The title is either "when I cross that river" or "when I crossed that river" - the tense of the rest of the words means that "crossed" makes more sense, but some artists have recorded it as "cross".
There is a reference to a song with the same title being a spiritual sung by slaves, in a musical written in 1998 with 26 "original songs": it is not clear if this is actually the same song.
No sources of printed sheet music have been found.
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Contemporary band - keyboard and guitar:
Recording by the Spencer family:
Southern gospel praise band:
Trio - self backed on guitar and mandolin:
LyricsMany hills and many valleys, these old tired feet have trod,
And so often I have wondered, would they reach heaven's sod?
Oh, but I know the answer when I stepped in Jordan's stream,
And when I crossed that river, it was worth it all to me.
And when I crossed that river, it was worth it all to me
All the beauties of heaven before my eyes I could see;
There stands Jesus and there's Mom and Dad, they've been waiting for me
When I crossed that river, it was worth it all to me.
Now I've changed from rags to a robe of white
And my shoes, they're made of gold;
A glorious street the Lord is leading me
All is new; there's nothing old.
We've just stopped before my mansion,
My name's inscribed above the door;
Just today it was completed,
And now I'll live here forever more.