Music Monday: Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill

Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek.  I saw it at Carrie’s Book Reviews and _For Book’s Sake. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Mondays to change things up a little.

I grew up with the Eagles and Flying Burrito Brothers and Poco and Pure Prairie League and Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, but I really didn’t get into country music until the late 1980’s’, when there were more and more artists pushing that envelope between country and rock. The artist that became a favorite was Vince Gill, formerly from Pure Prairie League, where I had sung along to his vocals on “Let Me Love You Tonight” repeatedly.

Gill was on tour and ready to perform in Green Bay one night many years ago when he found out his brother died. He took the stage and quietly told the audience about the phone call he received. All was quiet until some ass hat yelled, “Liar!” I won’t repeat what Gill’s response was, but it certainly wasn’t PG-rated. Go Rest High on that Mountain was a song that he started writing after his brother’s death, and finished it some years later. In 2019, Gill performed in Green Bay again and I got to see him in concert (I also saw him perform with the Eagles in 2018) and he told the story of the song.

I think I have all of Vince Gill’s CDs (yes, I’m old school and so is my vehicle, which has a 4-CD changer in it that I ALWAYS use. My husband and I are also former DJ’s and have accumulated a collection of more than 1000 CDs that we listen to all the time. Gill’s music is in regular rotation.

There is also a much-publicized version of Go Rest High on That Mountain at the funeral of George Jones in 2013, Vince Gill broke down when trying to perform because he was such a fan of Jones and more importantly, a friend. Patty Loveless helped him get through that performance, which you can see here:

The song Go Rest High on that Mountain can be found on Vince Gill’s album When Love Finds You, and you can stream it off Amazon if you have Prime from the Ken Burns Country Music Soundtrack.

I know your life on earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren’t afraid to face the Devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
Wish I could see the angels’ faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

So go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

So go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son

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