A Half A Mile A Day Lyrics

by Johnny Cash

One night after a concert
I walked through the streets of the town
And came upon a little church

The service was over but the testimonials had just begun
People caught up in the spirit of the night
Just didnt want to leave
So I stepped inside the door
And sat down by a little old lady in the back

A man stood up in front and said
I just want all of you to know that
Im going straight to heaven as fast as I can go
Like an arrow shot from a bow and he sat down

Another man stood up and said
Im sailin' right straight into heaven
Like a giant clipper ship, sailin' on a sea of blue
And nothin's gonna deter me or keep me from that safe harbor

He sat down and another man stood up and said
Im flyin' into the portals of heaven on silver wings
Sailin' over all the troubles and trials down below
Straight on in and he sat down

The little lady beside me made it to her feet slowly
And all got quiet as she raised her face
Not to the preacher or the congregation
But toward heaven and prayerfully said

Im comin', Lord for my heavenly reward
Im on my way to You, can You see me comin' through?
Through clouds of persecution and stumblin' on the way
But I expect Im makin' 'bout a half a mile a day

The road to Heaven doesnt have a rapid transit plan
It's one way with no changes goin' to the promised land
But I believe that if I'll heed the things He had to say
Even I might get to Heaven at a half a mile a day

Lord, when I let You lead, I dont make any speed
'Cos I have to stop and touch the ones who need so much
And then sometimes others pull me off of Your narrow way
And by my mistakes I barely make a half a mile a day

But the road to Heaven doesnt have a rapid transit plan
It's one way with no changes goin' to the promised land
But I believe that if I'll heed the things He had to say
Even I might get to Heaven at a half a mile a day
Even I might get to Heaven at a half a mile a day