Song of the Week: “Canaan Bound (Live)”

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Andrew Peterson, our faithful Proprietor, is hard at work on a special “best of” collection, re-recording several old favorites selected by a special fan vote taken earlier this summer. Such compilations are great portals into an artist’s full body of work, but what AP’s fans might not realize is that he also has a great selection of Appendix releases available with demos, alternate versions, live tracks, and other rarities. Our song of the week is a lovely live version of “Canaan Bound” and is one of 25 tracks found on Andrew’s Appendix A: Bootlegs & B-Sides. If you’ve never ventured into the Appendix series, they’re a great addition for any AP fan, old or new. You can use coupon code “CANAAN” to get 15% off of Appendix A in the Rabbit Room store this week.

“Canaan Bound (Live)”
by Andrew Peterson
from the album Appendix A: Bootlegs & B-Sides

Sarah, take me by my arm
Tomorrow we are Canaan bound
Where westward sails the golden sun
And Hebron’s hills are amber crowned

So bid your troubled heart be still
The grass, they say, is soft and green
The trees are tall and honey-filled
So, Sarah, come and walk with me

Like the stars across the heavens flung
Like water in the desert sprung
Like the grains of sand, our many sons
Oh, Sarah, fair and barren one
Come to Canaan, come

I trembled at the voice of God
A voice of love and thunder deep
With love He means to save us all
And Love has chosen you and me

Long after we are dead and gone
A thousand years our tale be sung
How faith compelled and bore us on
How barren Sarah bore a son
So come to Canaan, come

Where westward sails the golden sun
And Hebron’s hills are amber crowned
Oh, Sarah, take me by my arm
Tomorrow we are Canaan Bound

Matt Conner is a freelance writer and music journalist. As the founding pastor of The Mercy House, he led a church community for more than six years in intense community development across racial and socio-economic lines. As a writer, he’s interviewed thousands of musicians for multiple print and web-based publications.


9 Comments

  1. David

    One of my favorite songs — a great re-telling of the first chapter in redemptive history. If someone were to compose a musical that told the great story of the redemption and restoration, “Canaan Bound” would be a meet opening.

  2. Lisa

    Love this song. One of my favourites, haunting and hopeful and beautiful. Love, love, love it. Can’t play it on my iPad but will zoom down to the computer to have a listen. Did I mention I love this song?

  3. Adam

    In 2002 my wife and I were told by doctors that her endometriosis had scarred her uterus too much and that we would never have children. The pain and hopelessness of this news cut us incredibly deep, but through prayer and against all rational thought, we kept feeling like God was saying the opposite and even specifically that He was going to give us a girl. It was the strangest feeling, but couldn’t deny what I felt like he was saying to us. I’d have these swells of faith that “God doesn’t lie” and if He said we’ll have a baby then we will. Then massive waves of doubt would creep in that I was crazy for thinking that. Doctors certainly know better than I do.

    This song became one of our favorites as it reminded us much of the promises of God and what He spoke to Abraham and Sarah (the barren one). We kept believing and leaning into the promise of our Father and eventually learned that we were pregnant. We played this song in the labor and delivery room while Graham, our first son, was born. When I asked God why I felt like he said we would have a girl, immediately I had this sense of a joyful repsonse saying “Your girl is still coming…”. Two years later we had Elsie (which means “God’s Promise”). And two years ago we had Claire. God doesn’t lie. His promises are true. He is Good beyond our expectations and understanding.

    This song will forever be our favorite. Such a blessing to be able to share this story with our kids and the importance (and deep meaning) of this song. Thank you for writing it!!

    Blessings and Peace to you on your pilgrimage to the “amber crowned hills of Hebron”!

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