Least Remarkable Song Series – #17

Southern Gospel music has always had the ‘novelty’ song.  What is a novelty song you may ask.  A novelty song, while fun, has no lasting impact on the listener; other than the two to three minutes the song is being performed.

The biggest novelty song in the history of the genre, is the Stuart Hamblen classic, “First Day In Heaven”.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me every quartet in Southern Gospel music staged this song at some point in their career.

Some may be surprised I consider this one of the least remarkable songs in Southern Gospel music, but again; zero lasting impact except for the two to three minutes of the performance.

Here is a YouTube clip of the biggest showmen in the history of the genre performing this novelty tune.  The Statesmen and “First Day In Heaven”.

*Video Credit (statesmenfan)

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2 thoughts on “Least Remarkable Song Series – #17

  1. While I see your point, I think that’s a great thing about songs in general, or even life in general for that matter. There’s no way songs such as “We Shall Behold Him” or “Because He Lives” would be the mega songs they are without the lesser songs of all kinds, even funny or light-hearted songs, as long as they aren’t making fun of the gospel. I rather always enjoyed “Your First Day in Heaven,” lasting impact or not. Of course, Stuart Hamblen also wrote some impact songs like “It Is No Secret” and “Until Then.”

  2. While I’m not a fan of the song and think it’s been overdone, I think there are many others that should should supersede this one in the category that are just ridiculous lyrically (The Devil’s In The Phone Booth Dialin 911) or boring musically (The Spencers’ Coming Soon). This is a song about someone dreaming about their first day in heaven when they realize “their worry in’ days are through”. While I don’t think all the lyrics are necessarily Biblical (like learning how to fly), I don’t find it ridiculous or unremarkable. But hey, it’s your blog!

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