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Stroll Over Heaven (Intro)

as recited by Carl L. Trivette at the funeral of his wife, Marilee Rasnake Trivette on February 9, 2003 

The story of how Carl L. Trivette - "Mountain Man Carl" was inspired, in 1952, to write the song, "I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven with You."

As I looked over the group of people that are here tonight. My life and Marilee's life, at a very young age - we were Christians devoted to the things of the Lord. Most of all, we cherrished the moments that we had to sing the Gospel. And, the songs that I have written over the years - I couldn't tell you how many songs that I have written. I'm so happy tonight, to see some of the folks come through the line - that I knew - our old bass singer, Don Moore and his wife Lois came by to see us. But, I wrote many songs, and the song that is going to be sung now is one that I wrote back more than 50 years ago. When Marilee and I were teenagers - we traveled each summer to a little place called May, Virginia where the Appalachian District had a camp meeting. Marilee's daddy and mother were in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. And, Marilee was staying with a Reverend and Mrs. Stone. They had a little cabin, up on top of the hill that overlooked the openair tabernacle - where we had services each morning and each night. Marilee and I had just begun to spark, and we walked hand-in-hand down to...(after the service)...down to a little place, that we all called the lunch stand. That's where we could get a hot dog, a Pepsi-Cola, a Coke, or a hamburger, a bag of potato chips. We'd get that after the service. I recall that we walked, then, back up the long hill to the little cabin. We strolled hand-in-hand to the top of the hill. And, I'll never forget the night, even as if it was tonight. There was a full moon. It was so light out, that it seemed like that the sun had just gone in behind the clouds. We walked along that ridge. And, I never will forget, Mrs. Stone pulling back the curtain, looking out to see what them two young folks were doin'. And, we strolled from one end of that ridge to the other. After I left, it gave me a feeling for a song. Now, we were experiencing an Earthly relationship at that moment. And, I wondered how long will that relationship would last. And then, what happens after this life. I remembered thinking, "well we've strolled this ridge, tonight - and I would love to live out my life, and someday be granted the privilege to 'Stroll Over Heaven' with Marilee." Now, this is kind of a love song - with a Christian tint to it. Marilee had asked that this song be sung here at her funeral. I know that many people may have heard this song. It's be recorded by several different people, including The Happy Goodman Family. But, we have asked my niece and her husband to render that song that I wrote more than 50 years ago - with Marilee being the inspiration for me to write it. "I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven with You."

Carl L. Trivette - Mountain Man Carl

Listen to the I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven Eulogy

 

I Want To Stroll Over Heaven with You Lyric Sheet 1952, 2004

I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven (Ruff Cut from a Back Porch Rendition recorded live at the Rope Studio at Rocky Bottoms)

I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven Eulogy as recited by Carl L. Trivette at the funeral of his wife, Marilee Rasnake Trivette on February 9, 2003

 

(February 28, 2006) Nashville, TN --  "I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You" has now been recorded by Alan Jackson. Written by Carl Trivette, in 1952, this traditional gospel song is included on Jackson's new CD, Precious Memories. Intended only to be a Christmas present for his mama, encouragement from family, friends and his record label (Arista Nashville) persuaded Jackson to offer this collection of classic hymns for public release. Precious Memories hit three Billboard sales charts at #1, with 107,218 units sold during the first week of release. Others to record I Want to Stroll Over Heaven with You, include the Happy Goodman Family and IIIrd Tyme Out.

The story of how Carl L. Trivette - Mountain Man Carl was inspired, in 1952, to write the song "I Wanna  Stroll Over Heaven with You."

I Want To Stroll Over Heaven with You Lyric Sheet

I Wanna Stroll Over Heaven Eulogy audio recording

 


 

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