How about another Amish singing video? This is another beautiful one from P. Thomas, from several months back, recorded with a number of other hymns. The venue is a New Order Amish youth group singing (likely in Ohio). New Order Amish tend to be more open when it comes to cameras, so we’ve seen a good number of recordings from them.
Like others we’ve heard, this one is an English-language hymn, and is sung in multiple parts. This type of singing would differ greatly from the singing done in church from the Ausbund hymnal (here’s one example of Amish church singing for comparison). In their singings, some Amish youth groups will sing both German and English-language hymns.
One non-musical thing of note: You will notice in the video that one of the fellows in the foreground has a beard. Beards are typically associated with marriage. However that’s not how all Amish do it. Some Amish groups begin growing beards at different points in their lives, including at baptism. In this group, the men also generally sport shorter, more closely-cropped hair.
The hymn dates to 1954, and was authored by one J.B. Coats, who was a public school teacher from Mississippi. Here are the lyrics to “Sometime” via hymnary.org, followed by the video below:
1 This life is hard to understand,
The way is narrow and steep;
But God is on the mountain top,
So I’ll just travel and weep.
Yes, sometime we’ll meet again to part no more, nevermore,
Sometimes there will be no goodbye;
Not far away on heaven’s shore,
No heartbreak will cause me to cry;
Again we’ll be together to live and sing forever,
A song that’s sweeter far than we know;
We’ll understand ev’rything each mystery will be plain,
That causes heartache, heartache below.
2 There is a land as bright as day,
‘Tis waiting not far ahead;
But I must lose this flesh and blood,
I look for death without dread. [Refrain]
3 My sorrow, then, is sweet to me,
If for Christ’s sake on I go;
But when I lose a precious friend,
It causes teardrops to flow. [Refrain]