Whither Thou Goest

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"Whither Thou Goest" is a popular song written by Guy Singer. The song was published in 1954. The words are adapted from the Bible (Ruth 1:16-17) (King James Version).

The most popular version was recorded by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Other versions were made by Perry Como (for his album When You Come to the End of the Day), Bing Crosby included the song in a medley on his album On the Sentimental Side (1962),[1] George Morgan (see below), Mahalia Jackson (included in her album Great Songs of Love and Faith {1962})[2] and Leonard Cohen.

The recording by Les Paul and Mary Ford was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2928. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 6, 1954 and lasted 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #14.[3]

"Whither Thou Goest" was recorded by George Morgan and released in early 1957 on a 12-inch Columbia 33 1/3 R.P.M. long play album entitled "Morgan, By George!".[4] The Columbia standard "Red Label" LP was recorded prior to the advent of stereo in monophonic high fidelity in 1956 and was released in the winter of early 1957. The LP contains three other songs of much stronger gospel origins, "Oh, Gentle Shepherd" by well-known songwriter Cindy Walker; "Mansion Over the Hilltop" and "Jesus Savior, Pilot Me". George Morgan's version of "Whither" is only two minutes and 13 seconds long on the LP and is performed in a medium-slow tempo at 3/4 metre and is composed mostly of lead guitars, a violin, muted rhythm cymbal, acoustic bass and a small background singing group containing a soprano singer who backs Morgan quite strongly in the mix. It is the second song on side B of the Columbia LP containing 12 songs in all. Though a "pop" song, radio stations across the United States continue to program George Morgan's version as a gospel selection to this day.

The song was performed live by Leonard Cohen since 1988 and was released on his album Live in London (2009).


  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  4. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved December 10, 2017.