Recently, while Tommy Walker was at LifeWay Worship, recording WorshipLife LIVE, we had the privilege of sitting down with him, and hearing the Story Behind the Song, Someday, off of his new album, Living in the Wonder. It was such an amazing, and touching story, we just had to share.
We hope you enjoy this story and the song, Someday!
I have a great friend, Linda McCrary, who has sung with me for many years. Linda was also a singer with Andraé Crouch for many years. Because of her relationship with Andraé, she set me up with an opportunity to meet and have a writing session with Andraé. Next thing I know, I’m at his house listening to him come up with a new awesome song idea about every minute. I quickly turned my phone on, began recording, leaned back and just listened to his wonderful ideas. In the middle of it, he sang the phrase, “Someday it will all be over.” He sang it to a beautiful melody and it sounded so timeless to me… Andraé had a way of doing that – making songs sound like they already existed. This song sounded as though Ray Charles sang it in the 1950s (of course, he didn’t, but it was just that timeless). So I took the hook and ran with it. I then recorded it with Ed Cash on the Living in the Wonder project and it came out so beautiful. In fact, one very special part about this song is that I got to sing it to my Mom just before she passed away, and she really liked it. Being that my Mom was my first, biggest, and most continuous cheerleader in my songwriting – as a Mom should be – it was special to get to sing THIS song to her and then, of course, her Someday came.
Now, the funny part of the story is that we finished the recording and it was COMPLETELY done, but I had not had the chance to get back to Andraé’s house to play it for him, and I KNEW I had to get back to him to sing it for him before we released it – because it was part his song! So, I finally made it back to his house. Sadly, he was in poor health, but I put my headphones over his ears and made him listen to it. I could tell he was being touched by it, and I was praying, “Please let him love it (because I had already recorded it),” and the second prayer was, “Please don’t let him have any ideas of changing it (as he was notorious for making changes because he was just so creative and continually coming up with new ideas).” So, he takes the headphones off and says, “I really like it. It’s a beautiful song. BUT, I have an idea.” And, I was like Noooo! But, he continued and said, “What if, instead of ending it ‘Someday it will all be over,’ what if the last time through we sang, ‘Someday it will all have just begun.’” And I almost wept because I was thinking… I have to do this! I have to change it! I. HAVE. TO. CHANGE. THIS. I mean, what could be a better way to end the song?! Because Someday is not just a Heaven song, but it’s about Someday it will all be over… it’s about laying our burdens down… we’ll finally be able to let go of all the trouble and worries of this life, which is why Heaven is so important to us. I knew I had to change it, so I called Ed Cash, and said, “Please, can I just change this one line?” Thankfully, he let me.
And now that it’s done, and Andraé has passed – with tears in my eyes – I just thank the Lord I had the chance to write with the legendary Andraé Crouch. But not only that, I got to write a Heaven song with him right before he went to Heaven. I don’t know for sure, but if it wasn’t the last song he ever had recorded, it had to have been very, very close to the last song and what an unbelievable privilege. I’m so extremely grateful.