Hear Lynn Anderson’s Final Single, ‘Drift Away Gospel’
"Drift Away Gospel," Lynn Anderson's final single, has been released.
Earlier this year, Anderson released a gospel album, Bridges, and "Drift Away Gospel" comes from that project. The song will be a familiar tune to many: It is a re-imagined version of Dobie Gray's 1973 hit "Drift Away," which was originally written by Anderson's partner, Mentor Williams.
Williams re-wrote the song for Anderson, and the new lyrics give the song its gospel edge. While many of the lyrics stay true to the original -- which was re-recorded by Uncle Kracker in 2003 -- in addition to a few verse changes, the chorus is totally new: "I give you my heart, Lord / You free my soul / I wanna walk down those streets of gold / And drift away."
"Bridges is Mom’s first religious CD in her long career of making music. It has been our soundtrack the past few months, and now, it’s become the perfect memoir," Anderson's daughter, Lisa Sutton, says. "Like a gift left behind, delivered as only Mom can ... It’s almost like it was meant to be."
The “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” singer died on July 30, at the age of 67, after suffering a heart attack. Anderson had been in the music industry for nearly 50 years, having released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane titled “For Better or for Worse,” when she was just 19 years old.
Listen to Lynn Anderson, "Drift Away Gospel":