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Jim Dixon Lyr Req/Add: What Will I Leave? (Si Kahn) (19) Lyr Add: WHAT WILL I LEAVE BEHIND (Sherrill Brown) 01 Jul 20

Si Kahn consistently called his song WHAT WILL I LEAVE, not WHAT WILL I LEAVE BEHIND. He recorded it on 3 albums: "I'll Be There: Songs for Jobs with Justice" by Si Kahn and Trapezoid (1989); "In My Heart: A Retrospective" (1994); and "Aragon Mill: The Bluegrass Sessions" by Si Kahn and the Looping Brothers (2013). Each of those is a new recording, not just a reissue of an old one. Evidently Si wanted the title to distinguish his song from this older country gospel song from which it is obviously derived. Unfortunately, it seems that many people who have learned Si's words have disregarded the nuance of his title. I hope this thread will correct that.

You can hear the following recording on YouTube.

Words and music by Sherrill Brown, ©1958.
As recorded by the Lilly Brothers and Don Stover on "What Will I Leave Behind" (2005)

1. After I leave for worlds unknown
Over the borderline,
Never again on earth to roam,
What will I leave behind?

CHORUS: Leave behind, yes, leave behind,
What will I leave behind?
After I leave for worlds unknown,
What will I leave behind?

2. Will I be missed by those I love,
Or have I been unkind?
Have I been true to God above?
What will I leave behind? CHORUS

3. This is my prayer, O Lord, today:
Let me be wholly Thine.
When I am called from earth away,
Let heaven then be mine. CHORUS

According to, the above song was published in the hymnal "Brighter Day" (1959) as well as 3 later hymnals.

Spotify also has recordings by:
Doofus on "What Did We Leave Behind" (1998)
Country Joe McDonald on "" (2000)
The Rahming Brothers on "What Will I Leave Behind" (2006)
The Chestnut Grove Quartet on "What Love" (2010)

A different song with the same title is sung by:
Martin Rodriguez on "Distortions of the Truth" (2011)

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