Jo Stafford- Poor Wayfaring Stranger
“The Wayfaring Stranger” (aka “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” or “I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger”), is a well-known American spiritual/folk song likely originating in the early 19th centur y about a plaintive soul on the journey through life.
It became one of Burl Ives’ signature songs, included on his 1944 album The Wayfaring Stranger. Ives used it as the title of his early 1940’s CBS radio show and his 1948 autobiography. He became known as “The Wayfaring Stranger.”
I was introduced to this song awhile back through Dusty Springfield, who was introduced to it by Jo Stafford. Truly a beautiful song, and Jo Stafford’s is my favorite of all the versions I’ve listened to. She’s now one of my favorite artists thanks to Dusty.