What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?

The clip below features the magical and moving music of Washington Phillips, accompanying himself on his celestophone (or whatever it may be). What are they doing in heaven today? Mr. Phillips, I would guess, now knows the answer as well as anyone.

What are they doing in heaven today,
Where sin and sorrow are all done away?
Peace abounds like a river, they say.
What are they doing there now?

I’m thinking of friends whom I used to know,
Who lived and suffered in this world below
But they’ve gone off to heaven, but I want to know
What are they doing there now?

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There’s some who were poor and often despised
They looked up to heaven with tear-blinded eyes
While people were heedless and deaf to their cries
But what are they doing there now?

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