ⓘ I Am a Pilgrim

                                     

ⓘ I Am a Pilgrim

I Am a Pilgrim is a traditional American gospel, folk, and bluegrass song.

The song combines elements from an "ld hymn entwined with Poor Wayfaring Stranger Sacred Harp - 1844. It appears in The Southern Zions Songster 1864 and in Hymns For the Camp 1862." The song references or alludes to several Bible passages, including "If I could touch the hem of his garment" which references Matthew 9:20 where a woman touches the hem of Jesus robe and is healed. In July 1924 the song was first recorded by Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, an African American group. Prominent musicians such as The Byrds, Johnny Cash, and Merle Travis have recorded the song.