Somewhere East of Eden


Somewhere in the wilderness
See Adam walk away
Banished from the One Whose hands
Had made him from the clay
Looking back to Eden
He saw only what he’d lost
But if he could have looked beyond
He’d have seen a cross

Somewhere east of Eden
There is hope for fallen man
God knew what we needed
When this sinful world began
Jesus went to Calvary
To suffer in our place
Somewhere east of Eden
There is grace

If you’ve wandered far from God
Down some long, lonely road
He’s waiting now to welcome you
Just turn around and go
Wherever east of Eden is
For folks like you and me
For Adam’s children everywhere
These words will set you free


Look to the Lord
When you cannot find your way
Forces east of Eden
Will try to make you stay


Jesus went to Calvary
To suffer in our place
Somewhere east of Eden
There is grace

Authors & Composers

Written by Dianne Wilkinson and Daniel J. Mount

Publishing Information

© 2013 Christian Taylor Music/BMI | Tomorrow’s Hymns/BMI

Song Story

In 2013, I was living in North Carolina. I was listening to a sermon that Mark Hamilton preached at my parents’ church in Ohio. He observed that when God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, He banished them to the east (Genesis 3:24). And when He banished Cain after murdering Abel, it was further east (Genesis 4:16).

I thought it would be an incredible metaphor for where we are in our moments farthest from God’s presence—in those moments where He meets us and shows us grace. So I wrote a lyric draft that was quite sorrowful and lamenty. Each verse ended with “To till the sod and reap the thorns / Somewhere east of Eden.”

I mentioned this song idea to Dianne Wilkinson, and she loved it. She knew of the novel and movie by the same name (I had been oblivious!) But she heard the idea as an energetic country- or Southern Gospel-style song, ending in “Somewhere east of Eden / there is grace.”

It was totally different from where I thought the song would go. But her melodic direction had such an infectious energy and enthusiasm that I loved it and agreed to go in that direction.

But when you have a line that’s good enough, you don’t throw it in the trash can. Even though it didn’t fit this song, “till the sod and reap the thorns” only had to wait a few months until it found its rightful home in another song, “Remember We Are Dust”!

Ben Garms of The Garms Family did an exceptional job with the track. I think it was his first time recording something in this particular style, but it doesn’t sound like it! And my brother Michael Mount was gracious enough to sing the second verse and some chorus harmonies!

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