“Go Rest High On That Mountain” is a song originally written and recorded by country music singer Vince Gill in 1995 as a tribute to his brother who had passed away. In 2016, Kelly Clarkson performed an expanded version of the song as a tribute to notable figures who had passed away, including Prince, David Bowie, and Christina Grimmie.
The expanded version of the song includes additional lyrics and a new arrangement that allows Clarkson to showcase her powerful vocals. The lyrics of the expanded version pay tribute to those who have left us too soon and offer a message of hope and comfort to those who are left behind.
The song begins with a new introduction that sets the tone for the tribute, with Clarkson singing, “We’re gathered here today, to say our last goodbyes / To all the ones we’ve loved and lost, and to celebrate their lives.”
As the song progresses, Clarkson adds verses that pay tribute to the various artists who have passed away, including Prince (“We lost a purple heart, the day that Prince died”), David Bowie (“We lost a Starman, a hero to many”), and Christina Grimmie (“We lost a rising star, who gave so much of herself”).
The chorus of the song remains the same as the original version, with Clarkson singing, “Go rest high on that mountain / Son, your work on earth is done / Go to heaven a-shoutin’ / Love for the Father and the Son.”
Overall, Clarkson’s expanded version of “Go Rest High On That Mountain” is a beautiful tribute to those who have passed away and a powerful reminder of the importance of cherishing the time we have with our loved ones.