Jim Reeves sings Afrikaans songs

I would like to invite you to listen to Jim Reeves as he sings some favorite Afrikaans love songs. He was very popular in Southern Africa, and most of his million selling records were sold there. About 17 million.

EK HET OOK NOG ‘N WEBSITE WAAR DAAR BAIE AFRIKAANS LIEDE IS: favourite-love-songs.com (“favourite” with the English spelling)

1. Daar doer in die bosveld

This is about living in the bushveld, where there is peace and rest.

2. Sarie Marais

This is about the Boer War, when a guy is away from his girlfriend Sarie Marais, and is longing to see her again.

3. Jy is my liefling – You are my love

Here he sings it in English too, although it is not quite the same words.

4. Geboorteplasie

This is about a guy longing to go back to the farm where he was born. I have noticed on the internet, that a lot of farmers are being killed in South Africa. Someone told me, that since Mandela took over, over 50,000 white people have been killed in South Africa.

5. Die blonde matroos (The blond sailor)

The words listed are not the same as what Jim Reeves is singing!

6. Verre Land

A person longing to go back to the far away land, where everything is nice, with the sun shining, and the waves crashing in the sea.

7. Draf maar aan ou ryperd

Plod along old horse, let’s go back to the farm where we can feel relaxed. The people in the city don’t speak our language.

8. Net ‘n stille uurtjie

He wants to spend a nice quiet hour with his girl.

9. In die skadu van ou Tafelberg

There is something very majestic about Table Mountain in Cape Town.

10. My blinde hart

They say love is blind, and his guys heart is blinded by love.

11. Ek velang na jou

I long for you. Jim sings some English words too.

12. Jim Reeves sings an Afrikaans song – Ding dong

People have told me, that in the old days, when a guy went to visit a girl, that there would be a candle burning, and when it was finished burning, it was time for him to leave.

13. The old Kalahari and True

Here Jim Reeves sings partly in Afrikaans, and partly in English.

14. Nooientjie van die ou Transvaal

A guy is longing for his girlfriend who lives in the Transvaal province.

15. Bolandse nooientjie

The Boland is the high country east of Cape Town. We were in a snow storm once in Ceres.

I also have a gospel site where Jim Reeves sings gospel songs, and South African singers sing gospel songs in the Afrikaans language. Visit us at: countrygospelandbible.com


Jim Reeves songs of faith

I feel that Jim Reeves sings songs of faith with so much sincerity. Some of the old hymns feel so much nicer the way he sings them, compared with the way I have heard them in church.

1.  Old time religion

We used to sing this one a lot when we were kids.

2. Beyond the clouds

I only heard this song as I was doing this web page, but it feels real good. I hope Mr. Reeves made it through the pearly gates. The person who loaded this one did a real good job with the art. Such lovely pictures.

3. The farmer and the Lord

Recently there has been a tremendous drought across the USA, and it makes me wonder about the laws of God. In the scriptures, God says that every seventh year, the ground it suppoed to be left alone to rest, but I don’t think anybody obeys the laws of God. I think Jim does this song so nice.

4. Across the bridge

This song had so much meaning to me when I was young.

5. Trouble in amen corner

One man told me that my singing was not worth listening to, and it hurt me real bad. Maybe God likes my singing, I don’t know. Thinking about it, I did sell a few thousand records, so maybe some people did like my singing.

6. Have Thine own way Lord

To me, Jim Reeves sings this song of faith with way more sincerity than I have heard it in any church.

7. The flowers, the sunset, the trees

I love the sunsets. God used to talk to Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening.

8. In the garden

I met a preacher once, who claimed that Jim was anti church because of the song “My Cathedral.” Later on, thinking about it, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Did that make Jesus anti church? Some people have weird ideas.

9. Teach me how to pray

When I hear this song, my mind goes back to when I was a kid, and the house we were living in, and my parents bedroom. To me, songs paint pictures in my mind.

10. Jim Reeves songs of faith – A beautiful life

Let us try and help one another. So many people have helped me in my life. Thank you very much.

11. May the good Lord bless and keep you

Beloved, I wish above all things, that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. That is one of my favorite Bible verses.

12. I’d rather have Jesus

This song was written by George Beverly Shea, who used to sing at the Billy Graham meetings.

I also have a Gospel web site. If you want to check it out, go to:  http://countrygospelandbible.com/


Jim Reeves variety of songs

Jim Reeves sang a variety of songs about lots of different subjects, like: children, trains, gambling, blizzards, etc. So I would like to share some of my favorites with you.

1. Old Tige

This one of my favorite love songs about a dog. When I get near the end of this song, I get chills all over my body. Our friend Tony takes care of stray cats, and here is his link: http://www.feralcatsofwelland.com/past_events.html

2. Silver haired Daddy of mine

This is such a lovely song about a Dad. Written by Gene Autry. My Dad was the other side of the world when he died, and I wasn’t able to see him.

3. Railroad bum

I loved this song when I was young. Such beautiful music. I’ve also been in the Silver Dollar in Reno. Won a little bit of money there.

4. Waiting for a train

So much fun being on a train. Lots of memories for me.

5. Fools Paradise

This one brings back so many memories. He said he heard it on an old Tex Ritter movie.

6. White cliffs of Dover

This song is about the Second World War.

7. The Blizzard

Cold weather is a big problem in North America. You gotta be prepared for the worst, or you could be dead. Jim Reeves really does sing a wide variety of songs.

8. Mexican Joe

This was the very first song I sang on TV when I was a kid. I have never been in Mexico, but it felt like a swinging experience.

9. Wreck of the Number Nine

When Jim Reeves died, the radio station played a program of songs in his honour, and this was one of the numbers. It is so sad. This is reality though. Where I lived, the station master made a mistake, and sent out a train, when there was another coming in on that track, and they met head on.

10. Bimbo

On one live recording he says: “I always break a string on Bimbo.”

11. Penny Candy by Johnny Hamblyn

I couldn’t find Jim’s version on the you tube, so I have put in this one.

12. But you love me Daddy

I first heard this one while waiting for a train. It seems so sad that he didn’t have any children of his own. His own Dad died when he was little.

13. Too many parties and too many pals

This is very thought provoking.

14. Distant drums – Jim Reeves variety of songs

I have put this one here instead of by the favorite love songs because it makes me think of when I was in the military. This was a big hit after his death. I think it was number one in the U.K.

15. J.R. on Stage – side one

I had this record when I was young, and loved it very much. I love the way he takes off other country singers.

16. J.R. on stage – side two

When we were in Nashville we were able to see his bus “Big Blue” that was on the back of the record.

17. The 46th anniversary of his passing

I just came across this today (January 20.2014) and enjoyed this nice glimpse of my favorite country singer.

18. Personal Favourites – early years – 50’s

Hi. I just found this one today too. What I thought was so interesting was, seeing Jim and Elvis in the same photo. I always wondered if they knew each other.

19. Cindy Walker talks about her song “Distant Drums” and how J.R. made a demo for her

A very interesting story behind one of his biggest hits.

20. His wife Mary talks about his million sellers

He had 33 gold records in South Africa. When I was a kid in Rhodesia, he was as “big” as Elvis.

21. He talks about being mobbed at the airport near Johannesburg and the film “Kimberley Jim”

We have a copy of the film that we bought at his museum in Nashville.

22. Country singers talk about his drinking and his fighting

Hank Locklin tells an interesting story about how Jim was driving home in a storm, and he saw a man holding up his hand as a stop sign. He stopped, but he saw no man, but then he saw the bridge was down. I believe that must have been an angel warning him and sparing his life on that occasion.

23. His manager shares some secrets

Some interesting facts.

24. The plane crash

A lot of things I didn’t know. It was such a shock when I heard of his death. To me, he was like a father image. His songs were like a father giving advice to his son.

25. Some ‘live’ concerts

He came to Bulawayo, but I didn’t see him.

26. J.R. interview in Europe with museum pictures

As he is talking and singing, you can view the museum.

27. Mary showing the museum part 1

It brings back memories from 1983 when I went there.

28. Mary showing the museum part 2

She has an Elvis jump suit.

29. Mary showing the museum part 3

I took my family there in about 1995, and showed them “Big Blue.”

30. Mary Reeves – A lifetime with Jim

She writes about her happy life with her husband.

31. Mary’s voice – She talks to Larry Jordan – Author of  “His Untold Story”

Apparently some people doubt that Larry knew Mary, so he recorded her telephone conversations.

Favorite love songs by Jim Reeves


Jim Reeves sings quite a few of my favorite love songs. About 50 years ago I was a big fan of his, and sang about 50 of his songs.

1. I won’t forget you

This song runs through my mind all the time.

2. You’re the only good thing that’s happened to me

We have our ups and downs, like all lovers do, but you know in your heart, that I adore you. (I sometimes change the words of songs to suit myself).

3. A new moon over my shoulder

When I was young, I thought that the music in this song was the best ever.

4. I love you because

I think this is one of the best love songs ever. Jim Reeves singing, with beautiful pictures is tops in my book.

5. In the misty moonlight – Jim Reeves favorite love song

I love the talking part. It has so much meaning.

6. I’ve enjoyed as much of this as I can stand

You look lovelier tonight than I remember.

7. Don’t let me cross over

This was a big hit for him.

8. Blue skies

Such a beautiful song.

9. Why do I love you?

I never actually sang this song, but it has always been in the back of my mind.

10. The search is ended

Finding someone to love is one of the biggest searches ever.

11. Four walls

I always related to this song because I am a bit laid back, and not an agressive sort of person, (unless I get provoked).

12. Welcome to my world

I love the lush violin type music on this one.

13. Have I told you lately that I love you?

This is also one of the standard top love songs ever.

14. Till the end of the world

This one takes me right back to a friend’s house where I heard it.

15. Waltzing on top of the world

This is romance!

16. I guess I’m crazy

Love is crazy and irrational.

17. Moonlight and roses

A friend lent me this LP when I was young.

18. Mexican Joe “live”

It looks like Jim Reeves is with Tex Ritter. This song is the first song I sang on TV when I was a teenager.

19. Yonder comes a sucker “live”

I think he wrote this one, so he wasn’t always crying over lost love!

20. He’ll have to go

I think this was his biggest hit.

21. Adios Amigo

A loser song, but a good one.

22. Maria Elena

Lots of memories with this one.

23. Your old love letters

After a break up with a girlfriend, this song got me into country singing.

24. I’d like to be

This song takes me right back to where we were living when I was a teenager.

25. Rosa Rio

The other night I lay in bed singing this song. I still know all the words!

26. My happiness

Here is another lovely old time love song.

27. My hands are clean

I just found this song the other day. He sings it so nicely.