"Life's Railway to Heaven." "Life's Railway to Heaven" In 1890, Tillman put Baptist preacher M.E's hymn to music. Maybe M. E. Abbey wrote the railway song's entire text. Snow frequently set her hymn lyrics to popular music, like Tillman. Bell on YouTube, Oak Ridge Boys, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Brad Paisley, Russ Taff, and many more. On January 14, 2012, on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion, Brad Paisley performed a 4/4 rendition. One of the poems of Eliza Young (Truth Reflects on Our Senses) was set by Charles Tillman to the tune used later for the present hymn. Eliza R. Snow used the same tune with her lyrics for "Truth Reflects upon Our Senses" released some twenty years before Tillman was born by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some claim that some of the text may have been written by Eliza Roxcy Snow Young (1804-1887), the polygamous wife of Mormon founder Brigham Young, but I have not seen any conclusive evidence of it. And the song was written by evangelist artist and record publisher Charles Davis Tillman. Young's lyrics vary entirely from the Railway Song's phrases, except that Abbey's theme is used in it.