Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

There are words in the chorus of the "Preacher and the Slave" song by Joe Hill:

You will eat, by and by,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die

What does "by and by" mean?

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 9 down vote accepted

My dictionary says:

By and by - before long; eventually.

Strangely there was nothing on the OALD.

share|improve this answer
3  
+1; Similar phrases are "sooner or later" and "one of these days". –  MrHen Apr 27 '11 at 15:59
    
+1; Thanks for the contribution. :D The more, the better! –  Alenanno Apr 27 '11 at 15:59
add comment

Some (indeterminate) time in the future.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.