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?


My dictionary says:

By and by - before long; eventually.

Strangely there was nothing on the OALD.

  • 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

Some (indeterminate) time in the future.

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