He Touched Me

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Ce 3ème vinyl religieux du king sera classé 79ème et sera certifié "gold" . Nomminé pour les Grammy Awards, il obtiendra le prix du meilleur album dit d' "inspiration" .

Actuellement les ventes de ces titres, dispatchés sur différents supports, dépassent allègrement plusieurs millions d' exemplaires.

Dans "He touched me" , chanson phare, la formation Choristes / Elvis autour du piano est toute simplement magique. L' atmosphère ressemble à celle des séances de détente d' après concerts qu' Elvis et ses musiciens affectionnaient lorsqu' ils interprétaient des gospels pour décompresser et qui se terminaient tard dans la nuit.

"Amazing grace" est de la même qualité artistique. La voix quelque peu chevrottante du chanteur (assez caractéristique de ces années 72 - 77) apporte conviction et sincérité. Le travail impeccable des choristes démontre à quel point ils sont impliqués, qu' ils ne sont pas de simples participants.

"Lead me, guide me" et "Reach out to Jesus" sont également admirables. Mais, selon moi,  c'est dans  "An evening prayer" qu' Elvis est (si possible) le plus convainquant. Toujours cette voix chevrottante ponctuée et soutenue par l' organiste Charlie Mc Coy.

Quant à "He is my everything" , il conserve la même partition musicale que "there goes my everything" de Juin ' 70 d' où un orchestre plus complet par rapport aux chansons précédemment citées qui paraissent plus sobres musicalement.

Mais le king exprime aussi sa foi avec des titres au tempo plus rapide comme "Bosom of Abraham" ou "I ,John" proches des gospels du 33 t "His hand in mine" de 1960.

Dans "A thing called love"  interviennent cuivres et violons . Là encore, le résultat est superbe.

Les choeurs demeurent trés gospels dans "I' ve got confidence" et "Seeing is believing" alors que la guitare de James Burton impose un rythme et une sonorité trés rock. Subtil mélange rendu possible grâce à de Grands Professionnels !

"There is no God but God" ne rompt pas l' homogénéité de cet album malgré son "ambiance" assez particulière.

Mais pour comprendre réellement le travail fournit par l' ensemble des personnes qui ont mis leur âme dans ce projet, un conseil (si je puis..) : s' isoler, écouter attentivement .. et savourer. Comme tous les bons disques, il faut plusieurs écoutes pour apprécier .

 

Album édité en Avril 1972 !

He Touched Me
I've Got Confidence
Amazing Grace
Seeing Is Believing
He Is My Everything
Bosom of Abraham
An Evening Prayer
Lead Me, Guide Me
There Is No God but God
A Thing Called Love
I, John
Reach out to Jesus

 


Les Paroles

He Touched Me

Shackled by a heavy burden
Need the Lord again and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And now I am no longer the same

For He touched me, He touched me
He touched me and what a wonderful joy
What wonderful joy that foods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole

Oh since I met this blessed Savior
And since he cleaned and me me whole
Oh I never cease, never cease to prise Him
I'll shout it while eternity rolls

Oh He touched me, oh He touched me
And oh what a joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole


I've Got Confidence

When trouble is in my way
I can't tell the night from day
I toss from side to side
Like a ship on a raging tide
I don't worry and I don't fret
God has never failed me yet
Troubles comin' from time to time
But that's all right, 'cause I'm not the worrying kind

Because I, I've got confidence,
God is gonna see me through
No matter what the case may be
I know He's gonna fix it for me

Job was so sick so long
Till the flesh fell from his bones
His wife, cattle and children,
Everything that he had was gone
But Job he never dispaired
He knew that God still cared
Sleepless days and sleepless nights
Job said honey that's all right

'Cause I've got confidence
God is gonna see me through
No matter what the case may be
I know He's gonna fix it for me

Some folks wonder how I smile
Even though I'm going to trial
How can I have song
Everything is going wrong
I don't worry and I don't fret
God has never failed me yet

Trouble's coming from time to time
That's all right, I'm not the worrying kind
'Cause I've got confidence.....


Amazing Grace

Amazing grace, oh how sweet the sound
That saved a wreck like me
I once was lost, though now I'm found
I was blind, but now I see
When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Then when, when we first begun
Too many ages false and spent
I have already hung
This face and flock He saved us by
His endless grace will leave me whole
Amazing grace, oh how sweet the sound
To save a wreck like me

I once was lost, but now I'm found
I was blind, but now I see


Seeing Is Believing

Every time I see the sun rise
Or a mountain that's so high
Just by seeing is believing
I don't need to question why
When I see a mighty ocean
That rushes to the shore

If I ever had cause to doubt Him
I don't doubt Him anymore
Oh seeing, seeing, seeing is believing
And I see him everywhere
In the mountains, in the valley
Yes I know my God is there
Oh, in time I look above me
See the stars that fill the sky
How could there be any question
Only God can reach that high


He Is My Everything

I long to be His possession
Oh, He is my everything
I remember my days of darkness
Without sunshine or sight to lead the way
But a whisper of His voice softly calling
To the arms of my Maker to stay

He is my reason for living,
Oh He is the king of all kings
I long to be His possession,
Oh, He is my everything

After the lighting and thunder
After the last bell has rung
I want to bow down before Him
And hear Him say well done

He is my reason for living
Oh He is the king of all kings
I long to be His possession
Oh, He is my everything


Bosom of Abraham

Well you rock my soul
Down in the bosom of Abraham
Rock, rock, rock down in the bosom of Abraham
He rocks my soul down in the bosom of Abraham

Well a rich man lives, He lives so well
Children, when he dies on a lonely hill
Why don't you rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham


An Evening Prayer

If I have wounded any soul today
If I have caused one foot to go
If I have lost in my own misery
Dear Lord forgive

Forgive a sin I have confessed to Thee
Forgive my secret sins I do
Oh God watch over me and my misery
Dear Lord, help me


Lead Me, Guide Me

Lead me oh Lord, won't you lead me
I am tired and I need Thy strength and power
To guide me over my darkest hour
For just open my eyes that I may see
Lead me oh Lord, won't you lead me

Lead me, guide me along the way
For if you lead me I cannot stray
Or just open my eyes that I may see
Lead me oh Lord, won't you lead me
I am lost if you take your hand from me
I am blind without try light to see

Lord just always let me Thy servant be
Lead me oh Lord, won't you lead me
Lead me, guide me along the way
For if you lead me I cannot stray

Lord just open my eyes that I may see
Lead me oh Lord, won't you lead me


There Is No God but God

There is no God, but God,
I know this is true
God made everything,
He made me, He made you
There'd be no birds,
No planes to sail in the blue
Without his wondrous eyes
To see them through

They say God made land
And He gave it all to man
Yes I know He's mighty good and true
There is no God, but God
And He knows everything to do
So just you call on Him
And He will share His love with you

There is no God, but God
I know this is true
For God made everything,
He made me, He made you

There'd be no birds,
No planes to sail in the blue
Without his wondrous eyes
To see them through

They say God made land
And He gave it all to man
This I know is mighty, good and true
There is no God, but God

And He knows everything to do
So just you call on Him
And He will share His love with you


A Thing Called Love

Six foot six stood on the ground, weighted 235 pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down to his knees by love
He was the kind of man who would gamble on love
Look you in the eye and never back up
But I saw him crying like a little whipped pup because of love

Can't see it with your eyes, hold it in your hands
Like the rules that govern our land
Strong enough to rule the heart of every man, this thing called love

It can lift you up, it can put you down
Take your world and turn it all around
Ever since time nothing's ever been found stronger than love
Men like me they worry and doubt
Trouble their minds day in and day out
Too busy a livin' to worry about a thing called love

And then I see a mother's tenderness
As she holds her young close to her breast
Then I say thank God this world will win with the thing called love


I, John

Oh well, I, John, he saw might numbers
A way up in the middle of the air
I, John he saw might numbers
Way in the middle of the air
Got to mighty move, John, you saw mighty numbers
Way up in the middle of the air

Well there were three gates in the east
And there were three gates in the west
Three gates in the north
Three gates in the south
And that makes twelve gates to the city all square wide

John, you saw might numbers way up in the middle of the air
Well John declared that he saw a man
He held twelve bright stars in his right hand
Well his eyes flashed fire like the burning sun
Old John got scared and he wanted to run
Well he wanted to run but his feet wouldn't go
Cause he felt the gospel cutting like a two-edged sword
And he heard a voice that said John, you take a look
And read what you see and then you write it in a book

And he saw twelve angels in the east
And there were twelve angels in the west
Twelve angels in the north,
Twelve angels in the south
That's a total of forty-eight angels to the city, four squared wide


Reach out to Jesus

Is your burden heavy as you bear it all alone?
Does the road you travel, harbor dangers yet unknown?
Are you growin' weary in the struggle of it all?
Jesus will help you with all his name you call

He's always there hearing every prayer, faithful and true
Walking by our side, in his love we hide all the day through
When you get discouraged just remember what to do
Reach out to Jesus, he's reaching out to you

Is the life you're living filled with sorrow and dispair?
Does the future press you with its worry and its scare?
Are you tired and jealous, have you almost your way?
Jesus will help you, just talk to him today