How Great Thou Art

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Dans ce 2nd album religieux d' Elvis, tous les  titres démontrent le travail exemplaire de chacun, mais mon attention est surtout attirée par les talentueux choristes qui sont, de toute évidence, Fan de Gospel étant donné l' enthousiasme, la joie qu' ils dégagent dans les chants à rythme rapide et la sincérité, la conviction qui émanent de leur prestation dans les rythmes plus lents.

Ces rythmes lents composant la face A du vinyl sont, sans exeption, de la même ( ô combien grande ) qualité artistique. Seule ma subjectivité fait que je parle ici d' une chanson plutôt que d' une autre.

" How Great Thou Art " octroie la part belle aux choeurs, délicatement soutenus par le piano et les violons. La voix grave du king donne du relief à l' interprétation et une sensation de croyance profonde et intime.

Pour apprécier pleinement le travail de chaque protagoniste, je conseillerais " Somebody Bigger Than You And I " . A écouter religieusement pour apprécier !

Comme "in the garden" , "Father along" ou "without Him" , l 'enregistrement de "stand by me" contribue à l' homogénéité de l' album. Malgré la présence des musiciens et de toute une chorale ce chant reste trés sobre, plein d' humilité, comme ce doit-être lorsque l' on s' interroge sur l' existentialisme, sur la petitesse de l' Homme dans l' univers et Dieu.

La face B offre des titres rythmés à l' image de  "where could i go but to the Lord" . Choristes et pianiste sont à l' honneur alors que, discrétement, la guitare contribue amplement au succès du résultat obtenu.

Nous avons également des tempo plus rapides -"so high" , "run on" , "by and by"- nous rappelant 1960 et l' album "His hand in mine" et des titres comme "swing down sweet chariot" ou "Joshua fit the battle" mais bien vite on constate que seul l' amour du gospel demeure. Les moyens humains et matériels employés sont, de loin, beaucoup plus important et sophistiqués !

Il en est de même pour "if the Lord was' nt walking by my side"  . C' est le titre rapide que je préfère. Les choristes sont tout simplement géniaux ! le bonheur !

Retour à des chants plus lents avec "where no one stands alone" . J' adore. Difficile d' expliquer pourquoi avec des mots. Juste un ressenti personnel conséquent d' un admirable travail de la part des artistes qui ont réussi à faire passer leurs émotions à travers leur chanson. L' objectif de toutes Grandes interprétations.

" Crying in the chapel " date de 1960 et seule la voix du king nous permet de ne pas faire de confusion avec les sessions des 25/28 Mai 1966 dont est issu ce disque. Preuve que même avec une voix plus rauque, le king parvient à transmettre toute sa sensibilité (" stand by me" par exemple).

Cet album auquel ont participé, en plus des "anciens" , toute une nouvelle génération de musiciens ( Chip Young : guitare , David Briggs : piano/orgue ), de choristes ( les Imperials , June Page , Dolores Edgin ) atteindra la 18ème place au billboard, sera certifié double platine et obtiendra le grammy du meilleur album religieux. Il fait d' Elvis , avec les titres des  33 t "His hand in mine" et "He touched me" , le plus important vendeur de chants d' inspiration. Difficile d' enfermer le king dans l' unique carcan de "roi du rock 'n' roll" ! 

 

Album édité en Février 1967 !

How Great Thou Art
In the Garden
Somebody Bigger Than You and I
Farther Along
Stand by Me
Without Him
So High
Where Could I Go but to the Lord
By and By
If the Lord Wasn't Walking by my Side
Run On
Where No One Stands Alone
Crying in the Chapel

 


Les Paroles

How Great Thou Art

Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
To take me home
What joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim my God how great thou art
Then sings my soul my savior God to thee
How great thou art
How great thou art
Then sings my soul my savior God to thee
How great thou art how great thou art


In the Garden

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The song of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known


Somebody Bigger Than You and I

Who made the mountains, who made the trees
Who made the rivers flow to the sea
And who sends the rain when the earth is dry
Somebody bigger than you and I

Who made the flowers to bloom in the spring
Who made the song for the robins to sing
And who hung the moon and the stars in the sky
Somebody bigger than you and I

He lights the way when the road is long
He keeps you company
And with His love to guide you
He walks beside you
Just like He walks with me

When were filled with despair
Who gives me courage to go from there
And who gives me faith that will never die
Somebody bigger than you and I


Farther Along

(We'll understand it all by and by)
Tempted and tried we're oft' made to wonder
Why it should be thus all the day long
While there are others living about us
Never molested, though in the wrong

Farther along we'll know more about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by

When death has come and taken our loved ones
Leaving our homes so lonely and drear
Then do we wonder how others prosper
Living so wicked year after year

Farther along we'll know more about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by


Stand by Me

When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me
When the storms of life are raging
Stand by me
When the world is tossing me
Like a ship out on the sea
Thou who rulest when wanted
Stand by me

When Im growing old and feeble
Stand by me
When Im growing old and feeble
Stand by me
When I do the best I can
And my friends misunderstand
Thou who never lost a battle
Stand by me
Thou who never lost a battle
Stand by me


Without Him

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him Id surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him Id be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God Im saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don't turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be

 
So High

Well, He's so high (so high you can't get over Him)
So wide (so wide you can't get around Him)
So low (so low you can't get under him)
Great God Almighty (you must come in at the door)

Oh well, He's high (so high you can't get over Him)
He's wide (so wide you can't get around Him)
So low (so low you can't get under him)
The mighty lamb (you must come in at the door)

Well I went down in the valley
You know I did over there ever stay
My soul got happy in the valley
You know I stayed right there all day

Well, He's high (so high you can't get over Him)
And he's wide (so wide you can't get around Him)
I know he's so low (so low you can't get under him)
The mighty lamb (you must come in at the door)

Well I ain't been to heaven but Im, I'm told
The streets the streets are pearls
You know the mighty mighty
Mighty gates are gold

And He's high (so high you can't get over Him)
So wide (so wide you can't get around Him)
He's so low (so low you can't get under him)
The mighty lamb (you must come in at the door)

Well, He's high (so high you can't get over Him)
And he's wide (so wide you can't get around Him)
I know he's so low (so low you can't get under him)
The mighty lamb (you must come in at the door)


Where Could I Go but to the Lord

Living below in this old sinful world
Hardly a comfort can afford
Striving alone to face temptation so
Now won't you tell me

Where could I go but to the Lord
Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking the refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord

Life here is grand with friends I love so dear
Comfort I get from God's own word
Yet when I face that chilling hand of death
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord

Where could I go but to the Lord
Where could I go oh where could I go
Seeking the refuge for my soul
Needing a friend to save me in the end
Won't you tell me
Where could I go but to the Lord


By and By

Well children by and by when the morning comes
All the saints of God together they come
We will tell the story how the Lord will come
And we'll understand him better by and by

Trials dark on every hand and we cannot understand
All the ways God will lead us
To the blessed promised land
He will guide us with his eye
And we'll follow till we die
And we'll understand him better by and by

Well children by and by when the morning comes
All the saints of God together they come
We will tell the story how the Lord will come
And we'll understand him better by and by

Temptation's hidden snares often take the sun away
And our hearts are made to bleed
For some thoughtless word or deed
And we wonder why the test when we try to do our best
But we'll understand it better by and by

Well children by and by when the morning comes
All the saints of God together they come
We will tell the story how the Lord will come
And we'll understand him better by and by

And we'll understand him better by and by


If the Lord Wasn't Walking by my Side

I don't know just what Id do
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side
When I was drifting (when I was drifting on the sea of a despair)
and I was wandering (I was wandering if Jehovah's up there)
When Jesus found me,(Jesus found me in my sinful life)
he heard me praying (he heard me praying on my knees at night)
Now Im singing (Now I'm singing this happy song)
because Im happy (because I'm happy as I go along)
And I don't know (I don't know) just what Id do
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side
What would I do, (What would I do when a tear fills my eyes)
what would I do (What would I do when it's my time to die)
Well Id be lonely, discouraged
Burdened on the way
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side every day

Id be so friendless (I'd be friendless all alone and blue)
and I'd be helpless (I'd be helpless, wouldn't know what to do)
And I don't know (I don't know) just what Id do
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side

(What would I do) What would I do when the tears fill my eyes
(What would I do) What would I do when it's my time to die
(I'd be lonely, discouraged, burdened on the way)
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side every day

Id be so friendless, (I'd be friendless all alone and blue)
I'd be so helpless (I'd be helpless, wouldn't know what to do)
And I don't know (I don't know) just what Id do
If the Lord wasn't walking by my side every day

If the Lord (wasn't walking) wasn't walking by my side
(wasn't walking by my side)


Run On

Well you may run on for a long time
Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time
Let me tell you God almighty gonna cut you down

Go tell that long tongued liar, oh well well
Go tell that midnight rider, oh well well
Tell the gambler, rambler, back-biter
Tell them God almighty gonna cut them down

Stop God almighty let me tell you the news
My head's been wet with the midnight dews
Coming down on my bended knees
Talking to the man from Galilee
My God spoke and he spoke so sweet
I thought I heard the shuffle of angel's feet
He put one hand upon my head
Great God almighty let me tell you what he said

Go tell that long tongued liar, oh well well
Go tell that midnight rider, oh well well
Tell the gambler, rambler, back-biter
Tell them God almighty gonna cut them down

Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Let me tell you God almighty gonna cut you down

You may throw your rock and hide your hand
Working in the dark against your fellow man
As sure as God made the day and the night
What you do in the dark will be brought to the light
You may run and hide, slip and slide
Trying to take the mote from your neighbour's eyes
As sure as God made the rich and poor
You gonna reap just what you sow

Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time
Let me tell you God almighty gonna cut you down
Go tell that long tongued liar, oh well well
Go tell that midnight rider, oh well well
Tell the gambler, rambler, back-biter
Tell them God almighty gonna cut them down

Some people go to church just to sit in the fire
Trying to make a date with the neighbour's wife
Brother let me tell you as sure as you're born
You better leave that woman alone
Because one of these days mark my word
You think that brother is going to work
And you'll sneak up and knock on that door
That's all brother you'll knock no more

Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time
Let me tell you God almighty gonna cut you down
Go tell that long tongued liar, oh well well
Go tell that midnight rider, oh well well
Tell the gambler, rambler, back-biter
Tell them God almighty gonna cut them down


Where No One Stands Alone

Once I stood in the night
With my head bowed low
In the darkness as black as could be
And my heart felt alone and I cried oh Lord
Don't hide your face from me

Like a king I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I don't know a thing
In this whole wide world
That's worse than being alone
Hold my hand all the way, every hour every day
Come here to the great unknown

Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone

Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone

 
Crying in the Chapel

You saw me crying in the chapel.
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
Now I am happy with the Lord

Just a plain and simple chapel
Where humble people go to pray
I pray the Lord that I'll grow stronger
As I live from day to day

I've searched and I've searched
But I couldn't find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Now I'm happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
We gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord

Ev'ry sinner looks for something
That will put his heart at ease
There is only one true answer
He must get down on his knees

Meet your neighbor in the chapel
Join with him in tears of joy
You'll know the meaning of contentment
Then you'll be happy with the Lord

You'll search and you'll search
But you'll never find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Your burdens will be lighter
And you'll surely find the way