You'll Never Walk Alone

 

 

Commentaire de Ph.T

Quelques soient les années, et même durant la période hollywoodienne pour les besoins de B.O de films, Elvis a toujours chanté le Gospel. C' est dire si ce style est profondément ancré en lui.

Dans cet album on retrouve les 4 chants religieux enregistrés en janvier 1957 et réunis dans le "Elvis christmas album" . Il s'agit de "I believe" , "it is no secret" , "take my hand , precious Lord"  et "peace in the valley" . La foi du King transparait dans chacun d' eux. Ses musiciens ( Scotty , Bill , D.J Fontana , Gordon Stocker des Jordanaires ) le soutiennent délicatement, presque discrètement, mais efficacement. Les jordanaires sont en osmose avec Elvis.

"sing you children"  - du film "easy come , easy go" / 1966 -  est quelque peu atypique avec ces trompettes qui lui confèrent une sonorité assez mexicaine.

"let us pray"  - du film "change of habit" / 1969 -  nous démontre l' importance des choeurs dans l' élaboration d' un gospel. Sans eux peut-être serait-il  difficile, à la première écoute, de classer ce titre dans la catégorie "gospel" ... surtout si la compréhension de la langue de Shakespeare ne nous est pas familière et que le message de la chanson nous échappe !

Les 3 derniers titres proviennent de la fin des années ' 70. Le monde des  choristes et musiciens gravitant autour du King a connu beaucoup de transformations. Ils sont plus nombreux . Les instruments ont évolués. Tout cela donne naissance à des chants d' inspiration plus sophistiqués mais l' harmonie entre les protagonistes demeure. La voix du chanteur est toujours emplie de sincérité, d' humilité. Elle exprime la foi et l' espérance face à la solitude, au désespoir, que chaque être humain peut éprouver durant sa vie. ( Est-ce l' état d' âme d' Elvis en cette période qui permet de si magnifiques interprétations ? Particulièrement son "ras-le-bol" d' Hollywood et son profond désir de remonter sur scène ?) .

Toujours est-il que la sincérité du King est perçue par le public et ce 33 t , qui n' est pourtant qu' une compilation de gospel, sera certifié platine.

 

Album édité en Mars 1971 !


You'll Never Walk Alone
Who Am I?
Let Us Pray
(There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)
We Call on Him
I Believe
It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
Sing You Children
Take My Hand, Precious Lord

 


Les Paroles

You'll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone,
You'll never, ever walk alone.


Who Am I?

When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He'd go
For who am I?

When I'm reminded of His words
I'll leave Him never
If you'll be true I'll give to you life forever
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God's only Son
To fight my battles until they're won
For who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He'd go
For who am I?
But to an old rugged cross He'd go for, who am I?


Let Us Pray

Come praise the Lord for He is good
Mmm come join in love and brotherhood
We'll hear the word and bring our gifts of bread and wine
And we'll be blessed beneath the sign

So let us pray together, pray together
Pray with the one mighty voice (heavenly voice)
And let us sing together, sing together
Pray and we'll rejoice (we'll rejoice)

When strangers reach out for your hand (for your hand)
Respond to them and understand (heaven obeyed to understand)
We'll rise as one to calm the storm outside the gate (calm the storm)
With faith in Him we'll never leave (never leave)

So let us pray together, pray together
Pray with the one mighty voice (heavenly voice)
And let us sing together, sing together
Pray and we'll rejoice (we'll rejoice)

(We'll rejoice)
The love of God is on our side (love is, love is on our side)
We have the strength to move the tide (we'll move the tide)
The world will say so, there'll be peace and love for all (love for all)
And we must give our brothers love

So let us pray together, pray together
Pray with the one mighty voice (heavenly voice)
And let us sing together, sing together
Pray and we'll rejoice (we'll rejoice)

Love for all, love for all to the Lord
We'll rejoice love for all to the Lord
We'll rejoice love for all to the Lord
We'll rejoice for the Lord


(There Will Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)

Oh well, I知 tired and so weary
But I must go alone
Till the lord comes and calls, calls me away, oh yes
Well the morning's so bright
And the lamp is alight
And the night, night is as black as the sea, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

Well the bear will be gentle
And the wolves will be tame
And the lion shall lay down by the lamb, oh yes
And the beasts from the wild
Shall be lit by a child
And I'll be changed, changed from this creature that I am, oh yes

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day
There will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray
There'll be no sadness, no sorrow
No trouble, trouble I see
There will be peace in the valley for me, for me

 
We Call on Him

We call on Him
Whenever storm clouds gather
We call on Him to light our darkest day
Why must it be that only when we're lonely
And hopes are dim, we call on Him

Why don't we call on Him before we lose our way
To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

We call on Him when no-one else will answer
We ask of Him a reason to go on
When our cup of joy becomes a cup of sorrow
Filled to the brim, we call on Him

Why don't we call on Him before we lose our way
To count our blessings and thank Him while we may

 
I Believe

I believe for every drop of rain that falls
A flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come
To show the way
I believe, I believe

I believe above a storm the smallest prayer
Can still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe

Everytime I hear a new born baby cry,
Or touch a leaf or see the sky
Then I know why, I believe


It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)

The chimes of time ring out the news,
Another day is through.
Someone slipped and fell.
Was that someone you?

You may have longed for added strength,
Your courage to renew.
Do not be disheartened,
For I have news for you.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.

There is no night for in His light
You never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may go.

There is no power can conquer you
While God is on your side.
Take Him at His promise,
Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.


Sing You Children

Oh Jonah he was desperate in the belly of the whale
Well Jonah had a plan, he knew he couldn't fail

He raised his head on high
And looking for the sky
And he sang his song so pretty
The whale told him goodbye

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away

Well Moses said good Lord
Open up these waters for me
So I can get your chidren
Across the salty sea

Well the Lord parted the waters
And singing hand in hand
Moses and the children
Walked over to the promised land

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away

Oh Joshua had a plan
At the walls of Jericho
He'd march around those walls
And on his horn he'd blow

That horn would play a tune
And sing a happy song
When Joshua got through
Those walls came tumbling down

You got to sing you children sing
Sing you children sing
I only know one thing, hey! hey! hey!
Sing you children sing, everybody
Sing you children sing
Sing your troubles away
You got to sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away
Sing your troubles away

 
Take My Hand, Precious Lord

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I知 weak, I知 lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When my way grows drear precious Lord linger near
When my light is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

When the darkness appears and the night draws near
And the day is past and gone
At the river I stand
Guide my feet, hold my hand
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I知 weak, I知 lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home