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This worship song was first recorded by Delirious? as the last track on their 1994 album Cutting Edge 2. as a six-minute soft pop song featuring a choir. In 2001 it was re-recorded for the band's worship collection, Deeper, becoming a full-blown Rock ballad with Gospel influences. A radio edit of this version was released as a single, peaking at #40 on the UK singles chart.
Delirious? vocalist Martin Smith wrote the song when he was on holiday. He recalled to us
: "This must be back in 1994, '93 maybe even. Couple of decades ago. And just having the space to sit on the side of a hill. There was a river running down below, I remember. It was a very simple song. It came very quickly. One of the very few that did come quickly, unfortunately, and it wrote itself in a sense."
The song is now acknowledged as a worship classic and is Delirious?'s best known tune in America. Martin told us: "It was the song that opened the doors, in a sense, for us. It got picked up Stateside, and a lot of people began to enjoy that song. So that was a blessing."
Among the many artists to cover the song are Sonicflood, whose version is a duet with Lisa Kimmey from R&B outfit Out of Eden. It can be found on their eponymous debut album. Christian singer tobyMac and crossover rock band Switchfoot both regularly perform the song live.
Reverend Horton Heat
The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
Billy Gould of Faith No More
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