This is Geron Davis' best known song, which he wrote when he was 19-years-old. He recalled the story of the tune to The St. Augustine Record: "My dad was pastor of a church in Savannah, Tennessee. As we were nearing the completion of the construction of a church auditorium, my dad asked, 'Son, would you write a song for us to sing during the first service in our new building?' I said, 'OK Dad.' Well, a couple of weeks went by and I had not written the song. My Dad asked, 'Son, how about it? Do you have a song for us?' I said, 'No Dad, but I'll write one.'"
"He kept bugging me. In my mind I was thinking, 'Dad, just chill out, I'll write a song.' Saturday night came, the night before the first service in the new church auditorium, and I still had not written a song. My dad and I were finishing some last minute chores at the church when he turned to me and asked, 'Do you have a song for us?' I quickly answered, 'No sir, but I'm fixin' to.'"
"I went into the sanctuary, dimmed the lights and sat down at the new grand piano. I asked myself, 'What do we want to say when we come into this building tomorrow to have a service for the first time?' I began to hum a bit and softly sing some lyrics that were entering my mind. I wrote the lyrics on paper and they kept coming, about as fast as I could write. Within 15 minutes I had finished the entire song. I then went home and to bed."
"Later, someone asked me, 'Did you realize you had written something powerful?' I answered, 'Are you kidding? I was 19 years old, it was midnight and I wanted to get to bed.'"
"I'm the oldest of four kids, so I awakened Jeff, age 17, and Alyson, 11, early the next morning. I taught them my new song, "Holy Ground." They learned to sing it by rote because I had no music written on paper. We sang it, as a trio, later that morning in the church service."
"My mom cried because she thought her kids never sounded better. My dad was just happy that I had written a song. The congregation responded unbelievably to 'Holy Ground.'"