Amazing Grace

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  • Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now can see.

    'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed

    Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.

    And when we've been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We'll have no less days to sing God's praise
    Than when we first begun.

    Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

Comments: 22

  • Frederic from VirginiaThe Library of Congress has a collection of 3000 versions of the song.
  • Mamie from Cleveland, OhI never heard the song until I heard her version of it. It was not sung in the Catholic church. At least not in mine. only recently have I heard it sung in the Catholic church. Her version and the ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS version are number one with me. On a side note, while the author of the lyrics is known, the composer of the tune is UNKNOWN. And if the tune is credited to him in a hymn book, it is wrong. found that out on GAITHER GOSPEL HOUR.
  • Richard from Courtenay, BcJohn Newton was not a slave but a slave trader. The video on this page tells us that. That makes it even more impressive that he repented.
  • Patrick from Bournemouth, United KingdomCan anyone tell me who recorded an instrumental version of Amazing Grace that possible started using a Hurdy Gurdy?
  • Paula from Houston, Tx@vickie: It's played at funerals because when we come to the end of our lives, we all come face to face with God. He will require us to answer for every wrong thing we' ve done, and every unkind word we've spoken. None of us are innocent, we've all done wrong in our lives. The wrongs we've done have seperated us eternally from God. But God, in his infinite grace, sent us his son, who was completely innocent. Jesus died for us, his blood paid the debt for our wrongdoing. When we put our faith in Jesus, God forgives us. Even though we don't deserve it, we are saved by God's amazing grace.


  • Glenn from Dyersburg, TnI played this at my dad's and sisters funeral. It's beautiful and haunting, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. It's good to let it out and this song will do it.
  • Heather from Los Angeles, CaWell it was especially poignant because the guy had been a slaver. Can't get much lower than that on the human scum scale. I think when he says "that saved a wretch like me" it's also about stopping what you're doing and starting over. "Go and sin no more". He had to work at it. He didn't stop slaving even after the song was written. Shows that redemption does not always come quickly.
  • Nikita from Drogheda, IrelandI got my Confirmation name off this song, because I thought it was so pretty
  • Jessie Steele from Bartlett, Tnthis is really pretty,.
    Its one of the most understandable Gospel songs ever.one of the most meaningful and true.
    Praise the Lord
  • Jeff from Long Island, NyWilliam, I believe you're confusing "Amazing Grace" with "Farewell to Tarwathie," which was on the same album (not so coincidentally called "Whales and Nightingales"). It's an old whaling song from the mid-1800s that Judy Collins arranged with the songs of the humpback whales in the background, and it is remarkable.
  • William from Jacksonville, FlI believe Judy Collins had another version of Amazing Grace in the 70's. It was just her singing with the songs of the humpback whales in the background. I use to have it on cassette but lost it and been looking for this version ever since. It was truly moving version.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdVickie (Sidney),
    Because it's about redemption, forgiveness, submission to the Lord (to quote kevin/Canada, 3 comments before (below) yours).
  • Eric from Milltown, Inbest when played with bagpipes
  • David from Saltburn, EnglandI found the Judy Collins version of this song truly uplifting back in the 70s and still do. What was even better, it could be found on Juke Boxes pubs. The version that made the biggest impact on me was Cliff Richards singing it live and unaccompanied at Spree 73. There are not many
    performances that still have an impact 34 years later!
  • Yangyingying from Shanghai, ChinaThis song was also played in a Jananese TV series called The Huge White Tower, which talks about how doctors should cheat their patients. How to face life's end... very affecting.
  • Devin from Pomona, NyThis isn't just a religious song. I saw some documentary about this song in my AMT class at Ramapo College. This song is just about good in just every situation.
  • Vickie from Sydney, AustraliaCan anyone tell me why this song is a popular choice to be played at funerals?
  • Donna from Midstate, NcAbove all the religious songs in the world this one has the most meaning to me. In Him we live and in Him we are saved. How great is that? :-0)
    - Peace of Mind, NC
  • Michele from Lewisburg, WvThis song was played in its entirety at the end of a General Hospital episode where Sonny Corinthos was horribly shot (it was planned). This song made the whole thing so spooky and has made it one of the best moments on GH.
  • Kevin from Canada, CanadaI perrform this song. Its very simple and tends to make people cry. Its a wonderful song. About redcemtion and forgiveness and submission to the Lord. I think its the greates Gospel song ever.
  • Destiny from Rahway, Njit was just so pure and sweet
  • Adam from Jupiter, FlMore information about the background of this song/songwriter can be found at: http://www.snopes.com/religion/amazing.htm
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