How Great Thou Art

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Words & Music: Stuart K. Hine
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
Recorded: 1966/05/25, first released on How Great Thou Art

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2013report abuse
I prefer the studio version, 'cause I don't care too much for the reprise on the live version I know. (Memphis). A solid song.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2013report abuse
This is such a beautiful and iconic song and it was Elvis' favorite gospel song. Elvis easily has the very best renditions of this gem too.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 11, 2013report abuse
I always thought the lyrics were.."them sings", Not "then sings". The Lyrics, posted here, seem to be missing some words. no? Song performed great by Elvis, especially in the live concert versions.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 11, 2013report abuse
The live versions are the best. I love the 1974 version and the one on "Elvis in Concert". 4 stars for the studio and 5 for most of his live versions.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 28, 2012report abuse
The studio version is to me very respectful and reverent while the live version is more of a religious spectacle. I slighly prefer the live version, especially Memphis '74, but any rendition of this well loved gospel song is always a joy to hear.
Charles (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2012report abuse
Love this song and Elvis does it beautifully
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2011report abuse
The "Live concert versions" (especially Memphis 1974) are his best versions of this song. The emotion and drama of the stage added to the beautiful lyrics of this song. Elvis pushed his voice to the "maxium Level" and it was always great !!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 6, 2011report abuse
The studio version is the best. The slower pace put a bit more feel into the lyrics and a more gospel feel into the song. Don't care for the faster paced live versions very much. Too bombastic for me as was a lot of the 70's for me.
Raleighroadace (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2010report abuse
Definately Memphis '74 is the best performance.Elvis was in the best vocal form of his life that night.He was unbelievable.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2010report abuse
I enjoy listening to this song as it developed for Elvis over the years. Lovely studio version and then the first live performances stayed fairly faithful to this arrangement. It then seemed to increase in bombast with each new year. In some cases (post 1975) Elvis seemed to put all the energy he should have used in his entire show into this one performance. Listening to the Grammy winning version from 974 I feel Elvis' voice is cracking up on the high notes a little but it's still a terrific rendition. However, my personal favourite is the December 13th interpretation, especially the reprise. His voice seemingly had no upper limit during that season. Absolutely spine tingling.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2010report abuse
Perfection! 5 stars beyond a doubt, enough said!
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2010report abuse
Elvis either ignored his past recordings or seemingly slotted them into almost every concert. This one belongs to the latter category. As much as I like How Great Thou Art the studio recording was never surpassed for me.
Sundial77 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2010report abuse
I never really liked the live versions of this song!
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2009report abuse
What a great performance! Studio or concert version the feeling was always there. My mom wasn't an elvis fan but this was her favorite...I miss you Ma.
Elvisonmymind (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2008report abuse
The version of 1974 (e.g. performed in Memphis) is definitely the best one, in my opinion. This version correctly won the Grammy Award. Just listen and you'll understand why.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
This is not from my favourite gospel session. Too gloomy for me in general. I like the up tempo stuff much better. Still I think it is a darn good rendition and the live version is - mostly - something special!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
The original 1966 album version is the one I like best, Elvis' voice was very much under control and the song was delivered with a much slower and relaxed manner than the concert versions. The concert versions of the song were sung at a much faster pace and the vocal at the climax of the song tended to be strained at times.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
I prefer the original studio version over the live version. It's my favorite Elvis gospel song.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
Booth Studio and live versions are great. But the live version from 1975/1977 is something very special. As I read it somewhere, if you ear the live version from 1975/1977 and you don't feel anything when Elvis hit the high note in the last verse, well… then you're legally dead!
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
This is my favorite gospel. I don't really like the studio version, but we have some great Live versions of this magnificant song, don't we ? I play it a lot in my car and sing (scream) the lyrics together with Elvis...lol...
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
I have nothing with gospels and never listen to them. However, Elvis sounds so powerful that this song always thrills me. Especially most of the live versions do so as his inspirational drive seems to 'flow' naturally. Definitely a must have for music lovers.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
I have nothing against the live versions but I prefer the studio one. Spiritual music at its best !
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on May 27, 2008report abuse
How can we not love this song When Elvis sing it it give me chill especially when he perform it live
Iheard many version of this song but no one compare to Elvis magnificent one.
ELV75 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2008report abuse
A too "white" sacred sounding song for my linking, prefer the more "black" sounding spiritual gospels which are far more uplifting. They can be enjoyed without regardles of their spiritual content.

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