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Take My Hand, Precious Lord

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Words & Music: Thomas A. Dorsey
Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m 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’m weak, I’m lone
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home
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Recorded: 1957/01/13, first released on EP

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 21, 2013report abuse
As has been hinted at with previous comments here, the voice was not completely at ease with gospel record performances at this stage of his career. Sung with sincerity yes but just lacking that 50's magic and despite being my second preference of the 4 gospel songs officially released at this time - only 3 stars.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 16, 2013report abuse
Can you imagine Elvis singing this at one off his last performances. That would have been chilling. As no organ player is listed on the sessions, I assume that pianoplayer Gordon Stokes played the organ on this one. Beautiful song.
blueminstrel (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2011report abuse
This song (along with In the Garden) was played during my dad's funeral service just this weekend. Elvis' gospel music was a great source of comfort for me this week. One can only imagine the countless, countless others that his personal testimony in such songs has comforted. That alone speaks volumes for the man and his music and his faith.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 6, 2010report abuse
Early in his career, Elvis had a tendency to try and sing the gospel songs with such reverance that he would lose a little bit of his uniqueness when doing so. This song falls into that category (along with "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Silent Night" and a few of the tracks on the "His Hand In Mine" LP). Don't get me wrong, this one is still a wonderful track; but Elvis does not project his voice well in a couple of places and his voice was not as strong as it would become later on in his career. The best thing about this track is the sincerity in his voice. 3 1/2 stars.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 5, 2010report abuse
Elvis in this form was great. Love Christmas, love the Christmas Album [57] and love this song. Roll on Christmas.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2008report abuse
great song. one of his best spirituals.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2008report abuse
Brilliant. A 50's Gospel that was sung with more passion than lots of Rock songs from the same period. It shows the true musical love of the Young King.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2008report abuse
One of my favorite gospels, without a doubt ! He should had re-recorded this one in the 70's...
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2008report abuse
You can see Elvis is in his element (Gospel) even at such a young age !...Nice version !
2kisses&3scarfs (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2008report abuse
This is one of my all time favorite spiritual songs by Elvis. So touching and beautiful.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on May 4, 2008report abuse
Although Elvis didn't have his later vocal power yet, it is a beautiful honest rendition.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2008report abuse
A great performance by Elvis from one of my favourite Presley albums
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