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Who Am I?

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Words & Music: Charles Rusty Goodman
When I think of how He came so far from glory
Came to dwell among the lowly such as I
To suffer shame and such disgrace
On Mount Calvary take my place
Then I ask myself this question
Who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He'd go
For who am I?

When I'm reminded of His words
I'll leave Him never
If you'll be true I'll give to you life forever
Oh I wonder what I could have done
To deserve God's only Son
To fight my battles until they're won
For who am I?

Who am I that The King would bleed and die for
Who am I that He would pray not my will, Thy Lord
The answer I may never know
Why He ever loved me so
But to that old rugged cross He'd go
For who am I?
But to an old rugged cross He'd go for, who am I?
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Recorded: 1969/02/22, first released on Elvis' Christmast album

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Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 19, 2013report abuse
Beautifully sung with intense emotion, soul and deep feeling. I always thought a spoken interlude would have fitted in nicely.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2013report abuse
Heartfelt, but a bit boring. The reason it's not on the Amazing Grace 2-CD, is because it was released on the From Nashville to Memphis Box Set.
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 22, 2012report abuse
Sung beautifully! It makes me want to cry. Christ gave his life for all of us and Elvis knew that as well.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2012report abuse
Heard this song when I was 12 years old before I could understand English, but I still remember how much I loved it from that first time I heard it. 4 stars.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2012report abuse
I must admit that I like this one very much! A great surprise when I first heard it on the Camden album back then.
Remember the great compilation, double CD, Amazing Grace? Well, I've always wondered how on earth they managed to omit this song on anotherwise great compilation. Now, they set the record straight later on with The Complete Gospel Masters set, but still!
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 21, 2012report abuse
This is such a sensational song and Elvis' rendition of it was spectacular. It's also one of my most favorite gospel songs.
SatninTCB5 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2011report abuse
A truly spiritual, haunting song...one of his very best gospel numbers. In fact the entire "He Touched Me" album is simply superb! Elvis at his most vulnerable, most passionate And most faithfully spiritual-while at the same time still retaining his rocker's soul in numbers such as"Seeing Is Believing" and "I John". Simply Extrodinary! TCB! E4ever
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2011report abuse
very very beautiful. one of my favourite spirituals!
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010report abuse
A great performance of a nice song. Pity it was hiden away until '71. Then released on a budget Lp. As there were so many great tracks recorded by Elvis in 1969 I guess some just had to be set aside. How we could do with a few of these now. I believe Elvis had 3 career topping times 56 / 57 ~ 60 / 62 ~ and 69 / 70. These years were great, the others were in the main good.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010
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Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010report abuse
A great performance of a beautiful sacred song from the Memphis Sessions of 1969. This gem was another one of the mis-handled tracks by RCA and Colonel Parker as they did not release it until 1971. When it was finally released, it was part of a budget LP "You'll Never Walk Alone". There was enough material left from that session to make up one very good album and a lot of quality material was released on budget LP's in 1970 and '71. "Rubberneckin'", "I'll Be There", "If I'm A Fool", "My Little Friend", "Mama Liked The Roses" and this song are some of the American Studio tracks that were disrespected. Add them to "Kentucky Rain", "Don't Cry Daddy" and the 45 version of "Suspicious Minds" (only available at the time on a pricy 4 record set) and you have a nice start to a LP. Rounded out with some quality songs such as "Let's Forget About The Stars" (cut from "Charro"), "Let's Be Friends" (cut from "Change Of Habit"), "Clean Up Your Own Backyard" (from the TTWG), and "Let Us Pray" (from COH) and you have a better album than "Back In Memphis", in my opinion.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010report abuse
A very good track which is overlooked too often. Definately in the premier league of Elvis' gospel output.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010report abuse
A really good song and performance from a memorable session.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2010report abuse
Together with "Somebody Bigger Than You And I" one of his best gospels.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 11, 2009report abuse
Great song, great performance and one of his best gospel songs ever.

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