Words & Music:
Once I stood in the night
With my head bowed low
In the darkness as black as could be
And my heart felt alone and I cried oh Lord
Don't hide your face from me
Like a king I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I don't know a thing
In this whole wide world
That's worse than being alone
Hold my hand all the way, every hour every day
Come here to the great unknown
Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone
Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone
Recordingdate: 1966/05/25, first released on: How Great Thou Art (album)
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Outstanding song & performance!
The studio performance is poor, in my opinion, with Elvis straining at the end. The sound quality is below standard, too, which may be part of the reason for this. However . . . the live version from Montgomery, Alabama on February 16, 1977 is spellbinding !
Great performance from an outstanding album. I like the 1977 live version as well, but it´s no way near the studio version
An outstanding track from a faultless album.Unforfunately I have never heard the live version
A song I played many times when I first bought the album in 1966, I put it on today and my views haven't changed an excellent track and album.
This one is so full of feeling, it's just terrific. The live version isn't as polished of course but it has a haunting quality to it that's missing from the studio version. Would loved to have heard this performed in the early seventies.
A 5 star song from a 5 star album. Outstanding!
The best version I ever heard is the only Live version in february 1977..It will be played on my funeral...It's magic !!!
A classic, sacred track from a monumental LP "How Great Thou Art" (1967). His live version from 1977 is outstanding as well although not as crisp as the original. I truly feel this LP awakened Elvis career more than anything else. He had not had a non-soundtrack recording session from Jan of 1964 until this one in May of 1966 and I think the session and the resulting success of the LP stirred Elvis into starting to make more relevant music again.
I like this song, but I don't play it a lot, because I think the sound quality is very poor... that makes a terrible experience to listen to such a beautiful song with all that muffled sound. All masters on this album sound muffled, but the alternate takes sound way much better. Maybe a new splice of the master u¡sing the master take of the session tape and the workpart would do the trick to improve the sound. And I always tought the entire album tape was slowed down (It shows specially on "Where Could I Go But To The Lord?")
Elvis, the King of rock / pop recorded three albums of sacred songs, each one a milestone. Can anyone name any other SUPER star to have even done one? By super star i mean the Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones etc. Only one i can think of is Cliff Richard!
That said, Where No One Stands Alone, was, as were all his other sacred song recordings, great. They really had 100% work put into them.
what a song, what a voice. Also live version is a stong and powerful version. elvis shows on both versions that he was the one and only. The best singer of all time
I lik this song and the album even more.4 stars for this song and 5 for the album. And bad sound?I've the original vinyl and the sound is very good,maybe some investments in audio would do good.
Elvis the King of rock? really? Presley the king of everything Country Rock Blues Gospel you name it.This gospel song is a masterpiece!
Does anybody else find it peculiar that Elvis staged an acclaimed "comeback" just a year after releasing a masterful, Grammy-winning gospel LP? Also, Steve: if the studio performance is poor, then every performance ever given is poor.
Does anybody else find it peculiar that Elvis staged an acclaimed "comeback" just a year after releasing a masterful, Grammy-winning gospel LP? The climax to this cut is among the most powerful and affecting in the entire Presley canon. The 1977 live performance is equally remarkable, especially when set in the context of his final tours. In the condition he was in, nobody had any right to expect him to give his all. But he does, and for the listener it is an immensely rewarding, hugely uplifting experience.
This is such a beautiful song and it's my favorite gospel song that Elvis ever recorded. Elvis easily has the very best renditions of this song.
Whether live or in the studio, Elvis seemed to raise his game when it came to religious recordings. This is another one that strikes the inner emotions , so full of soul and deep meaning. Sheer and utter musical perfection.
You can't help but be inspired and full of the Holy Ghost when you hear this beautiful gem. A true gospel classic!
As much as I enjoy listening to the February '77 live version it would've been much better if Elvis had rehearsed it with his stage group before the tour began.
It's a nice tune, but not my favorite from this album. Elvis is really struggling during the high notes. Still good though. The only live version is a complete desaster. 4 stars.