I've always thought "Amazing Grace" was a wonderful piece of music. It needed a chorus, though -- so I wrote one.
While I was at it, I made some changes in the lyrics, too, so that I could sing 'em with the conviction they deserve.
I like my arrangement a lot. The only really difficult part was deciding what instrumentation to use in the lead break. I tried a harmonica first and, while it was good, it just didn't feel finished to me. So I tried adding a fiddle counter-melody. That seemed distracting.
Eventually, I surrendered to the inevitable -- and then everything just fell into place.
I produced, arranged and engineered the song. I also sing lead and play acoustic guitar, DR-770 and Korg Triton.
(Copyright© 1779 by John Newton
arrangement and revised lyrics copyright© 2002
by Thom Stark - all rights reserved)
E A E Amazing grace, how sweet the sound B7 That saved a wretch like me. E A E I once was lost, but now I'm found. B7 E I was blind, but now I see. It was grace that filled my heart with fear, And grace those fears relieved. And grace, it touched my heart with joy B E E7 When grace I first received. A E Amazing grace, how sweet the sound A B That saved a wretch like me. E A E I once was lost, but now I'm found. B7 I was blind, but now I see. Through endless danger, traps and snares I have for so long roamed, And it's grace that's seen me through this far. And grace I know will see me home. Amazing grace..
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