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Paul's , the chapel at Columbia University , chosen for the acoustics. She chose an a cappella arrangement that was close to Edwin Othello Excell's, accompanied by a chorus of amateur singers who were friends of hers. Collins connected it to the Vietnam War, to which she objected: "I didn't know what else to do about the war in Vietnam. I had marched, I had voted, I had gone to jail on political actions and worked for the candidates I believed in. The war was still raging.

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There was nothing left to do, I thought It rose to number 15 on the Billboard Hot , remaining on the charts for 15 weeks, [73] as if, she wrote, her fans had been "waiting to embrace it". Although Collins used it as a catharsis for her opposition to the Vietnam War, two years after her rendition, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards , senior Scottish regiment of the British Army , recorded an instrumental version featuring a bagpipe soloist accompanied by a pipe and drum band.

The tempo of their arrangement was slowed to allow for the bagpipes, but it was based on Collins': it began with a bagpipe solo introduction similar to her lone voice, then it was accompanied by the band of bagpipes and horns, whereas in her version she is backed up by a chorus. It topped the RPM national singles chart in Canada for three weeks, [78] and rose as high as number 11 in the US [79] [80] It is also a controversial instrumental, as it combined pipes with a military band. Aretha Franklin and Rod Stewart also recorded "Amazing Grace" around the same time, and both of their renditions were popular.

Cash and his family sang it to themselves while they worked in the cotton fields following Jack's death. Cash often included the song when he toured prisons, saying "For the three minutes that song is going on, everybody is free. It just frees the spirit and frees the person. The U. Library of Congress has a collection of 3, versions of and songs inspired by "Amazing Grace", some of which were first-time recordings by folklorists Alan and John Lomax , a father and son team who in travelled thousands of miles across the South to capture the different regional styles of the song.

Steve Turner, [83]. It has been mass-produced on souvenirs, lent its name to a Superman villain , appeared on The Simpsons to demonstrate the redemption of a murderous character named Sideshow Bob , incorporated into Hare Krishna chants and adapted for Wicca ceremonies.


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It is referenced in the film Amazing Grace , which highlights Newton's influence on the leading British abolitionist William Wilberforce , [86] and in the film biography of Newton, Newton's Grace. Spock following his death, [86] but more practically, because the song has become "instantly recognizable to many in the audience as music that sounds appropriate for a funeral" according to a Star Trek scholar.

In recent years, the words of the hymn have been changed in some religious publications to downplay a sense of imposed self-loathing by its singers. The second line, "That saved a wretch like me! Newton's Calvinistic view of redemption and divine grace formed his perspective that he considered himself a sinner so vile that he was unable to change his life or be redeemed without God's help.

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Yet his lyrical subtlety, in Steve Turner's opinion, leaves the hymn's meaning open to a variety of Christian and non-Christian interpretations. Due to its immense popularity and iconic nature, the meaning behind the words of "Amazing Grace" has become as individual as the singer or listener. The transformative power of the song was investigated by journalist Bill Moyers in a documentary released in Moyers was inspired to focus on the song's power after watching a performance at Lincoln Center , where the audience consisted of Christians and non-Christians, and he noticed that it had an equal impact on everybody in attendance, unifying them.

Collins, Cash, and Norman were unable to discern if the power of the song came from the music or the lyrics. Gospel singer Marion Williams summed up its effect: "That's a song that gets to everybody".

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The Dictionary of American Hymnology claims it is included in more than a thousand published hymnals, and recommends its use for "occasions of worship when we need to confess with joy that we are saved by God's grace alone; as a hymn of response to forgiveness of sin or as an assurance of pardon; as a confession of faith or after the sermon". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Amazing Grace disambiguation. Christian hymn. The bottom of page 53 of Olney Hymns shows the first stanza of the hymn beginning "Amazing Grace!

How industrious is Satan served. I was formerly one of his active undertemptors and had my influence been equal to my wishes I would have carried all the human race with me.

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A common drunkard or profligate is a petty sinner to what I was. Main article: Olney Hymns. And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O L ORD God. This version also includes Newton's sixth verse, which is uncommon in recordings.

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This recording was made for the American Folklife Center and is in the U. Library of Congress. Those songs come out of conviction and suffering. The worst voices can get through singing them 'cause they're telling their experiences. Sample of Judy Collins' version of "Amazing Grace". Collins transitions from her solo voice to the chorus backing her up. A lone bagpipe transitions to a chorus of pipes and drums, similar to Collins' version.

Somehow, "Amazing Grace" [embraced] core American values without ever sounding triumphant or jingoistic. It was a song that could be sung by young and old, Republican and Democrat, Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic, African American and Native American, high-ranking military officer and anticapitalist campaigner.

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Women, naked or nearly so, upon their arrival on ship were claimed by the sailors, and Newton alluded to sexual misbehavior in his writings that has since been interpreted by historians to mean that he, along with other sailors, took and presumably raped whomever he chose. Newton was supposed to go to Jamaica on Manesty's ship, but missed it while he was with the Catletts.

When Newton's father got his son's letter detailing his conditions in Sierra Leone, he asked Manesty to find Newton. Manesty sent the Greyhound , which travelled along the African coast trading at various stops. An associate of Newton lit a fire, signalling to ships he was interested in trading just 30 minutes before the Greyhound appeared. Aitken, pp. Aitken, p. Only Quakers , who were much in the minority and perceived as eccentric, had raised any protest about the practice.

Martin and Spurrell [], pp. His doctor advised him not to go to sea again, and Newton complied. Jonathan Aitken called it a stroke or seizure , but its cause is unknown. Grace unknown! Philip Doddridge , another well-known hymn writer, wrote another in titled "The Humiliation and Exaltation of God's Israel" that began "Amazing grace of God on high! Newton biographer Jonathan Aitken states that Watts had inspired most of Newton's compositions.

Turner, pp. Noll and Blumhofer, p. Her version lasts over ten minutes in comparison to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' that lasts under three minutes. Tallmadge Turner, pp. Retrieved 31 October University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Library website.

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Retrieved 31 December Retrieved 12 January Retrieved 1 November Dictionary of American Biography , Supplement 9: — Charles Scribner's Sons, Retrieved 4 November American Public Media. Archived from the original on 21 November Retrieved 2 October Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 28 June Lenten Music Arlington Catholic Herald. Retrieved 7 February Aitken, Jonathan And they'll say, you know, maybe I'm just not chosen.

In fact, there's a guy in the church here who probably said that to me 25 times over a period of years: I must not be chosen; I must not be chosen. And the truth of the matter was, you know, I would drive him back to Romans 7 and have him read what Paul said: The things I want to do I don't do; the things I don't want to do, I do. Oh, poor me, I'm not chosen. I mean it's only a question of degree. We're all in the same battle.

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I mean we could all come to the conclusion: I must not be chosen, I must not be chosen, I can't get over this proverbial hump here. When do I—when do I hit the slide?

You know, when do I stop climbing this thing and start sliding? Well, isn't going to happen. You don't want to second-guess your salvation, which manifests itself in a love for Christ and a longing to be what you can't be to some degree. You see, you need to see some fruit. But as I tell the kids at the college all the time, you know: People say to me, well, am I ever going to get over sin?

Am I ever going to — is there ever going to be a decreasing frequency of sin? And, of course, I say: Sure.