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We all have sung songs over the years that have become tattooed on our memory from childhood. One such song is “How Great Thou Art.” If ever you have been down this has always been a song to sing. The story behind it is interesting.

Behind The Song: Holy, Holy, Holy

“How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859–1940) in Sweden in 1885. The inspiration for the poem came when Boberg was walking home from church near Kronobäck, Sweden, and listening to church bells. A sudden awe-inspiring storm gripped Boberg’s attention, and then just as suddenly as it had made its violent entrance.

Over the year’s the song has seen many different revisions to stanzas.The first major American recording of “How Great Thou Art” was by Bill Carle in a 1958 Sacred Records album of the same name (LP 9018). He reprised the song on his “Who Hath Measured the Waters In the Hollow of His Hand” album (Sacred Records LP 9041) later that year.

Among notable performers of “How Great Thou Art” are George Beverly Shea, Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Charlie Daniels the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Tennessee Ernie Ford (backed by The Jordanaires),[62] Roy Rogers, and Connie Smith, whose “inspiring four-minute rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” … originally appeared on the otherwise secular album Back in Baby’s Arms in 1969″. A rendition by The Statler Brothers, from their album Holy Bible New Testament, peaked at number 39 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1976.

There have been over seventeen hundred documented recordings of “How Great Thou Art”. It has been used on major television programs, in major motion pictures, and has been named as the favorite Gospel song of at least three United States’ presidents.

Behind The Song: His Eye Is On The Sparrow

This hymn was the title track of Elvis Presley’s second gospel LP “How Great Thou Art”(RCA LSP/LPM 3758), which was released in March 1967.The song won Presley a Grammy Award for “Best Sacred Performance” in 1967, and another Grammy in 1974 for “Best Inspirational Performance (Non-Classical)” for his live performance album “Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis” (RCA CPL 1 0606; Released: June 1974) recorded on 20 March 1974 at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.

On 4 April 2011, Carrie Underwood performed this song on ACM Presents: Girls Night Out show. Carrie sang together with Vince Gill and earned a standing oviation. It was televised on CBS on 22 April 2011, and shortly after the show had ended, Carrie’s version of How Great Thou Art single reached #1 spot in iTunes Top Gospel Song and Top 40 in iTunes All-Genre Songs. In Billboard Christian Digital songs chart, it debuted at #2 position and #35 in Country Digital Songs chart. As of June 2011, it sold 215,000 digital copies in the USA.

The song has become synonymous with trusting in the Divine Power of God.

Take a look at the lyrics:

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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