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Gospel Music Collection Compiled by Stan Paregien Sr stanparegien@gmail.com

The following pages contain some of my favorite gospel songs, complete with both the lyrics and with the guitar chords. These songs are presented here at no charge. We simple list them for your information and instruction. It is not our intention to violate anyone's legitimate copyright. If you have an objection to a song being listed here--and you are a person with legal standing in the matter, then we will be glad to resolve any issue you may have. To everyone else, here's hoping you enjoy playing these great old songs as much as I do. And please check back from time to time as we plan to add more songs to the collection. You may download this entire collection, free of charge, to your own computer and then print out the songs that you need.


Amazing Grace (in G) Lyrics by John Newton. John Newton spent several years as the captain of a ship. It was a slave ship that carried people from Africa to America. The were people who had been bought or in most cases kidnaped. Later, he became a Christian. He wrote this poem to express how thankful he was that God=s mercy had been extended to him, despite his deeds. At age 82 he said: “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things. I’m a great sinner and Christ is a great savior.” 3/4 Time MANDOLIN LEAD 1-E

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(1.) A- [G] mazing grace! How [C] sweet the [G] sound That saved a wretch like [D7] me. I [G] once was lost, but [C] now am [G] found. Was [Em] blind, but [D7] now I [G] see. (2) ‘Twas [G] grace that taught my [C] heart to [G] fear, And grace my fears re- [D7] lieved. How [G] precious did that [C] grace ap- [G] pear, The [Em] hour I [D7] first be-[G] lieved. MANDOLIN **** (3) Through [G] man-y dan-gers, [C] toils, and [G] snares, I have al-read-y [D7] come. ‘Tis [G] grace hath brought me [C] safe thus [G] far, and [Em] grace will [D7] lead me [G] home. (4) When [G] we’ve been there ten [C] thousand [G] years, Bright shining as the [D7] sun, We’ve [G] no less days to [C] sing God’s [G] praise than [Em] when we [D7] first be- [G] gun. NOTE: Close by repeating Verse 1, but chording slowly on the last line.


Old Time Religion CHORUS: Give me that [D] old time religion. Give me that [A] old time religion. Give me that [D] old time re - [G] ligion, It’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 1. It was good for our mothers. It was [A] good for our mothers. It was [D] good for our [G] mothers. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 2. It makes me love everybody. It makes me [A] love everybody. It makes me [D] love every- [G] body. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 3. It was good for the prophet Daniel. It was [A] good for the prophet Daniel. It was [D] good for the prophet [G] Daniel. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 4. It was good for the Hebrew children. It was [A] good for the Hebrew children. It was [D] good for the Hebrew [G] children. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 5. It was good for Paul and Silas. It was [A] good for Paul and Silas. It was [D] good for Paul and [G] Silas. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me. 6. It will take us all to heaven. It will [A] take us all to heaven. It will [D] take us all to [G] heaven. And it’s [D] good e- [A] nough for [D] me.


God Is So Good [D] God is so [E7] good. God is so [D] good. God is so [G] good. He's so [A] good to [D] me.

God loves me [E7] so. God loves me [D] so. God loves me [G] so. He's so [A] good to [D] me.

God answers [E7] prayer. God answers [D] prayer. God answers [G] prayer. He's so [A] good to [D] me.

*God loves you, [E7] too. God loves you, [D] too. God loves you, [G] too. He's so [A] good to [D] you.

*God wants our [E7] love. God wants our [D] love. God wants our [G] love. He's so [A] good to [D] us. *Verses written by Stan Paregien, Sr., on 10/15/2004.


Rejoice in the Lord “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Done as a “round”

Re- [D] joice in the Lord always And a-[A] gain I say re- [D] joice! (Clap. Clap.)

Rejoice in the Lord always And a-[A] gain I say re- [D] joice! (Clap. Clap.)

Rejoice, rejoice And a-[A] gain I say re- [D] joice! (Clap. Clap)

Rejoice, rejoice And a- [A] gain I say re- [D] joice! (Clap. Clap)


I Saw the Light Words & music by Hank Williams, Sr.

1. [ C ] I WANDERED SO AIMLESS, LIFE FILLED WITH SIN. [ F ] I WOULDN’T LET MY DEAR SAVIOR [ C ] IN. THEN JESUS CAME LIKE A STRANGER IN THE NIGHT. PRAISE THE LORD [ G ] I SAW THE [ C ] LIGHT. CHORUS: I SAW THE LIGHT, I SAW THE LIGHT. [ F ] NO MORE DARKNESS, NO MORE [ C ] NIGHT. NOW I’M SO HAPPY, NO SORROW IN SIGHT. PRAISE THE LORD [ G ] I SAW THE [ C ] LIGHT.

2. JUST LIKE A BLIND MAN I WANDERED ALONG [ F] WORRIES AND FEARS I CLAIMED FOR MY [ C ] OWN. THEN LIKE THE BLIND MAN THAT GOD GAVE BACK HIS SIGHT, PRAISE THE LORD [ G ] I SAW THE [ C ] LIGHT. 3. I WAS A FOOL TO WANDER AND STRAY [ F ] STRAIGHT IS THE GATE AND NARROW THE [ C ] WAY. NOW I HAVE TRADED THE WRONG FOR THE RIGHT. PRAISE THE LORD [ G ] I SAW THE [ C ] LIGHT.


Jesus Loves Me Written by William B. Bradbury. Someone once asked theologian Karl Barth what was the most important religious concept he every learned. He thought a moment and said it was a concept that his mother taught him: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” [C]

JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW,

[F] FOR THE BIBLE

[C] TELLS ME SO;

LITTLE ONES TO HIM BELONG, [F] THEY ARE

[C] WEAK, BUT

[G7] HE IS [C] STRONG.

CHORUS: YES, JESUS [F] LOVES ME. [C] YES, JESUS [G7] LOVES ME. [C] YES, JESUS [F] LOVES ME, THE [C] BIBLE

[G7] TELLS ME [C] SO.


I Love to Tell the Story Words by Katherine Hankey and music by William G. Fischer.

1. I [C] love to tell the story of [F] unseen things a- [C] bove. Of [G] Jesus and His [C] glory, Of Jesus and His [G] love. I love to tell the [C] story be- [Am] cause I know 'tis [E] true; It [F] satisfies my [C] longings as [G] nothing else can [C] do. CHORUS: I [G] love to tell the [C] story, 'Twill [F] be my theme in [C] glory. To tell the old, old [F] story Of [C] Jesus [G] and His [C] love. 2. I love to tell the story, more [F] wonderful it [C] seems Than [G] all the golden [C] fancies, of all our golden [G] dreams. I love to tell the [C] story, it [Am] did so much for [E] me; And [F] that is just the [C] reason I [G] tell it now to [C] thee. 3. I love to tell the story, for [F] those who know it [C] best Seem [G] hungering and [C] thirsting to hear it like the [G] rest. And when, in scenes of [C] glory, I [Am] sing the new, new [E] song, Twill [F] be the old, old [C] story that [G] I have loved so [C] long.


Just a Closer Walk With Thee Author unknown. This song became a country music hit when recorded by Red Foley (father-in-law of singer Pat Boone) in 1950.

1. [G] I am weak but Thou art [D] strong. Jesus keep me from all [G] wrong. I'll be satisfied as [C] long As I [G] walk, . . . let me [D] walk . . . Close to [G] Thee. CHORUS Just a closer walk with [D] Thee. Grant it, Jesus, is my [G] plea. Daily walking close to [C] Thee. Let it [G] be, . . dear [D] Lord, Let it [G] be. 2. Through this world of toils and [D] snares, If I falter, Lord, who [G] cares? Who with me my burden [C] shares? None but [G] Thee, dear [D] Lord, None but [G] Thee. REPEAT CHORUS 3. When my feeble life is [D] o'er, Time for me shall be no [G] more. Guide me gently, safely [C] o'er To thy [G] kindom's [D] shore, To thy [G] shore.


Leaning on the Everlasting Arms 1. [G] [G] [G]

[G] What a fellowship, [C] what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting [D] arms. What a blessedness, [C] what a peace is mine, Leaning on the ever- [D] lasting [G] arms.

CHORUS: Leaning, [C] leaning . . . [G] Safe and secure from all a- [D] larms. [G] Leaning, [C] leaning, [G] Leaning on the ever- [D] lasting [G] arms. 2. [G] [G] [G]

Oh how sweet to walk [C] in the pilgrim way. Oh how bright the path [C] grows from day today. What have I to dread, [C] what have I to fear? I have blessed peace [D] with my Lord so [G] near.


Rusty Old Halo Written by Bob Miller and recorded by Oklahoma-born Hoyt Axton (Axton's mother, Mae Axton, wrote "Heartbreak Hotel" which became a smash hit for Elvis.

1. [G] I know a man, [C] rich as a king, [D7] still he just won't give his [G] neighbors a thing. He'll get up to heaven, [C] someday I bet. [D7] He'll get up to heaven and [G] here's what he'll get …… CHORUS: A rusty old halo, [C] skinny white cloud, [D7] second-hand wings full of [G] patches. [G] A rusty old halo, [C] skinny white cloud, A [D7] robe that's so wooley that it [G] scratches. 2. Some people have them [C] big fancy cars, [D7] swimming pools, fur coats, and [G] diamonds in jars, Real silver gates, [C] real golden doors. [D7] They'll get up to heaven and [G] trade them all for ….. 3. While you're on earth you should [C] shine like a star. [D7] Brighten up the corner where- [G] ever you are, Doing each day the [C] best you can do. [D7] That way you'll be sure they'll [G] never hand you . . .


Swing Low, Sweet Chariot This mournful hymn was written in Oklahoma in 1840 by Wallace Willis. He had been working hard in a cotton field all day, and that evening he wrote this song. Oh, did I mention that Wallace Willis was a black man? Or that he was a slave . . . to a Choctaw Indian? Big hit for lots of people, including Elvis Presley.

I [G] looked over Jordan and [C] what did I [G] see, Coming for to carry me [D] home– A [G] band of angels [C] coming after [G] me, Coming for to [D] carry me [G] home. CHORUS: Swing low (swing low) sweet [C] chari- [G] ot, Coming for to carry me [D] home. Swing [G] low (swing low) sweet [C] chari- [G] ot, Coming for to [D] carry me [G] home. If you get there [C] before I [G] do, Coming for to carry me [D] home, Tell [G] all my friends [C] I’m a-coming, [G] too. Coming for to [D] carry me [G] home. I’m sometimes up and I’m [C] sometimes [G] down, Coming for to carry me [D] home. But [G] still my soul feels [C] heavenward [G] bound. Coming for to [D] carry me [G] home.


When the Saints Come Marching In Words & music by Edward C. Redding 1. I am [D] just a weary [G] pilgrim Plodding [D] thru this land of [A7] sin; Getting [D] ready for that [G] city, When the [D] saints come [A7] marching [D] in. CHORUS: Oh, when the saints come marching in, When the saints come marching [A7] in, Oh, I [D] want to be in that [G] number, When the [D] saints come [A7] marching [D] in. 2. So I pray each day to [G] For the [D] strength to help me Want to [D] be in that pro- [G] When the [D] saints come [A7]

heaven, [A7] win; cession, marching [D] in.

3. I want to join the heavenly [G] band, Want to join the heavenly [A7] band, Want to [D] hear the trumpets a- [G] blowing, When the [D] saints come [A7] marching [D] in. 4. I want to wear a happy [G] smile, Want to wear a happy [A7] smile. Want to [D] sing and shout “Halle - [G] lujah!� When the [D] saints come [A7] marching [D] in. 5. I want to see those pearly [G] gates, Want to see those pearly [A7] gates. Want to [D] see those gates standing [G] open, When the [D] saints come [A7] marching [D] in.


It Is No Secret Written by Stuart Hamblen. Copyright MCML by Duchess Music Corp. Hits for Red Foley, Ernie Ford, Elvis Presley. Hamlen got the idea for this song in a conversation with a movie star friend of his. They were talking about the big problems in the world at that time and what, if anything, could be done about them. The movie star said, "Well, it is no secret what God can do." And as he spoke those words a clock in the house chimed. Together, the words and the chime stuck in Hamlen's mind. This song, "It Is No Secret," was the result. The movie star's name? Marion Morrison. That was his real name. His stage name was John Wayne. The [C] chimes of time ring [F] out the news, An- [C] other day is through. [G] Somone slipped and fell, [C] was that someone you? You [F] may have longed for added strength, Your [C] courage to renew. [G] Do not be disheartened, for [D7] I bring hope to [G7] you. CHORUS It is no [F] secret what God can [C] do. What He's done for [G] others, He'll do for [C] you. [C7] With arms wide [F] open, he'll pardon [C] you. It is no [G] secret what God can [C] do. There is no night, for [F] in His light You'll [C] never walk alone. [G7] Always feel at home

wher- [C] ever you may roam.

There [F] is no power can conquer you, While [C] God is on your side. [G] Just take Him at His promise. Don't [D7] run away and [G7] hide . . . [Chorus]


Peace in the Valley Big hit for Red Foley, Elvis Presley, etc. [G] Well I'm so tired and so weary But I [C] must go a- [G] long Till the Lord comes and calls me a-[D]way, Oh yeah. Well the [G] mornings so bright And the [C] Lamb is the [G] light And the night, night is as [D] black as the [G] sea. CHORUS: Oh, there will be [C] peace in the valley For [G] me, someday. There will be peace in the valley For [D] me, Oh lord I pray. There"ll be no [G] sadness, no sorrow, No [C] trouble I see. There will be [G] peace in the [D] valley for [G] me. Well the bear will be gentle, And the [C] wolves will be [G] tame. And the lion shall lay down With the lamb, Oh yeah. And the [G] beast from the wild Will be [C] led by a [G] child. And I'll be saved, saved from this [D] Creature, Lord, that I [G] am. REPEAT CHORUS


He's Got the Whole World (In His Hands)

He's got the He's got the He's got the He's got the

[C] whole world in His hands, [G7] whole world in His hands. [C] whole world in His hands, [G7] whole world in His [C]hands.

2. He's got the little, bitty baby . . . 3. He's got you and me brother . . . 4. He's got you and me sister . . . 5. He's got everybody here . . . 6. He's got the wind and the rain . . . 7. He's got the sun and the moon . . . 8. He's got cowboys and cowgirls . . . 9. He's got Republicans and Democrats . . . 10. He's got the Baptists and the Catholics . . . 11. He's got the rich and the poor . . . 12. He's got the young and the old . . .


Church in the Wildwood 4/4 Time There's a [G] church in the valley by the [D] wildwood, No lovelier place in the [G] dale. No [C] spot is so dear to my [G] childhood As the [D] little brown church in the [G] dale. CHORUS: Oh, come, come, come, come, Come to the church in the [D] wildwood. Oh, come to the church in the [G] dale. No [C] spot is so dear to my [G] childhood As the [D] little brown church in the [G] dale. 2. How sweet on a clear Sabbath [D] morning To listen to the clear ringing [G] bell. Its [C] tones so sweetly are [G] calling Oh, [D] come to the church in the [G] dale. REPEAT CHORUS


Blessed Assurance Lyrics by Fanny Crosby (blind songwriter) 1. Blessed as- [D] surance, [G] Jesus is [D] mine! O what a [G] fore- [A] taste of glory di- [D] vine! Heir of salvation, [G] purchase of [D] God, Born of his [G] Spir- [A] it, washed in his [D] blood. CHORUS This is my story, [G] this is my [D] song, Praising my [G] Sav- [A] ior all the day [D] long. This is my story, [G] this is my [D] song – Praising my [G] Sav- [A] ior all the day [D] long. 2. Perfect submission, [G] perfect de- [D] light. Visions of [G] rap- [A] ture now burst on my [D] sight. Angels descending [G] bring from a- [D] bove Echoes of [G] mer- [A] cy, whispers of [D] love. 3. Perfect submission, [G] all is at [D] rest. I in my [G] Sav- [A] ior am happy and [D] blest. Watching and [G] waiting, looking a- [D] bove. Filled with his [G] good- [A] ness, lost in his [D] love.


Christ Is My Sunshine Jimmie Davis wrote his country hit, “You Are My Sunshine,” before he became Governor of the state of Louisiana. It helped him get elected. It became one of the most recorded songs of all time. In 2003, CMT’s survey of the “Top 100 Country Songs” listed it as #73. Jimmie Davis, after his term as governor, kept the tune but changed the words to create a gospel song, “Christ Is My Sunshine”. CHORUS: Christ is my [D] sunshine, my only sunshine. He makes me [G] happy when skies are [D] gray. He changed my [G] life and my ways com- [D] pletely. So please don’t take my [A] sunshine a- [D] way. 1. When I was down and needed someone, Someone to [G] keep me every [D] day. T’was then and [G] there I found my [D] Jesus. I’m so [A] glad that he came my [D] way. 2. I’m happy now with Jesus near me, A friend is [G] He, a friend in- [D] deed. Though worldly [G] friends may all for- [D] sake me, Jesus will be [A] all I [D] need. 3. I’ll always love him and sing his praises. He will be [G] with me through the [D] day. At night He’ll [G] guide me; I won’t be [D] lonely. Please don’t take my [A] sunshine a- [D] way.


The Old Country Church Words and music by J. D. Sumner of the Stamps Quartet. Sang backup for Elvis. 1. Oh I'd [G] like to go back to that old country church And to [C] hear the songs of [G] praise. How the people would sing, it would make the heavens ring At that [D] old country [G] church Shall we gather at the river,the [D] beautiful, Beautiful [G] river Gather with the saints at the river That [D] flows by the throne of [G] God 2. Oh I'll [G] never forget at that old country church How the [C] glory of the Lord came [G] down. And the children would smile as they shouted down the aisle Of that [D] old country [G] church In the sweet bye and [D[ bye We shall meet on that beautiful [G] shore. In the sweet by and [C] bye, We shall [G] meet on that [D] beautiful [G] shore. 3. Then on Sunday to see all my friends so dear to me At that [C] old country [G] church. When it came time for pray'r, ev'ry-body would be there At that [D] old country [G] church. Leaning, [C] leaning, [G] safe and secure From all a- [D] larms [G] Leaning, [C] leaning, [G] leaning on The ever- [D] lasting [G] arms 4. Now the years have gone by and so many have died At that [C] old country [G] church. But they're on the other shore, and they'll sing for ever more As they did at that [D] old country [G] church. I'm redeemed by love divine, Glory [D] glory Christ is [G] mine All to Him I now re [C] sign, I have [G] been [D] re- [G] deemed


Jesus Hold My Hand Words & Music by an Oklahoman named Albert E. Brumley (also wrote, "I'll Fly Away" and hundreds of other gospel songs. Recorded by: The Blackwood Brothers; The Stamps Quartet and others. The chorus is in two parts, which should be sung by two people together - lots of fun to do. This is a hand-clapper. Do it at about 240 beats per minute. 1. [D] AS I TRAVEL THRU THIS PILGRIM LAND, THERE IS A [G] FRIEND WHO WALKS WITH [D] ME. LEADS ME SAFELY THRU THE SINKING SAND, IT IS THE [A] CHRIST OF [E] CAL- VA – [A] RY. [D] THIS WOULD BE MY PRAYER, DEAR LORD, EACH DAY TO HELP ME [G] DO THE BEST I [D] CAN. FOR I [G] NEED THY LIGHT TO [D] GUIDE ME DAY AND NIGHT. BLESSED JESUS, [A] HOLD MY [D] HAND. (Chorus --- *1st person holds word; **2nd person sings simultaneously) *JESUS, [**Blessed Jesus] HOLD MY HAND. *I [**Yes, I ] [G] NEED THEE EVERY [D] HOUR. *THRU [**Thru this land] THIS PILGRIM LAND PRO- [A] TECT ME [E] BY THY [A] POWER. [D] HEAR [**Hear my plea ] MY FEEBLE PLEA, O [G] *LORD, [**Lord, dear Lord ] LOOK DOWN ON [D] ME. WHEN I [G] KNEEL IN PRAYER, I [D] HOPE TO MEET YOU THERE. BLESSED JESUS, [A] HOLD MY [D] HAND. 2. LET ME TRAVEL IN THE LIGHT DIVINE THAT I MAY [G] SEE THE BLESSED [D] WAY. KEEP ME THAT I MAY BE WHOLLY THINE AND SING [A] REDEMPTION’S [E] SONG SOME [A] DAY. [D] I WILL BE A SOLDIER BRAVE AND TRUE AND EVER [G] FIRMLY TAKE A [D] STAND. AS I [G] ONWARD GO AND [D] DAILY MEET THE FOE, BLESSED JESUS, [A] HOLD MY [D] HAND. 3. WHEN I WANDER THRU THE VALLEY DIM TOWARD THE [G] SETTING OF THE [D] SUN, LEAD ME SAFELY TO A LAND OF REST IF I A [A] CROWN OF [E] LIFE HAVE [A] WON. [D] I HAVE PUT MY FAITH IN THEE, DEAR LORD THAT I MAY [G] REACH THE GOLDEN [D] STRAND. THERE’S NO [G] OTHER FRIEND ON [D] WHOM I CAN DEPEND, BLESSED JESUS, [A] HOLD MY [D] HAND.


Daddy Sang Base Lyrics & music by Carl Perkins (rockabilly star who wrote and sang “Blue Suede Shoes”)

1. I re- [D] member when I was a [D7] lad, Times were [G] hard and things were [D] bad. But there’s a silver lining behind every [A7] cloud. Just poor [D] people, that’s all we [D7] were. Try’n’ to make a [G] livin’ out of black land [D] dirt. We’d get together in a family [A7] circle singin’ [D] loud. CHORUS: [NO MUSIC] Daddy sang bass, Mama sang tenor. Me and little [G] brother would join right [D] in there. Singin’ seems to help a troubled [A7] soul. One of these [D] days and it won’t be [D7] long, I’ll re- [G] join them in a [D] song. I’m gonna join the family [A7] circle at the [D] throne. [NO MUSIC] No, the circle [D7] won’t be broken Bye and [G] bye, Lord, by and [D] bye. [NO MUSIC] Daddy sang bass, Mama sang tenor. Me and [G] little brother would join right [D] in there, In the sky, Lord, [A7] in the [D] sky. 2.

I remember after [D7] work, Mama would [G] call in all of [D] us. You could hear us singin’ for a country [A7] mile. Now, little [D] brother has done gone [D7] on, But I’ll re- [G] join him in a [D] song. We’ll be together again up [A7] yonder in a little [D] while.


He Keeps Me Singing Words and music by Luther B. Bridges. No bass.

1. [G] There’s within my heart a [A7] melody Jesus whispers [D7] sweet and [G] low: [D7] [G] "Fear not I am with thee. [A7] Peace be still." In all of life’s [D7] ebb and [G] flow. Chorus: Jesus, Jesus, [D7] Jesus; Sweetest name I [G] know. Fills my every [C] longing; [D7] Keeps me singing as I [G] go. 2. All my life was wrecked by sin and [A7] strife; Discord filled my [D7] heart with [G] pain. [D7] [G] Jesus swept across the [A7] broken strings; Stirred the slumb’ring [D7] chords a- [G] gain. 3. Feasting in the riches of His [A7] grace; Resting neath His [D7] shelt’ring [G] wing. [D7] [G] Always looking on His [A7] smiling face: That is why I [D7] shout and [G] sing. 4. Soon He’s coming back to welcome [A7] me Far beyond the [D7] starry [G] sky. [D7] [G] I shall wing my flight to [A7] worlds unknown; I shall reign with [D7] Him on [G] high.


Sweet By and By The apostle John gave us this preview of heaven in Revelation 22:1-3: “And he [an angel] showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” 1. There’s a [D] land that is [G] fairer than [D] day. And by faith we can see it a- [A] far; For the [D] Father waits [G] over the [D] way To prepare us a [A] dwelling place [D] there. CHORUS: In the sweet by and [A] by We shall meet on that beautiful [D] shore. In the sweet by and [G] by We shall [D] meet on that [A] beautiful [D] shore. 2. We shall sing on that [G] beautiful [D] shore The melodious songs of the [A] blest. And our [D] spirits shall [G] sorrow no [D] more. Not a sigh for the [A] blessing of [D] rest. 3. To our bountiful [G] Father a- [D] bove We will offer our tribute of [A] praise, For the [D] glorious [G] gift of his [D] love And the blessings that [A] hallow our [D] days.


You Can't Be A Beacon (If Your Light Don't Shine) Performed by Donna Fargo. CHORUS: (D) YOU CAN'T BE A BEACON IF YOUR LIGHT DON'T SHINE. YOU CAN'T BE A BEACON IF YOUR LIGHT DON'T (A7) SHINE. (D) THERE'S A LITTLE LIGHT IN ALL OF US BY (G) GOD'S DE- (D) SIGN BUT YOU CAN'T BE A BEACON IF YOUR (A7) LIGHT DON'T (D) SHINE. 1. (D) HOW CAN YOU ASK FOR THE TRUTH WHEN YOU DO (G) NOT TRUTHFUL (D) LIVE? HOW CAN YOU ASK FORGIVENESS WHEN (A7) YOU DON'T FORGIVE? (D) I DON'T MEAN TO BRING YOU DOWN OR (G) SPEAK TO YOU UN- (D) KIND, BUT YOU CAN'T BE A BEACON IF YOUR (A7) LIGHT DON'T (D) SHINE. 2. (D) HOW CAN YOU ASK A CHILD TO BE (G) HONEST AND (D) TRUE WHEN HE CAN ONLY JUDGE WHAT'S RIGHT BY (A7) WHAT HE SEES IN YOU? (D) HOW CAN YOU OFFER VISION (G) YET WALK AROUND (D) BLIND? NO YOU CAN'T BE A BEACON IF YOUR (A7) LIGHT DON'T (D) SHINE. 3. (D) MAY GOD’S LOVE SURROUND YOU, MAY YOU (G) FIND A BRIGHTER (D) DAY. MAY HE GRANT YOU THE PEACE YOU SEEK IN (A7) EVERY WAY. (D) GOD’S LIGHT BURNS IN EACH LIFE, (G) YOURS AND IN (D) MINE. YES, YOU CAN BE A BEACON IF YOU'LL (A7) LET IT (D) SHINE.


I Ain't In a Management Position Recorded by Jake Hess [C] In the good Lord's corporation the benefits are [F] great, When I remember who the [C] boss is -And I [D] know my proper [G] place. All I [C] have to do is what I'm asked to do and nothin' [F] more. You see, I ain't in a management po- [C] si- [A] tion In the [D] work [G] of the [C] Lord. I've simply got no business trying to run God's [C] company It's a [D] father-and-son operation and they've been [G] mighty good to me. [C] I strictly am blue collar, ain't no chairman of the [F] board. You see, I ain't in a management [C] posi- [A] tion In the [D] work [G] of the [C] Lord. Life for me is simple, just to treat my neighbor [F] kind. If he needs me to, I'll put in a little extra [C] overtime. And re- [C] member it's my maker that I'm workin' [F] for. You see, I ain't in a management [C] posi- [A] tion In the [D] work [G] of the [C] Lord. I've simply got no business trying to run God's [C] company It's a [D] father-and-son operation and they've been [G] mighty good to me. [C] I strictly am blue collar, ain't no chairman of the [F] board. You see, I ain't in a management [C] posi- [A] tion In the [D] work [G] of the [C] Lord. I've simply got no business trying to run God's [C] company It's a [D] father-and-son operation and they've been [G] mighty good to me. [C] I strictly am blue collar, ain't no chairman of the [F] board. You see, I ain't in a management [C] posi- [A] tion In the [D] work [G] of the [C] Lord. [Repeat last line.]


Death Ain't No Big Deal Recorded by Jake Hess (Play slowly) VERSE 1 [G] Some day when I [C] breath my final [G] breath, And the doctor takes one look and says “You're [G7] dead� The [C] truth is gonna finally be re- [G] vealed [E]. Oh, I'm gonna [A] find that [D] death ain't no big [G] deal. He'll reach down and [C] gently close my [G] eyes. I'll be watching from the other [G7] side. I'll be [C] laughing 'bout how scared . . I thought I'd [G] feel. [E] Oh, I'm gonna [A] find that . . [D] death ain't no big [G] deal. My [C] soul is gonna be just like a bird set [G] free. I'll sail right past the moon up to the [G7] stars. And I [C] know I'll be amazed . . when I get to heaven's gate 'Cause I [E] knew my way home . . by [D] heart. [D7] VERSE 2 The [G] light will shine much [C] brighter than the [G] sun. And I'll be right back where I started [G7] from. Ain't no [C] way to say how good I'll [G] feel, [E] Oh, I tell you [A] children, . . [D] death ain't no big [G] deal. My [C] soul is gonna be just like a bird set [G] free I'll sail right past the moon up to the [G7] stars. And I [C] know I'll be amazed when I get to heaven's gate 'Cause I [E] knew my way home by [D] heart. [D7] The [G] light will shine much [C] brighter than the [G] sun. And I'll be right back where I started [G7] from. Ain't no [C] way to say how good I'll [G] feel, [E] Oh, I tell you [A] children, . . [D] death ain't no big [G] deal. Oh, I thank you Lord . . . [D] death ain't no big [G] deal.


Wore Out Sung by Jake Hess. 2/3 time 1. [C] You come home at night, sit down for a bite And you’re [G7] wore out. [Wore out.] You’re hardly able to get up from the table ‘Cause you’re [C] wore out. [Wore out.] You crawl into bed, [C7] sleep like you’re dead. ‘Cause you’re [F7] wore out. [Wore out.] In the [G7] morning you wake up, can’t seem to get up. Cause [C] you’re wore out. (Wore out) [C7] CHORUS: When [F] we get to heaven with Jesus our King We [C] won’t have to worry about any thing. We’ll be [G7] happy and free And our bodies won’t be . . . [C] wore out.

2. [C] You get up on Sunday, dread to see Monday Cause you’re [G7] wore out. [Wore out] You go sit in church, your back starts to hurt. ‘Cause you’re [C] wore out. [Wore out] The choir starts to sing, [C7] and you can’t feel a thing. ‘Cause you’re [F] wore out. [Wore out.] You [G7] pray the sermon and song won’t last too long, ‘Cause you’re [C] wore out. [C7] 3. [C] You go for a drive in the car with your wife, And it’s [G7] wore out . . . the car, that is. She starts to worry, tells you not to hurry. ‘Cause it’s [C] wore out. [Oooh - oh - oh] You don’t know where you’re at. [C7] One of the tires has gone flat, ‘Cause it’s [F7] wore out. [Oooh - oh - oh] From the [G7] sound of the motor, we’ll soon have to tow her. Cause she’s [C] wore out. [Oooh - oh -oh] [C7]


When I Get Where I’m Going Hit for Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton in 2005-06. From his album, “Time Well Wasted”. It won for “Musical Event of the Year” at the CMA Awards in Nov., 2006. 1. [D] When I get where I'm going on the [G] far side of the [D] sky. The [G] first thing that I'm gonna do Is [A] spread my wings and [D] fly. I'm gonna land beside a lion, and run my [G] fingers through his [D] mane. Or I [G] might find out what it's like To [A] ride a drop of [D] rain. (Chorus:) Yeah when I get where I'm going, there'll be [G] only happy [D] tears. I will [G] shed the sins and [D] struggles, I have [A] carried all these [D] years. And I'll leave my heart wide open, I will [G] love and have no [D] fear. Yeah when [G] I get where I'm going, Don't [A] cry for me down [D] here. 2. I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy, and he'll [G] match me step for [D] step, and I'll [G] tell him how I've missed [D] him, every [A] minute since he [D] left. So much pain and so much darkness, in this [G] world we stumble [D] through. All these [G] questions, I can't [D] answer, so much [A] work for us to [D] do. But when I get where I'm going, and I [G] see my Maker's [D] face. I'll stand for- [G] ever in the [D] light, of [A] His amazing [D] grace.


God Must Be a Cowboy Recorded by Dan Seals. Arrangement by Stan Paregien, Sr. A [G] campfire, some [C] coffee From a [G] tin cup in my hand. [C] Sure warms the fingers when they're [G] cold . A-playin' an [C] old guitar, A [G] friend I understand -[A7] Sure smoothes the wrinkles in my [D] soul. CHORUS And I think [G] God must be a cowboy at [C] heart. He made [D] wide open spaces from the [G] start . He made grass and trees and mountains And a [C] horse to be a friend, And [D] trails to lead old cowboys home a-[G] gain . 2. A-[G] sleepin' in the [C] moonlight, A [G] blanket for my bed. [C] Leaves a peaceful feelin' in my [G] mind . Wakin' up in the [C] mornin' With an [G] eagle overhead. [A7] Makes me want to fly away before my [D] time. 3. Night life and big [C] cities Are al- [G] right for awhile. [C] Sure makes you feel good when you're [G] there. But the [C] country's so pretty -It goes [G] on and on for miles. It [A7] takes away my troubles and my [D] cares .


Ghost Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend Written by Stan Jones on June 5, 1948 and based on the Civil War melody of "When Johnnie Comes Marching Home, Again". Hit records were done by Vaughn Monroe (hit #1 in 1949), Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Lawrence Welk, Dean Martin, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Riders in the Sky and The Dixie Chicks. Strum with a rhythm that sounds like a galloping horse-- i.e., like the first few opening bars to the theme from "Bonaza" (tum tada dum tada dum tada dum). REFRAIN: Yippe- ai- [G] ay. Yippee - ai- [Em] oh. [C] Ghost riders in the [Em] sky. An old cowpoke went riding out One [G] dark and windy day. [Em] Upon a ridge he rested As he went upon his way. When all at once a might herd Of red-eyed cows he saw, [C] Coming through the ragged sky, And [Em] up a cloudy draw.

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Their brands were still on fire And their [G] hooves were made of steel. Their [Em] horns were black and shiny And their hot breath he could feel. A bolt of ear went through him As they rumbled through the sky. Then he [C] saw the riders coming hard, And he [Em] heard their mournful cry.

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As the [Em] riders loped on by him, He [G] heard one call his name. "______, if you want to save your soul from hell, A ridin' on this range, Then cowboy change your ways today Or with us you will ride -[C] Trying to catch the devil's herd, A- [Em] cross these endless skies. REFRAIN


The Master’s Call Written by Marty Robbins of “El Paso” fame (he also wrote that one), as performed by him on his “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs” album.

1. When [G] I was but a young man, I was [Em] wild and full of fire. A [G] youth just in my teens, but full of [Em] challenge and desire. I [G] ran away from home and left my [Em] mother and my dad. I [C] know it grieved them [D] so to think their [Em] only boy went bad. 2. I [G] fell in with an outlaw band, their names were [Em] known quite well. How [G] many times we robbed and plundered, [Em] I could never tell. This [G] kind of sinful living, leads [Em] only to a fall. I [C] learned that much and [D] more the night I [Em] heard my Master’s Call. 3. One [G] night we rustled cattle, a [Em] thousand head or so. And [G] started them out on the trail that [Em] leads to Mexico. When a [G] norther started blowing and lightning [Em] flashed about, I [C] thought someone was [D] calling me; I [Em] thought I heard a shout. 4. Then [G] at that moment lightning struck not [Em] twenty yards from me And [G] left there was a giant cross where [Em] once there was a tree. This [G] time I knew I heard a voice, a voice so [Em] sweet and strange. A [C] voice that came from [D] everywhere, a [Em] voice that called my name. 5. So [G] frightened I was thinking of the [Em] sinful deeds I’d done. I [G] failed to see the thousand head of [Em] cattle start to run. The [G] cattle they stampeded, were [Em] running all around. My [C] pony ran but stumbled [D] and it threw me [Em] to the ground. 6. I [G] felt the end was near, that [Em] death would be the price, When [G] another bold of lightning showed the [Em] face of Jesus Christ. And I [G] cried, Oh Lord, forgive me; don’t [Em] let it happen now. I [C] want to live for you [D] alone, Oh [Em] God these words I vow. [Continued]


7. My [G] wicked past unfolded and I [Em] thought of wasted years, When [G] another bolt of lightning killed a [Em] hundred head of steers. And the [G] others rushed on by me and [Em] I was left to live. The [C] Master had a reason; [D] life is his to [Em] take or give. 8. A [G] miracle was performed that night; I [Em] wasn’t meant to die. The [G] dead cows formed a barricade nearly [Em] six or seven high. And [G] right behind it there was I, afraid but [Em] safe and sound. I [C] cried in vain for mercy, [D] kneeling there upon the [Em] ground. 9. A [G] pardon I was granted, my [Em] sinful soul set free. No [G] more to fear the angry waves up- [Em] on life’s stormy seas. Forgiven [G] by the love of God, a [Em] love that will remain. I [C] learned that much and more the night the [D] Savior called my [Em] name.



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