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Amazing Grace

[ Roud 5430 ; Ballad Index LxU096 ; John Newton]

Peter Bellamy learned John Newton's famous hymn, Amazing Grace, “from several American sources, notably Jean Ritchie, Clarence Ashley, and Ralph Stanley.” He sang the first and last verse in 1979 on his album Both Sides Then: British and American Songs, with harmonies sung by Anthea Bellamy and the Watersons. This track was also included on the Watersons' anthology The Definitive Collection.

Lyrics

Peter Bellamy sings Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I'm found,
Was blind but now I see.

(repeat first verse)

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.

(repeat first verse)