The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group that has been around since 1944 and actually consists of blind singers from Alabama. They sing and play gospel that has a blues-rock-soul influence, and it’s an absolute joy to behold.
Particular for this tune the minor key and slower tempo pushes the mood of the song deeper into weary and bittersweet, like a survivor just glad to still be alive.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!
Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.