This is from a 1974 Columbo episode called “Swan Song,” guest starring Johnny Cash. Actually it’s a Johnny Cash gospel song from 1966, I Saw the Light–and the lyrics are spot on. The backup is a little overproduced for my taste, but it’s a catchy tune with Johnny Cash’s voice and, most importantly, a solid Christian message.
Running late today, but never mind. And I hope you don’t mind letting a Hank Williams song do the honors today: I Saw the Light, from 1948. Oops, that’s old.
I can’t believe God isn’t pleased when our otherwise thoughtless popular culture turns around to praise Him. Poor Williams, a victim of incurable chronic back pain, died in 1953 at the age of 29 from a heart attack brought on by prescription drugs and alcohol. But he had this song to give us first–inspired, he said, by a remark made by his mother on their way home from church.