Tag Archives: Tennessee Ernie Ford

‘The Old Rugged Cross’

Easter is coming, we’ll be taking Easter hymns. This one, The Old Rugged Cross, used to make me cry when I was a little boy: not so you could hear it, just a lump in the throat and a tear or two.

Sung here by Tennessee Ernie Ford.


‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

(Zero comments again this morning! I hope Tennessee Ernie can scare some up.)

Another Sunday school favorite–Bringing in the Sheaves, sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford. He was on TV a lot when I was growing up. We could use more like him today.


‘Sweet Hour of Prayer’ (Tennessee Ernie)

This was a hymn you used to hear a lot in my family’s house, and in my grandma’s house. My mother had it on a record album that she used to play while doing housework.

Here it is–Sweet Hour of Prayer, a classic hymn sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Written by W. W. Walford in 1845.


‘Shall We Gather at the River?’

My Uncle Bernie used to play this in his car–Shall We Gather at the River, by Tennessee Ernie Ford. It was written in 1864 by Robert Lowry. Another one of those wonderful 19th century hymns.


‘The Church in the Wildwood’ (Ernie Ford)

I wonder how many people today even know what a little community church looks like. Well, we’ve got pictures.

Sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford, back when, The Church in the Wildwood is a sweet old-fashioned hymn.

All earthly things change and pass away; but God’s Word will not pass away.


By Request, ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

I love this hymn, and I’m so glad Erlene requested it–Bringing in the Sheaves, sung by the unforgettable Tennessee Ernie Ford. Patty heard me playing it and did a little dance: first time she’d done that in a while.

Her ear has begun to fill with fluid again,  but the doctor said not to worry about that: now that he’s made the hole, it’ll drain out. Eventually it will all drain out. Meanwhile, she’s happy she can talk on the phone while holding it to her left ear–couldn’t do that while the ear wasn’t working.

I went to the supermarket after that, it’s only 84 degrees today but it feels hotter than that, and then had a cigar and wrote another chapter of The Wind From Heaven. For some reason I now feel exceedingly tired.

Thank you all for your prayers, and please keep them coming. We need ’em.


‘The Ninety and Nine’

The Ninety and Nine, sung here by Tennessee Ernie Ford, refers to Our Lord Jesus Christ’s parable of the Good Shepherd, who leaves his 99 sheep in the fold while he goes out to find the one lost sheep that has gone astray. But of course, as Isaiah points out, we are all as sheep that have gone astray. We all need rescuing.


‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ (Tennessee Ernie Ford)

Squishy liberal Christians, who seek to win the approval of a fallen world, really hate this hymn: it makes ’em squirm. But the rest of us find it–well, uplifting.

Onward Christian Soldiers, sung the old-fashioned way by Tennessee Ernie Ford. Turn up the volume.


‘Give to the Winds Thy Fears’

Susan asked for this one: Give to the Winds Thy Fears. Here we have it sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.

I had never heard this hymn before, but the melody was instantly recognizable as the tune that, in our church, went with Crown Him With Many Crowns.

If you know more sets of lyrics for this hymn, I’d be interested to hear about them.


Bonus Hymn:’Lord, I’m Coming Home’

My mother used to play this hymn on the record player as she did her housework. If she were still alive, she’d be 95 this month. This one’s for you, Ma.

Tennessee Ernie Ford–what a voice he had–sings Lord, I’m Coming Home.


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