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Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand - Alan Garrity

Put Your Hand In The Hand – Alan Garrity

The 70’s in America was a time when there were a lot of “Christian” songs floating around the popular music scene. ‘Put Your Hand’ was one of these and encourages people to grab the hand of Jesus (The Man From Galilee). This Gospel number has all the feel of an old traditional one, but was actually written in 1970 by Gene MacLennan and was first recorded by Anne Murray. It has subsequently been recorded by such luminaries as Joan Baez, Elvis Presley and Donny Hathaway. However, it was a Canadian group called Ocean that had the biggest hit with it, taking their version to number 2 in US. Their one features a mix of male and female vocals.

Alan Garrity’s version is a well-executed one. He delivers a strong vocal performance and his voice has a slight Elvis sound on this recording. His version topped the South African charts in1973 and stayed there for 4 weeks. The mystery that I have not been able to resolve though, is who sings the female vocals on this version. Anyone out there know?

Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 1 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40485 (CD)

Video:
Alan Garrity

Anne Murray

Joan Baez

Elvis Presley

Ocean

Donny Hathaway

Lyrics:

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Everytime I look into the Holy Book I wanna tremble
When I read about the part where a carpenter cleared the temple
For the buyers and the sellers were no different fella’s than what I
professed to be
And it causes me shame to know I’m not the people we should be

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Mama taught me how to pray before I reached the age of seven
And when I’m down on my knees, that’s when I’m close to heaven
Daddy lived his life for two kids and a wife, but you do what you must do
But he showed me enough of what it takes to get me through

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

Put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the water
Put your hand in the hand of the man who calmed the sea
Take a look at yourself and you can look at others differently
By puttin your hand in the hand of the man from Galilee.

(Written by Gene MacLennan)

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