The Lighthouse

Did you know that Elvis Presley used to sing a lot of Christian / Gospel songs? Today I would like to share with you one of my favourites. But this version doesn’t feature Elvis, but a band of Elvis’s contemporaries called J. D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet. The lyrics are really moving and I’ve pasted them below. Underneath the lyrics I have embedded a video of the song. I hope it blesses you:

There’s a lighthouse on a hillside
That overlooks life’s seas
When my soul is tossed about
It sends out a light
That I might clearly see
And the light that shines in darkness
Will safely lead me home
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse
This ship, it would sail no more

Now everybody that lives about us
Says tear the lighthouse down
Cause the big ships don’t sail this way anymore
There’s no use in it hanging around
But my mind goes back to one stormy night
When just in time I saw the light
It was the light from that old lighthouse
Way up high on the hill

I thank God for the lighthouse
I owe my life to Him
Jesus is the lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shone a light around me
That I might clearly see
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse
Where would this ship be?

 

 

If you’d like to learn more about J.D. Sumner, here’s a link to the relevant Wikipedia page.

What are your favourite Gospel / spiritual songs? Feel free to share in the comments!

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