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I've always thought "Amazing Grace" was a wonderful piece of music. It needed a chorus, though -- so I wrote one.

While I was at it, I made some changes in the lyrics, too, so that I could sing 'em with the conviction they deserve.

I like my arrangement a lot. The only really difficult part was deciding what instrumentation to use in the lead break. I tried a harmonica first and, while it was good, it just didn't feel finished to me. So I tried adding a fiddle counter-melody. That seemed distracting.

Eventually, I surrendered to the inevitable -- and then everything just fell into place.

I produced, arranged and engineered the song. I also sing lead and play acoustic guitar, DR-770 and Korg Triton.

Amazing Grace
(Copyright© 1779 by John Newton
arrangement and revised lyrics copyright© 2002
by Thom Stark - all rights reserved
)
E                  A         E
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
                         B7
That saved a wretch like me.
E               A            E
I once was lost, but now I'm found.
                 B7    E
I was blind, but now I see.

It was grace that filled my heart with fear,
And grace those fears relieved.
And grace, it touched my heart with joy
             B       E        E7
When grace I first received.

A                  E
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
A                        B
That saved a wretch like me.
  E                  A       E
I once was lost, but now I'm found.
                       B7
I was blind, but now I see.

Through endless danger, traps and snares
I have for so long roamed,
And it's grace that's seen me through this far.
And grace I know will see me home.

Amazing grace..

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