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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

SONGS I LIKE - Where No One Stands Alone (Mosie Lister)

But I don't know a thing in this whole wide world
That's worse than being alone.

The line between bluegrass and gospel music is difficult to find. Its mostly stylistic, as you can turn a gospel song into bluegrass with the right instruments, attitude, and singing, and some of the best bluegrass is old gospel work, or become gospel, such as this song.

Originally written by Mosie Lister, who began writing songs in 1939 at the age of 17. A very prolific writer, many of his songs have endured, especially interpreted through bluegrass, and Alison Krauss made this song especially popular with a slightly different version than the original.

My favorite is by the Peasall Sisters, mostly because I think they are adorable and love their sweet voices. I can just imagine being their dad and being so proud hearing them sing. "Where No One Stands Alone" is a song about a basic theme of humanity, the fear of being alone. In the Bible, the first problem God finds with the world is that Adam is alone, and He declares it is not good for man to be alone. We're created as social creatures, and even the most introverted and private among us seek companionship at times.

This song appeals to God to be with us, even when we're otherwise alone. Facing life can be so hard at times and facing it alone is that much harder. "Hold my hand" the song pleads, so I do not have to walk totally alone in this world.

Because no matter how many people are in our lives, no matter how busy we are and how surrounded we are with love and affection, no matter how powerful and wealthy we may become, we're still ultimately alone in many ways and in the end, no one can go with us.

Once I stood in the night with my head bowed low
In the darkness as black as the sea
And my heart was afraid and I cried,
Oh Lord, don't hide your face from me.

Hold my hand all the way, every hour, every day
From here to the great unknown
Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone.

Like a king, I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I don't know a thing in this whole wide world
That's worse than being alone.

Hold my hand all the way, every hour, every day
From here to the great unknown
Take my hand, let me stand
Where no one stands alone...



This is part of the Songs I Like series.

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