And can it be – Phatfish

Here’s a new tune (well…it’s two years old, but it’s new to me….compared to the words, the tune is new anyway…) for ‘And can it be’. To my mind the original tune is a belter, but most of us (especially blokes) get a bit confused what we should sing in the last couple of lines. I’ve only listened to this version twice, but am looking forward to getting to know it better.

Phatfish have dispensed with the traditional second verse, with its talk of the ‘firstborn seraph’ (I don’t know if that was their reason…). I’ve posted the lyrics below so you can hum along meaningfully.

On this recording, I particularly like the way they portray the dungeon ‘filling with light’ musically, and the contrast between the more reflective feel in first couple of verses with the more solid, uplifting final verse.

1. And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Savior’s blood!
Died he for me? who caused his pain!
For me? who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2. He left his Father’s throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

4. No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine;
alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

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