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november 1999

John Newton: Amazing Grace


  The chords of the song according to Volkmar Kramarz
Appendix to: "The amazing grace of Never Ever"
PLEASE NOTE: This file is the authors' own work and represents their
interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study,
scholarship, or research.

Song: Amazing Grace
Written by: John Newton (1725-1807)
As transcribed by: Volkmar Kramarz in his book "Harmonie-analyse der
                   Rockmusik. Von Folk und Blues zu Rock und New Wave"
                   (Mainz: Schott, 1983, page 44).
Between brackets this transcription shows the chordal
embellishments, added to the song in the songbook
"The Best of Folk", New York: Walter Kan & Son, Ludlow Music, n.y.

Verse 3 and 5 of the lyrics are early additions, dating back from
"A Collection of Sacred Ballads" (1790).

   |C           |C      (G)  |F           |C           |
 A- mazing       grace,  how  sweet   the  sound,  that
   |C           |(Am)   (D7) |G           |
    saved     a  wretch like  me.       I
   |C           |(Am)        |F           |C           |
    once    was  lost    but  now      am  found,  was 
   |C           |G      (G7) |C           ||
    blind,  but  now       I  see  

2.  'Twas grace, that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved.
    How precious did that grace appear,
    The hour I first believed.

3.  The Lord has promised good to me,
    his word my hope secures;
    he will my shield and portion be
    as long as life endures.

4.  Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come.
    'Tis grace hath brought me safe, thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.

5.  When we've been there ten thousand years,
    bright shining as the sun,
    We've no less days to sing God's praise,
    Than when we first begun.

6.  Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me.
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.