Last week we heard two Amish sisters singing Amazing Grace, accompanied by one sister’s guitar playing. There were actually several more songs from that same after-dinner session that I wanted to share with you. It sounds like these lucky diners got a nice little concert. These songs are all a bit peppier than the slower Amazing Grace classic.

First up is “Bigger Than Any Mountain“:

Bigger Than Any Mountain

Bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
Bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Bigger than all the shadows that fall across my path,
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
He’s bigger than all the confusion, bigger than anything;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
Bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Bigger than all the giants of pain and unbelief;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
Bigger than any hangups, bigger than anything;
My God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
Bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Bigger than all my problems, bigger than all my fears;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
Bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything;
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.
God is bigger than any mountain that I can or can not see.

Credit: G. Jensen

Next, “My Ways Are Not Your Ways“:

My Ways Are Not Your Ways

Oft the way to the goal seems so weary and long,
Trials almost take away my song;
Then we sigh and we cry and we ask,
‘Father why does this life my wishes all deny?’

Chorus-

My ways, my child, are not your ways,
My thoughts are higher than thine.
Let me lead you each step of this long weary day,
Let me clasp thy trembling hand in mine.

It is my hearts desire to do His blessed will,
And to serve my Master every day;
But when things all go wrong and the world doubts me still,
Then, oh Lord, I can-not understand.

So I’ll leave all to Him, He has promised to share
All my load and ev’ry care to bear.
There is joy in my heart and on my lips a song,
Even tho’, Lord, I don’t understand.

Finally, “Rocky Top“, a tune with a little Southern Appalachia flavor. You can see by the lyrics this one is not a church hymn.

I do find some of the themes of this song, like the moonshine reference, unexpected especially for a New Order church, which are probably among the most “anti-alcohol” Amish groups. Still you can notice some traditional themes that might appeal to the Amish.

Rocky Top

Wish that I was on ole Rocky Top
Down in the Tennessee Hills.
Ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top,
Ain’t no telephone bills.

Once I had a girl on Rocky Top,
Half bear the other half cat;
Wild as a mink as sweet as soda pop,
I still dream about that.

Rocky Top, you’ll always be,
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole Rocky Top,
Rocky Top Tennessee.

Once two strangers climbed ole Rocky Top,
Lookin’ for a moonshine still.
Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top,
Reckon they never will.

Corn won’t grow at all on Rocky Top,
Dirt’s too rocky by far.
That’s why all the folks on Rocky Top,
get their corn from a jar.

Rocky Top, you’ll always be,
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole Rocky Top,
Rocky Top Tennessee.

I’ve had years of cramped up city life;
Trapped like a duck in a pen.
All I know is it’s a pity life,
Can’t be simple again.

Rocky Top, you’ll always be,
Home sweet home to me.
Good ole Rocky Top,
Rocky Top Tennessee.

Credit: Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant


You might also like:



Get the Amish in your inbox


    Find lots of unique solutions for your home, cabin or farmhouse at LEHMAN'S Old Time General Store! Shop now!