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Amazing Grace

May 1, 2008 | 19 Comments


I've heard you sing "Amazing Grace" to the Mickey Mouse Club theme song. I've searched high and low for how the words go in the song...I know that it is different than the hymn. I'm going to teach this for Bible school this summer. Please help. I did a Google search and couldn't find it. Love your program.....!!!!!

Margo H.

Not sure I should tell you, Margo, since the Disney company can be mean and litigious and sic its hairy-handed lawyers on you for the slightest little thing, but the hymn fits the Mickey Mouse song very nicely.

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.
Amazing Grace! (Amazing Grace)
Amazing Grace! (Amazing Grace)
Forever let us hold our banner high (high, high, high)
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.


Dears Margo and Garrison,

It might come in handy to note that the words to "Amazing Grace" also fit with the music to "Stairway to Heaven", "The First Noel", and the theme song to "Gilligan's Island". With not much stretching, you can pretty much interchange the words and music to any of those four with the music and words to each of the others.

Happy transposing!

Ah, but Garrison, does it fit to 'Yellow Rose of Texas'? That's the gold standard of song lyrics, you know. :-)

I also enjoy the text to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song -- just repeat the last line to make it fit the music (and for dramatic effect).

The Chenille Sisters do Amazing Grace to the tune of the theme song from Gilligan's Island! Also fun! Try it!

too rich for words ... the world suffers when it lacks enough impertinence to keep the hoity toity guessing

There is no need to alter the words to Amazing Grace. Observe:

Amaging Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G--G-R-A-C-E.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
Amazing Grace (Amazing Grace)
Amazing Grace (Amazing Grace)
'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.

With a little bit of work the 3rd, 4th and 5th verses of the hymn may be fit into a second verse of the "Mickey Mouse Club March."

The words to Amazing Grace fit nicely with the tune of House of the Rising Sun, something I learned 30+ years ago in Bible camp.

Thank you, Jesus, for small favors.
There will be other days unwritten in red letters.
Certainly a pleasure...boot out...

Once I almost was thrown off a bus for laughing uproariously. I just had been taught to sing Amazing Grace to the theme song from Gilligan's Island. Try it if you'd like a good giggle...but I don't advise it while riding public transportation.

Amazing grace can also be sung very nicely to the theme song of the Gilligan's Island TV show, try it.
Richard C.
Vernon CT

You can also sing "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun" ("There was a house in New Orleans . . ."). Equally fun, especially around the campfire, and maybe fewer copyright problems, I don't know.

The hymn "Amazing Grace" can also be sung to the tune that goes along with the old tv show "Gilligan's Island". It is quite livily for a younger group.

Ooh, ooh - my turn! "Peaceful, Easy Feeling" by the Eagles works, too. Keep the original chorus, but change "standing on the ground" to "...on HIGHER ground" for a little extra Protestant kick.

Hi Garrison Keillor - I have been wanting to tell you for so long now how much I enjoy your weekly newspaper column in AZ. Daily Star in Tucson - I love everything you write....and since I was raised in Iowa, just south of the Minn. border, I appreciate all your pertinent comments re. that breed of people who come from there. Keep on you........Lorayne Stasney, at age 82, still kicking in AZ.

Thought I would join in on the "Amazing Grace" discussion. When I was in youth group many, many moons ago, we would sing it to the Coke commercial..."I'd like to teach the world to sing..." Try it! It's the pause that refreshes!

Amazing Grace also fits to

Rocky Top


Ghost Riders in the Sky

and the words for Pinball Wizard
fit to

are you ready

Folsom Prison Blues

check it out and try it

I heard Amazing Grace sung to the tune of The Rose, normally sung by Bette Midler. I would love to find a recording of Amazing Grace sung to this tune... it is AWESOME!!
If anyone had info on it please let me know. Also would love to hear it sung to the tune of House of the Rising Sun.
thanks, Bev :)

Garrison, where are you...The Tucson Daily Star has no wisdom and humor without you!....Please, please come back! Elna Clancy...a mighty big fan

Where did you go to bible camp when you learned amazing grace to the tune of house of the rising son ?

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