In My Father's House (song)

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"In My Father's House"
Song by The Blackwood Brothers
Recorded1954
30 October 1960
GenreGospel
Cover versions
Elvis Presley
 
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"In My Father's House"
Song by The Blackwood Brothers
Recorded1954
30 October 1960
GenreGospel
Cover versions
Elvis Presley

In My Father's House is a gospel song by The Blackwood Brothers, originally recorded in 1954. It was only one of two songs, the other being I Have But One Goal, which the group recorded between 1953 and 1956.[1] Elvis Presley recorded the song at RCA Studios on 30 October 1960 and appears on his His Hand in Mine CD 1.[2][3] Incidentally the lead singer of the original, Jake Hess of The Blackwood Brothers, was a major influence on Elvis.[2] The version recorded by Elvis is slow, in the key of B Major and progresses from B to E major, to C# 7 to F#7.

Biblical reference[edit]

The spiritual song[4] makes reference to the King James Version of the Bible in John 14:2 which says "In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."[5] The song refers to how "In My Father's House are many mansions" and how God is preparing a mansion in heaven. It also refers to how Jesus died on the cross to "bear my sorrow" and "so souls like you may have new life".[6]

Elvis was said to be particularly fond of playing hymns on his gilded piano in Graceland's Music Room, "talking about home as heaven and the mansion as a mark of God's favor."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheatham, Russ (11 July 2003). Bad boy of gospel music: the Calvin Newton story. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1-57806-552-3. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Neale, David (15 September 2003). Roots of Elvis. iUniverse. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-595-29505-0. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Cusic, Don (2010). Encyclopedia of contemporary Christian music: pop, rock, and worship. ABC-CLIO. p. 349. ISBN 978-0-313-34425-1. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Robertson, John (1994). The complete guide to the music of Elvis Presley. Omnibus Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7119-3549-5. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "John 14:2". Bible.cc. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "In My Father's House". Elvis.net. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  7. ^ Marling, Karal Ann (16 August 1996). Graceland: going home with Elvis. Harvard University Press. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-0-674-35889-8. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 

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