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Crying In The Chapel

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Artie Glenn

Recorded: October 31, 1960, RCA Studios, Nashville
Released master is take 3.

Single:w/ "I Believe In The Man In The Sky", as Gold Standard Series original release, 447-0643, April 6, 1965

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#3 on Billboard's Hot 100
#1 on Easy Listening chart

1st LP release: How Great Thou Art - March 8, 1967
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My Spin

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Although "Crying In The Chapel" was held back from release for five years, it became Elvis' most successful gospel song, quickly selling a million copies.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

The charge of sentimentality can be levelled against a few of these items, but Presley's sincerity is never in doubt. "Crying In The Chapel" - the most successful of these recordings, not released for five years - veers near these waters, but the pulse is slow, with harmonies (superbly realised by the Jordanaires) that carry the beat. It is sung by Presley with tenderness and a fine feeling for the words.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

Elvis at his very best, turning a minor hit by the Orioles featuring Sonny Till (1953) and later Adam Wade (1965) into a breaktakingly beautiful pop song - simple, sentimental, and transcendentally Elvis, backed by the Jordanaires.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Crying In The Chapel" Lyrics

You saw me crying in the chapel.
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
Now I am happy with the Lord

Just a plain and simple chapel
Where humble people go to pray
I pray the Lord that I'll grow stronger
As I live from day to day

I've searched and I've searched
But I couldn't find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Now I'm happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
We gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord

You'll search and you'll search
But you'll never find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Your burdens will be lighter
And you'll surely find the way
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