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Elvis SongPedia: Known Only To Him

Known Only To Him




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Stuart Hamblen

Recorded: October 31, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 5.

Single:w/ "Joshua Fit The Battle", 447-0651, Gold Standard Series original release, February 15, 1966

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: - December 1960
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My Spin

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Stuart Hamblen's popular gospel tune "Known Only To Him" was a natural choice for Elvis' His Hand In Mine album. Like Hamblen's other gospel songs, this one has the structure and all the melodic and lyrical hooks of a pop song, with clever wordplay like "I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future". Elvis' crooning is, as usual, delicate and smooth.

I'll write a little more later, but meanwhile, check out the links and music.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Known Only To Him" returns to 3/4 time, an expressive song, performed with great tenderness.

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




Sacred tune with Elvis in his most devout form.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Known Only To Him" Lyrics and Downloads

Known only to him are the great hidden secrets
I'll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
I know not what the future holds
But I know who holds the future
It's a secret known only to Him

In this world of fear and doubt
On my knees I ask the question
Why a lonely, heavy cross I must bear
Then he tells me in my prayer
It's because I am trustworthy
He gives me strength for more than my share

Known only to him are the great hidden secrets
I'll fear not the darkness when my flame shall dim
I know not what the future holds
But I know who holds the future
It's a secret known only to Him
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Elvis song reference books on Amazon!

Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)