It Was for Me

 
Lyrics & Information
LyricsAbout the song…
To the silent garden came Jesus with His disciples
To the garden of Gethsemane
Said He then
Sit ye here
Yonder will I go to pray
Tarry here and watch with me one hour

In dark Gethsemane, there prayed the Son of God
Who said, “Thy will be done,” and dared receive the bitter cup
And He, the sinless One, suffered all for sinful man
And His grief and pain
It was for me
In dark Gethsemane

Said He then
The hour is come
He is near who betrayeth me into the sinners’ hands
Taken
Mocked
Crowned with thorns
Left alone and forsaken
Left alone the heavy cross He bore

Along the weary road, the way to Calvary
There walked the Lord of all
By death to heal the wounded heart and save the anguished soul
For the love of man to die
And the cross He bore
It was for me
The cross of Calvary

In dark Gethsemane
The cross at Calvary
There won the Lord of all the victory o’er death and hell
Transgression’s captive freed by the sacrifice of love
And the price He paid so willingly
It was for me

It was for me.

Here you have it: the song that started it. Back in, oh, 1984-ish, a friend asked me to write something for her Relief Society lesson on the atonement. And thus, “It Was for Me” was born, along with an all-consuming, lifelong hobby. The song has morphed a bit, and, come to think of it, so has the hobby. ;)

Some time in 2012 I got an itch to redo the piano part, so the version that Jacosa sings now has a new accompaniment. (It may work with the SATB, but I haven’t tried it.)

I tried (with varying success) to stick with a scriptural paraphrase for the verses, in order to tell the story very simply. The chorus expresses more of my personal feelings.

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Vocals by Jacosa Limutau, Accompaniment Track
Vocals by Katie Brandt, Accompaniment Track

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