Amazing Grace: Does the Tune Matter?

Does the tune, the music itself, have a message?

Examine the following videos and see what you think.

Orchestra and serious solemn singing of Amazing Grace.

 

Amazing Grace ( My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin

 

Amazing Grace sung to a different tune.

 

Now that version didn’t sound bad (more different) and actually was somewhat serious. So what can be wrong with putting Amazing Grace to that tune? If you know what the tune is then you might see the conflict. The tune is House Of Rising Sun which is about a house of ill repute.

 

So does singing Amazing Grace to this tune change the ultimate meaning or give a different message?



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