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July 19

Renew Your Faith in Alan Jackson’s Country Gospel, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’

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Alan Jackson maybe famous for being a country outlaw but when he channeled to Gospel, he was a sure hit.

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Alan Jackson in Old Rugged Cross

The Old Rugged Cross, Alan Jackson

‘The Old Rugged Cross’ is a popular hymn that was created long before 1970s or even 1960’s. It was written in 1912 by evangelist and song leader, George Bennard. It chronicles the writer’s Christian experience than patronizing God himself.

Indeed, it became a country gospel favorite right after Ernest Tubb used it as a single in his 1952 gospel album. 20th century has been a darling to this song as many other popular country artists recorded the song before Jackson such as Johnny Cash, Loretta Lyn, Merle Haggard, George Jones and many more.

For some reasons, this version of Alan Jackson stands out in our humble review.

So uplift your spirit as we sang along to his version of ‘The Old Rugged Cross’:

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The Old Rugged Cross – Lyrics

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged Cross
The emblem of suff’ring and shame
And I love that old Cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

Oh, that old rugged Cross so despised by the world
Has a wondrous attraction for me
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

In the old rugged Cross, stain’d with blood so divine
A wondrous beauty I see
For the dear Lamb of God, left his Glory above
To pardon and sanctify me

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown

To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true
Its shame and reproach gladly bear
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away
Where his glory forever I’ll share

So I’ll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown


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