Composed by Will Lamartine Thompson in 1880, “Softly and Tenderly” is a gospel song based on the Bible verse Matthew 11:28.
Among several artists who have created their version of the gospel song, The Everly Brothers’ rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” hits home.
Don and Phillip Everly influenced country and rock and roll music during their time. Most of The Everly Brothers’ songs, like “Bye Bye Love,” “Devoted to You,” and “All I Have To Is Dream,” topped multiple charts in the US and other countries. They were inducted into different Hall of Fames and ranked #33 in Rolling Stone magazine‘s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
The Song and The Duo’s Version
Matthew 11:28 says to come to the Lord whenever we feel burdened and tired. And He will give us the rest that we ask. This is especially true because none of our closest friends or family members can ease the pain, sadness, and burden we carry in our day-to-day lives. The Everly Brothers seemed to record “Softly and Tenderly” movingly, making their listeners pause and stir powerful emotions.
The way the guitar is the only one accompanying the harmony of the men’s voices gives goosebumps; it does call out to the listener to come home to the Highest. Their version makes you want to earnestly pray and talk to the Lord about what you genuinely feel. It shows how powerful a song can be by connecting to your spiritual sense and profoundly reflecting on yourself.
The next time you want to reflect deeply on your thoughts and feelings, listen to The Everly Brothers’ rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” right here.
The Everly Brothers