He looked beyond my faults

He looked beyond my faults. Dottie Rambo* (1934-2008).  ‘He looked beyond my faults (and saw my need)’ (1967) is one of the most lasting contributions of Rambo. Alluding to John Newton*’s famous hymn in the incipit (‘Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise’), this song has drawn the attention of well-known recording artists such as Elvis Presley, Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, Pat Boone, and Sandi Patty (Drudge, n.p.). The pairing of the tune LONDONDERRY AIR with her words demonstrates Rambo’s ability to match lyrics and melody so well. One source (Hymnary.org.) refers to Matthew 14:14 as the basis for the lyrics: ‘And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude,...

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