Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet


Gavin Bryars

Central Theme
Jesus blood never fails.

In 1971 a camera crew went to Waterloo Station in London to tape interviews with disenfranchised and homeless people, people on the fringes. When the producers got back to the studio they realized they had caught the singing of an unidentified homeless man in the background of their footage. His voice haunted them and composer Gavin Bryars recorded multiple versions which have now traveled the world.

Beliefs num
–There’s one thing I know For He loves me so.
–Jesus’ Blood Never failed me yet.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Why is this little chorus so moving?
–What does it mean to say Jesus’ Blood never fails?
–How does Jesus’ blood show His love for us?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Jesus blood never failed me, blood never failed me, blood never failed me yet. This one thing I know, For He loves me so, Jesus blood never failed me yet.
==Homeless man.
–I went downstairs to get a cup of coffee. When I came back I found the normally lively room unnaturally subdued. People were moving about much more slowly than usual and a few were sitting alone, quietly weeping. I was puzzled until I realized that the tape was still playing and that they had been overcome by the old man’s unaccompanied singing.
==Gavin Bryars in the jacket notes.

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