Alas and did my Savior bleed?

That is one of my favorite hymns from growing up.

This morning I received an email from Dan Koch, a member of the Christian band Wayfarer. The band ‘repurposes hymns’.

According to Dan, “We do something a little different than most bands: we take lyric sets from old, largely forgotten hymns or Southern Spirituals, and we write entirely new music to those lyrics: melodies, chords, arrangements, etc.  We call it “Repurposed Hymns”

I listened to their version of “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed” (that you can download here for free) and really liked it.  Not sure what style I’d classify it as… but it was fresh and different.

Take a listen…  Let me know what you think.



  • Ken Cavanagh June 27, 2012 Reply

    Wonderful! Nice to see creative energy put in this needed area.

  • pietrosquared June 28, 2012 Reply

    cool song.

  • rcottrill October 5, 2012 Reply

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Well, I listened to Wayfarer’s version. Sorry, not impressed. The repetitious tune they’ve created is not an improvement on the traditional tune Martyrdom often used with Watts’s great hymn. Further, the carnal bedlam of the accompaniment doesn’t suit the sober lyrics, but merely gets in the way.

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