Dion - Hymn To Him

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'Hymn to Him' is a song taken from Dion DiMucci’s album 'Blues With Friends', released June 5th 2020. The album features artists like Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons and Paul Simon along with new liner notes written by Bob Dylan. Also Bruce and Patti appear, performing "Hymn to Him." DiMucci picked the artists himself and he thought that the track, which originally appeared on his 1986 LP Velvet and Steel, would be perfect for Patti Scialfa. " I’ve always liked Patti’s voice and I’ve been a fan of hers for quite a while," he says. " She has this soulful vibrato thing going on and I heard it in my head when I thought about doing this song. I’ve always had it on my mind because I think a song doesn’t get tired, although the singer might. I just never got that song to where I wanted it to live until now." He e-mailed the track to Scialfa: " I would have been happy had she just done some harmony parts or vocal echoing on some lines," he said. "I mean, I just wanted her to hum along on some of the solos, but she had a different idea. She had a whole other arrangement in mind and did this layering kind of thing and I just have to say she captured the wind of the holy spirit, truly something beautiful and sublime." "When Patti was listening in the home studio they have, Bruce heard what she was doing and he thought he’d add a try a little something on guitar, " DiMucci says. “And it was terrific, what he did add just so much gravitas. Dion first recorded Hymn To Him for his 1987 gospel album Velvet & Steel.
 
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Bruce on the artist

"When Patti was listening in the home studio they have, Bruce heard what she was doing and he thought he’d add a try a little something on guitar, " DiMucci says. “And it was terrific, what he did add just so much gravitas.

“The whole thing went far beyond my expectations,” he adds. “It’s like at the Olympics where the pole vaulter figures he can, maybe, do 19 feet and ends up clearing 23. I thanked Patti for letting the guy she lives with play on it without my having to pay for it. Those two really took it to someplace remarkable.”

Lyrics

Do you walk in the shadows
Are your dreams swept with fear
Does your heart fill with sadness
With night drawing near

Do you yearn for the moment
When you'll be safe and warm
Do you search for the shelter
From life's oncoming storms

Come to Him through the darkness
Come to Him through the rain
Walk with Him from misfortune
Walk with Him from the pain

He's the light of salvation
He's the head that's never bowed
He's the first step of wisdom
He's the sun through the clouds

Walk with him

If the winds of disaster
Have blown through your night
And the dreams you have cherished
Can't begin to take flight

Take his hand through the sunlight
Lift your head high above
Let your blood flow forever
With the warmth of his love

Come to Him through the darkness
Come to Him through the rain
Walk with Him from misfortune
Walk with Him from the pain

He's the light of salvation
The head that's never bowed
He's the first step of wisdom
He's the sun

The sun through the clouds
Walk with Him (Walk with Him)

Blend your life with his blessings
Drink the wine of tomorrow
Yesterday must be banished
With the seeds of your sorrow

Do you walk in the shadows
Are your dreams swept with fear
Does your heart fill with sadness
With the night drawing near

Do you yearn for the moment
When you'll be safe and warm
Do you search for the shelter
From life's oncoming storms

Come to Him through the darkness
Come to Him through the rain
Walk with Him from misfortune
Walk with Him from the pain

He's the light of salvation
He's the head that's never bowed
He's the first step of wisdom
He's the sun through the clouds

Walk with Him (Walk with Him)