Traditional - HE'S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS

First performance: 06/12/2001


Coverinfo

Bruce joins The South Community Choir of Asbury Park for guitar and vocals on the song during two Christmas shows of 2001.
 
The South Community Choir of Asbury Park kicks things off with this song during the Chrismas show of 2001. 

2001-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
The South Community Choir of Asbury Park starts the show again with this song.
 
 
 

Songinfo

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" is a traditional American spiritual, first published in 1927. It became an international pop hit in 1957-58 in a recording by English singer Laurie London, and has been recorded by many other singers and choirs. By many sources, including his published obituary, this song is said to have been written by Master Sergeant Obie Edwin Philpot, although he never held a copyright or earned a royalty. The song was first published in the paperbound hymnal Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New in 1927. In 1933, it was collected by Frank Warner from the singing of Sue Thomas in North Carolina. It was also recorded by other collectors such as Robert Sonkin of the Library of Congress, who recorded it in Gee's Bend, Alabama in 1941. That version is still available at the Library's American Folklife Center.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got my brothers and my sisters in his hands
He's got my brothers and my sisters in his hands
He's got my brothers and my sisters in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the sun and the rain in his hands
He's got the moon and the stars in his hands
He's got the wind and the clouds in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got the rivers and the mountains in his hands
He's got the oceans and the seas in his hands
He's got you and he's got me in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands

He's got everybody here in his hands
He's got everybody there in his hands
He's got everybody everywhere in his hands
He's got the whole world in his hands