ENG 1113 HD Class
22 April 2013
“Take Me to the King or Stay Crying in the Chapel”
If you’re going through a rough time in your life, you may try “Crying in the Chapel” or simply implore “Take me to the King!”
Elvis Presley was raised to have a strong faith in God. He attended the Assembly of God Church with his parents where the gospel music became an important influence for him. He was a film actor and singer born in Tupelo, Ms. Artie Glenn wrote the song “Crying in the Chapel” for his son to sing. According to a review by William Ruhimann, “On the night of October 30-31, 1960, Elvis Presley held a recording session to cut the inspirational album His Hand in Mine. Though ”Crying in the Chapel” was not one of the scheduled songs, after midnight Presley began on it with his vocal backup group the Jordanaires and the modest instrumentation led by Floyd Cramer’s piano. An acceptable take was not deemed to have been made, however, and the song did not appear on the album.” “Crying in the Chapel” led to a fresh spate of covers, making it one of the most successful gospel songs of its time.” The song “Crying in the Chapel” is a first person statement of faith in which the narrator describes his search for peace of mind in discovery of it in religious devotion as represented in a “plain and simple” chapel. If he had been crying, “the tears I shed were tears of joy,” and he assures his listeners that they too will find “the way” if they “take your troubles to the chapel.” Tamela Mann was also raised in a very spiritual home in the Church of God in Christ Church. She began her career as a singer with the gospel group “Kirk Franklin and the Family.” She is an actress, singer and songwriter born in Fort Worth, Texas. Kirk Franklin wrote the song “Take me to the King” realizing that the voice of Tamela Mann would bring the song alive with spiritual healing for many people. “Take me to the King” is a testimony of what several...