STORY BEHIND THE SONG: Chris Tomlin's "Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)"

By Lindsay Williams | April 1 2009
Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

I started doing some research on "Amazing Grace," and I was blown away that the last verse ("When we've been there 10,000 years bright shining as the sun") was written about 100 years later. The original verse by John Newton was "The earth shall soon dissolve like snow," this incredible verse that I'd never seen in a hymn book. I started thinking about where John Newton came from, the slave ships, and what God had done in his life. We're all made slaves to sin in our life, but God has set us free. He has ransomed us from our slavery. I just wanted to add this idea that I hope brings freshness to the heart of the song. —Chris Tomlin

"Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)" is nominated for Song of the Year at the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The song can be found on Chris Tomlin's album,
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Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Traditional, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio

Amazing grace

How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now I’m found

Was blind, but now I see

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear

And grace my fears relieved

How precious did that grace appear

The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me

His word my hope secures

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow

The sun forbear to shine

But God, who called me here below

Will be forever mine

Will be forever mine

You are forever mine

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