“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, published in 1779. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God. I’ve grown up listening to this hymn but understood the depth of the lyrics when I heard it for a neighbours funeral. At that point of time I was in between the second and third stage of grief. I didn’t know who Andrea Bocelli was, but hearing his soulful voice not only soothed me but as I kept listening to the hymn on loop it brought me immense calmness. I’ve forgiven myself for past mistakes and for not knowing what I didn’t know before I learnt it. When Andrea Bocelli re sang this hymn on Easter Sunday 16th April 2020 from the Duomo Cathedral, Milan I had tears in my eyes as I not only sang with him but seeing all these cities silent and empty. This is an apt song for the current situation we are in and once this pandemic ends Andrea should once again sing this hymn in the Duomo Cathedral, Milan to remind us that we humans are not invincible and we need to treat our planet with respect.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now am found Was blind but now I see Was Grace that taught my heart to fear And Grace, my fears relieved How precious did that Grace appear The hour I first believed Through many dangers, toils and snares We have already come T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far And Grace will lead us home And Grace will lead us home Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost but now am found Was blind but now I see Was blind, but now I see