10 80s School Hymns You Still Know All The Words To!

4. When I needed A Neighbour

When I needed a neighbour, were you there. Sydney Carter* (1915-2004). This was written for the use of Christian Aid and widely circulated for Christian Aid Week, 1965, in a small concertina format. It was included in the Methodist Hymns and Songs (1969) and the Anglican 100HfT (1969). It has been included in over forty collections of hymns and worship songs.

When I needed a neighbour
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour
Were you there?

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
Were you there?

5. He’s Got The Whole World (In His Hands)


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. Frank Warner performed the song during the 1940s and 1950s, and introduced it to the American folk scene. Warner recorded it on the Elektra album American Folk Songs and Ballads in 1952. It was quickly picked up by both American gospel singers and British skiffle and pop musicians.

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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

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6. Cross Over The Road

Would you walk by on the other side
When someone called for aid?
Would you walk by on the other side
And would you be afraid?
Cross over the road my friend,
Ask the lord his strength to lend,
His compassion has no end –
Cross over the road.

7. Autumn Days

Autumn days, when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell
Jet planes meeting in the air to be refuelled
All these things I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

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