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You Raise Me Up – lyrics – Westlife

 

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

[Instrumental break]

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up… To more than I can be.

You raise me up… To more than I can be.

 

YOU RAISE ME UP – FACTS ABOUT THE SONG

 

“You Raise Me Up” is a popular song of the inspirational variety. The music was written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland; the lyrics by Brendan Graham. The song is so popular that is has now been covered by various artists more than 125 times.

The song was originally written as an instrumental piece and entitled “Silent Story”. Løvland approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody after reading Graham’s novels. It was originally released on the 2002 Secret Garden album “Once in a Red Moon”, with the vocals sung by Irish singer Brian Kennedy, and sold well in both Ireland and Norway. The song was used for commemorations of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks despite not having been released in America yet. Originally, Brian Kennedy was supposed to follow Secret Garden on their Asian tour in 2002, but fell ill, and could not attend. He was replaced by Norwegian singer Jan Werner Danielsen, who also later recorded the song together with Secret Garden, but it was never released.

In 2004, the song was played more than 500,000 times on American radio. In late 2005, there were over 80 versions available in USA alone, and it has become nominated for Gospel Music Awards four times, including “Song of the Year”. The version by Christian group Selah also went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Charts.

On 21 September 2006, “You Raise Me Up” became the first song to have sold over 20,000 copies of the score on the popular sheet music website musicnotes.com.

Westlife released a cover version of “You Raise Me Up” as their first single from their Face to Face album. The band’s version is the #99 Best selling single in the UK for the 21st Century to date, having reached #1 on the chart in 2005. The band also won UK Record of the Year award for their rendition.

Westlife, together with original composer Secret Garden, performed the song at the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize concert.

The band was the 100th artist to record this song.

 

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