#334: The Song “Convinced”

This is mark Joseph “young” blog entry #334, on the subject of The Song “Convinced”.

At one time this was my favorite song.  It still ranks number 4 on my list, because I’ve written a few songs I like more.  Tristan placed it tied for 9, which is pretty high on his list.  The problem is in the recording.  I think the vocals are near perfect, and the instruments, done as midis, are pretty good, but the mix is terrible.  (For what it’s worth, it’s better in headphones than on speakers; played on CDs in the car and such the instruments are almost completely lost.  Even so, I’m not really satisfied with the balance between the instruments, either.)  It ranked 24th in recording/performance quality, entirely because of my dissatisfaction with the mix.

I was at the radio station.  I recognized that I had written a lot of “songs of doubt”, as I mentioned in connection with That’s When I’ll Believe, and I wanted to write something that expressed faith.  After all, I was putting doubt behind me and knew what I believed pretty firmly.  I wrote this song with that in view.

My wife wanted to sing it with me, so I wrote a second vocal part.  Then when we included it in the repertoire for TerraNova we wanted Barbara to sing also, so I wrote a third part.  In the recording, the original second part was the top part on the chorus but the middle part on the verse.  My wife still complains that when I wrote the third part I made her sing the middle part all the way through, so now when she hears it she doesn’t know which part to sing, but I didn’t want to be crossing the girl’s parts and Barb had the higher voice.

The recording is here

Convinced.

So here are the words:

Convinced.
Lord, You’ve got me convinced.
I will never doubt You
Since
I found out You
Can be trusted more than I knew.
Ev’rything You said has proved true.

You said that I was a sinner,
And hopelessly enslaved.
I thought that I was a winner,
So why should I be saved?
But when a habit tried to break me,
I was in a bind.
I tried to change and couldn’t make me,
So I’ve changed my mind.

Convinced.
Lord, You’ve got me convinced.
I will never doubt You
Since
I found out You
Can be trusted more than I knew.
Ev’rything You said has proved true.

You said that freedom was in You–
I saw it in Your Word.
I couldn’t even begin to
Believe what’s so absurd.
But when I found no other answer,
You set me free.
You changed a mourner to a dancer.
Now you’ve got me

Convinced.
Lord, You’ve got me convinced.
I will never doubt You
Since
I found out You
Can be trusted more than I knew.
Ev’rything You said has proved true.

You said you’d meet my needs if I would put you first,
Yet when I trusted you, I waited for the worst.
But then you brought me through a very trying time,
And worked it all for good, so now I’ll say that I’m

Convinced.
Lord, You’ve got me convinced.
I will never doubt You
Since
I found out You
Can be trusted more than I knew.
Ev’rything You said has proved true.
All you said is true.
I will put my trust in
You
Because just in
Time I saw such clear evidence.
Lord, You’ve got me convinced.

I can only hope you benefit from the song in some way.  I will continue with additional songs in the future.

*****

Previous web log song posts:

#301:  The Song “Holocaust” | #307:  The Song “Time Bomb” | #311:  The Song “Passing Through the Portal” | #314:  The Song “Walkin’ In the Woods” | #317:  The Song “That’s When I’ll Believe” | #320:  The Song “Free” | #322:  The Song “Voices” | #326:  The Song “Mountain, Mountain” | #328:  The Song “Still Small Voice”

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