(traditional, arr. by J. Baez)
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.
`t Was Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fear 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,
Grace will lead us home.
When we`ve been there ten thousands years,
Bright shining as the sun.
We`ve no less days to sing God`s praise
Than when we first begun.
Joan Baez (; born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice. Baez has performed publicly for over 55 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the counterculture days of the 1960s and now encompasses everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people's work, having recorded songs by the Allman Brothers Band, the Beatles, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant. Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.