I think this week’s selection for my series, Then Sings My Soul: The Hymns of My Youth may come off a little strangely, in no small part for the manner in which it dates me. So no, the image I’ve added to this post is not a mistake, and we’ll come to the reason why. (But if you ant to purchase the album for some reason I won’t fully comprehend, go ahead and click on it.) Back to our hymn. “In My Heart There Rings A Melody” was written by Elton M. Roth (1891-1951) in 1924, so as hymns tend to go, it’s one of the younger ones, and as a qualifier for entry into this series, I remember singing it in the church of my youth. It’s supposed to go like this:
In My Heart There Rings A Melody
I have a song that Jesus gave me,
It was sent from heaven above;
There never was a sweeter melody,
‘Tis a melody of love.
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody;
There rings a melody of love!
I love the Christ who died on Calv’ry,
For He washed my sins away;
He put within my heart a melody,
And I know it’s there to stay.
‘Twill be my endless theme in glory,
With the angels I will sing;
‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony,
When the courts of heaven ring.
Here comes the strange part: I’ve never been able to sing it. Not that there’s anything overly wrong with the music or lyrics or anything like that… it’s just that I can only get partway through it before Bobby Vinton takes over and the lyrics to “Melody of Love” break into the mix. Yes, I’m referring to the impossible-to-sing chorus:
Oh, oh moja droga jacie kocham
Means that I love you so
Moja droga jacie kocham
More than you’ll ever know
Kocham ciebie calem serce
Love you with all my heart
Return to me and always be
My melody of love
Somehow it’s just too hard to flip between these two songs and keep them straight, so in order to preserve my sanity, I’ve had to write them both off. Not that I particularly cared for either one, but Bobby Vinton was certainly popular for a while there. And I’m sure that not only have I just dated myself, I’ve also just ruined this hymn for somebody who would be similarly dated.