Put Your Hand in the Hand

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"Put Your Hand in the Hand"
Single by Ocean
from the album Put Your Hand in the Hand
B-side "Tear Down the Fences"
Released 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre Pop, gospel
Length 2:52 – Single Edit
3:53 – Album Cut
Label Kama Sutra Records
Writer(s) Gene MacLellan
Producer(s) Greg Brown, Ocean
Ocean singles chronology
"Put Your Hand in the Hand"
"Deep Enough for Me"

"Put Your Hand in the Hand" is a gospel pop song composed by Gene MacLellan and first recorded by Canadian singer Anne Murray from her third studio album Honey, Wheat and Laughter.

The song was later covered by Canadian band Ocean and released as the title track to their debut album. Their version of the track is arguably the most popular version of the track, peaking at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and went on to become 22nd best-seller of 1971.

Track listing[edit]

7" single

A1 "Put Your Hand in the Hand" – 2:52
A2 "Tear Down the Fences" – 2:53

Cover versions[edit]

The song was also covered in the 1970s by a number of other performers, including Elvis Presley (who also covered MacLellan's "Snowbird"), Randy Stonehill, Frankie Laine, Donny Hathaway, Joan Baez, the Les Humphries Singers and a German-language version ("Ich fand eine Hand") by Cindy & Bert. Evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong covered the song in a January 1976 episode of Hee Haw. Country singers Sandy Posey, Lynn Anderson and Loretta Lynn also recorded the song.

South African singer Ray Dylan recorded a cover on his album "Goeie Ou Country - Op Aanvraag".[1]

In a 1991 episode of the sitcom, Family Matters, titled "Choir Trouble", the cast was singing the song in their church as part of their Gospel Fest.

After MacLellan's suicide in 1995, his friend and fellow Atlantic Canadian musician Ron Hynes wrote the song "Godspeed" as a tribute, the lyrics for which reference the title of this song.[2]