In My Father's House (song)

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"In My Father's House"
Song by The Blackwood Brothers

"In My Father's House" is a gospel song by the Blackwood Brothers, originally recorded in 1954. It was only one of two songs, the other being "I Have But One Goal", which the group recorded between 1953 and 1956.[1]

Elvis Presley recorded the song at RCA Studios on October 30, 1960 and appears on his His Hand in Mine CD 1.[2][3] Jimmy Blackwood was lead singer of the Blackwoods, but it was Jake Hess, lead for the Statemen, who was a major influence on Elvis.[2] The version recorded by Elvis is slow, in the key of B Major and progresses from B to E major, to C# 7 to F#7.[citation needed]

Biblical reference[edit]

The spiritual song[4] makes reference to the King James Version of the Bible in John 14:2 which says "In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."[5] The song refers to how "In My Father's House are many mansions" and how God is preparing a mansion in heaven. It also refers to how Jesus died on the cross to "bear my sorrow" and "so souls like you may have new life".[6]

Aileen Hanks, a blind singer, composed the lyrics and music of this gospel song introduced by the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and later rearranged and recorded by Elvis Presley.[citation needed]

Elvis was said to be particularly fond of playing hymns on his gilded piano in Graceland's Music Room, "talking about home as heaven and the mansion as a mark of God's favor."[7]


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  2. ^ a b Neale, David (September 15, 2003). Roots of Elvis. iUniverse. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-595-29505-0. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Cusic, Don (2010). Encyclopedia of contemporary Christian music: pop, rock, and worship. ABC-CLIO. p. 349. ISBN 978-0-313-34425-1. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Robertson, John (1994). The complete guide to the music of Elvis Presley. Omnibus Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-7119-3549-5. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "John 14:2". Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "In My Father's House". Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  7. ^ Marling, Karal Ann (August 16, 1996). Graceland: going home with Elvis. Harvard University Press. pp. 157–. ISBN 978-0-674-35889-8. Retrieved March 28, 2011.