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Subject: Lyric Request: It's No Secret
From: ragnar@barint.on.ca
Date: 17 May 97 - 11:25 PM

Does anyone know who sang/the lyrics to a hymn that I *think* is called "It's No Secret"? One of the lines goes:

Someone slipped and fell, wasn't you or me . . .

It's not much to go on, I know! Thanks.

Jennifer Ellis


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Subject: RE: Lyric Request: It's No Secret
From: vissjoy@superiway.net
Date: 18 May 97 - 08:02 AM

The chimes of time ring out the news Another day is through, Someone slipped and fell, Was that someone you? You may have longed for added strength Your courage to renew. Do not be disheartened, I have news for you.

It is no secret what God can do. What He's done for others, He'll do for you. With arms wide open, He'll pardon you. It is no secret what God can do.

Written by Stuart Hamblyn.


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Subject: RE: Lyric Request: It's No Secret
From: RonaldOlds@aol.com
Date: 27 May 97 - 06:03 PM

The song you requested is written by (correct spelling:):Stuart Hamblen. Hamblen, not Hamblyn

The second verse: There is no night, for in His light you'll never walk alone. Always feel at home, wherever you may roam. There is no pow'r can conquer you, while God is on your side. Just take Him at His promise; Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret . . .

If you want a recording or an accompaniment tape: Order Number: 1617 It is no secret (B flat) with background vocals. Order through SOUNDTRAKS by Christian World, Inc. 1-800-654-6760


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Subject: ADD: It Is No Secret (Stuart Hamblen)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 12:51 PM

This was mentioned in another thread. I thought I'd combine and reformat the verses, to make it look better. I don't know if the lyrics are correct, since I got them from the two messages above.
-Joe Offer-


IT IS NO SECRET
(Stuart Hamblen)

The chimes of time ring out the news
Another day is through,
Someone slipped and fell,
Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength
Your courage to renew.
Do not be disheartened,
I have news for you.

CHORUS
It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.


There is no night, for in His light
You'll never walk alone.
Always feel at home,
Wherever you may roam.
There is no pow'r can conquer you,
While God is on your side.
Just take Him at His promise;
Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret . . .


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: wilco
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 05:14 PM

Beautiful song. Very popular in my area (SE Tennessee) USA


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: wilco
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 05:17 PM

Go to the recordlady.com. There is a recorded version there.


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Subject: Tune Add: IT IS NO SECRET (Stuart Hamblen)
From: Musicman
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 05:32 PM


MIDI file: secret.mid


Timebase: 192


Name: It Is No Secret

Text: By Stuart Hamblin

Copyright:

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here ya go... with piano accomp too.. i hope.. .

musicman


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: Strupag
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 05:56 PM

I know that this might only be relevent to European Mudcats but was that not the song we used to hear when Radio Luxemburg ended it's English transmissions at about 2 - 3AM ?
Signs of a mispeant youth!


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: Strupag
Date: 27 Feb 03 - 06:03 PM

Just after I made that last post I remembered the Radio Lux song and it was not "It is No Secret" but "My Prayer at The End of the Day"
Sorry for confusing you folks!


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: GUEST,Lymejelly
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 08:52 AM

I've been looking for downloadable sheet music for this for piano - any ideas?


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: wilbyhillbilly
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 02:19 PM

I also have recordings of this by Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette and I'm sure there is hundreds more.

The Elvis version is brilliant and makes me tingle, real gospel.


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 02:19 PM

Interesting bit of trivia:
On one of his albums, Stuart Hamblen states that he was talking to John Wayne,when Wayne made the remark "It's no secret what God can do." Hamblen went home and wrote the song.


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 02:50 PM

Origins:   Many who find solace in spirituals find an additional measure of satisfaction in discovering that cherished songs were penned by folks possessed of colorful histories. Songs celebrating the mercy of God seem to mean more when they issue from reformed sinners, so stories that play up that aspect of a song's history are especially prized, even if key points are wildly embellished.

As was the case with "Amazing Grace," though it does have a factual basis, the history of "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)" has been exaggerated at key points to make for better telling.

Carl Stuart Hamblen (the e-mailed account misidentifies him as Russ Hamblin) composed and recorded "It Is No Secret" in 1950. Born in Texas in 1908, Hamblen enjoyed a long and successful musical career as a singer/songwriter, with more than two hundred songs to his credit, before he passed away in California in 1989. Hamblen was a heavy drinker who swore off demon rum and made religion a central part of his life in 1949 after attending "Youth for Christ," a historic revival meeting held by the Reverend Dr. Billy Graham in Los Angeles.

We don't know whether Stuart Hamblen went to Dr. Graham's hotel room and insisted he be prayed for, as the e-mailed chronicle would lead us to believe. It seems doubtful, however, in light of the many accounts Billy Graham has given of that Crusade - though mention is always made of the conversion of Stuart Hamblen and other minor celebrities at that eight-week-long event, not a whisper is heard about a three-hour middle-of-the-night conversation with any of those who found God at that revival meeting, let alone Hamblen.

Another thing from the e-mail gives us pause:

And along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblin had him on his radio show, presumably to poke fun at him. And to gather more material, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings.

According to Dr. Graham, he went on Stuart Hamblen's radio show as part of a media push to raise interest in advance of the revival meeting. He and the other organizers of the event were having trouble getting any advance press coverage, so his appearance on Hamblen's show was a boon to them. And rather than poking fun at the Reverend, Hamblen told his listeners to "go on down to Billy Graham's tent and hear the preaching."

We have not confirmed that John Wayne advised Hamblen to express his newfound religious convictions in song, or that such advice prompted Hamblen to compose "It Is No Secret." Hamblen did appear in a number of minor westerns, including some that starred the Duke, so it is plausible that they knew each other, at least in passing. Yet we've no way of gauging how deep the interaction went. However, the anecdote about John Wayne's purported part in the song's history has been around for a number of years, appearing in a 1997 letter to the editor published in The Augusta Chronicle and a variety of Hamblen biographies published on the Web.

We know that Hamblen did pen "It Is No Secret" a year after he got religion at a revival meeting run by Billy Graham, but we seriously doubt Hamblen went to that meeting to make fun of the preacher, and we don't know whether John Wayne played a part in inspiring Hamblen to write the song. Many of the lovely little details that transform this story into something more than a run-of-the-mill "established songwriter pens a beloved song" tale - sinner gets religion, foreswears his previous hellbound ways, and suffers professionally for his spiritual choices; reformed sinner rescues himself from destitution only through putting his newfound spirituality into music; the redeeming chain of events plays out only through involvement of famous people (i.e. Billy Graham and John Wayne) - are ones we haven't been able to document.

Another aspect of this e-mailed account rings false: it seems rather inaccurate to say of Hamblen that "hard times were upon him" after his spiritual awakening. A year after his discovery of the Lord, Hamblen wrote "It Is No Secret," a tune that brought him tremendous acclaim as it became the first cross-over gospel, country, and pop ballad, reaching the number one spot on all three charts. That same year, he wrote "Remember Me, I'm The One Who Loves You," a song which peaked at #2 on the gospel and country charts and held that position for a full nine weeks. As for "This Ole House," supposedly the sole bright spot in Hamblen's career during a period of professional reverses between his conversion and the success of "It Is No Secret," he didn't write that song until 1954, four years after he'd topped the charts with "It Is No Secret." ("This Ole House" shouldn't be dismissively described as "the only one that had much success" - it went to #2 in the country field and stayed on the charts for thirty weeks, while Rosemary Clooney's version went to #3 in the pop charts and was named Song Of The Year.)

In the early 1950s Hamblen did lose his radio show, the Cowboy Church of the Air, over his refusal to do a commercial promoting alcohol, but his principled stand led the Prohibition Party to nominate him as their candidate for President of the United States in 1952. Hamblen racked up nearly 73,000 votes and finished fourth in a field of twelve candidates despite appearing on the ballot in only twenty-one states.

Stripped down to the barest bones of what we know at this point, we can say that a year after finding religion at a revival meeting, a career songwriter wrote a spiritual that many have taken to their hearts. Whether there is more to the story than that remains to be seen.

Barbara "gospel" Mikkelson

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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 02:53 PM

Oh! Here's that other story refuted by the one above.

Subject: And Now It's no Secret

Back in the 50's there was a well known radio host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named Russ Hamblin who was noted for his drinking, womanizing, partying, etc. One of his bigger hits at the time was "I won't go hunting with you Jake, but I'll go chasing women". And along came a young preacher holding a tent revival. Hamblin had him on his radio show, presumably to poke fun at him. And to gather more material, Hamblin showed up at one of the revival meetings. Early in the service the preacher announced, "There is one man in this audience>who is a big fake." There were probably others who thought the same thing, but Hamblin was convinced that he was the one the preacher was talking about (some would call that conviction), but he was having none of that.

Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's hotel door around 2 am. Demanding that the preacher pray for him. But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God and I'm not going to get in the middle of it." But he did invite Russ in and they talked until about 5 am at which point Russ dropped to his knees and with tears, cried out to God.

But that is not the end of the story. Russ quit drinking, quit chasing, quit everything that was "fun". And began to lose favor with the Hollywood crowd. He was ultimately fired by the radio station when he refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor. Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple of "Christian" songs but the only one that had much success was "This Old House", written for his friend Rosemary Clooney.

As he continued to struggle, an old friend named John took him aside and told him all your troubles started when you "got religion" and asked if it was worth it all. Russ answered simply,"Yes". Then his friend said, "You liked your booze so much. Don't you ever miss it?" And the answer was, "No". John then said, "I don't understand how you could give it up so easily." And Russ's response was,

"It's no big secret. All things are possible with God." To this John said, "That's a catchy phrase. You should write a song about it."

And as they say, the rest is history. The song Russ wrote was "It Is No Secret" - "It is no secret, what God can do. What He's done for others, He'll do for you. With arms wide open, He'll welcome you. It is no secret, what God can do." etc...

By the way, the friend was John Wayne, and the young preacher who refused to pray for Russ Hamblin was Billy Graham. And now you know "the rest of the story."


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Subject: Chords Add: IT IS NO SECRET (Stuart Hamblen)
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 03:12 PM

Lymejelly, I've been unable to find sheet music with piano online for you. I did find these references which you might check for in your local libraries:

Andy Griffith Songbook
Timeless Praise
Sheet Music Plus

Also, for those interested in chords

From Chords for:

It is no Secret
4/4 time

[C]The chimes of time [C7]ring [F]out the news,
an[C]other day is through.
[G7]Someone slipped and fell,
[C]was that someone you?
[G7]You [C] may have you longed [C7]for [F]added strength,
your [C]courage to renew.
[G]Do not be disheartened,
for [D7]I have news for [G7] you:
 
Chorus:
[C]It [G7]is [C7]no [F]secret, what [G7]God can [C]do.
What He's done for [G7] others,
He'll do for [C]you.
With arms [C]wide [F]open,
He'll pardon [C]you.
[C]It is no [G7]secret, what God can [C] do! [F] [C]

 
[C] There is no night, [C7]for in [F]His light,
you'll [C]never walk alone.
[G7]Always feel at home,
where [C]ever you may roam.
[G7]There is no power [C7]can [F]conquer you,
while [C]God is on your side.
[G]Just take [G]Him at his Promise.
Don't [D7]run away and [G7]hide.
 
Chorus: x2


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 03:34 PM

For anyone who has an interest in the stories behind the favorite hymns, I just ordered a book Then Sings My Soul... the story behind 150 hymns. If you want more information, you can PM me. The book was originally $19.00 but is on sale for $8.00.

Two women at my church stood up one service and sang this song with just guitar accompaniment and good old-fashioned southern harmony. Made me run for my hymnal (it's in the Baptist hymnal we have at church..)

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Gospel: It's No Secret / It Is No Secret
From: mcgrathof altcar
Date: 05 Aug 04 - 06:07 PM

Did you find the piano music lime jelly?

I could provide it if your desperate.


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Subject: origin: IT IS NO SECRET (Stuart Hamblen)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 10 May 08 - 04:25 AM

This is the story Stuart Hamblen related on an LP about how the two songs 'It Is No Secret' and 'This Old House' were written...

and he DID NOT write 'This Old House' for Rosemary Clooney as has been stated by some writers.......but for him self...tho she and many others did record it...Stuart recorded two versions of the
song...

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One night while at party, Stuart was cornered by John Wayne who found his new-found religious zeal hard to believe. But during a conversation with the actor, Stuart remarked off-handedly, "Well, it's no secret what God can do."

As Stuart was leaving the actor's house that evening, John walked up to him and told him he should write a song about the comment he had made. That chance remark led to It Is No Secret (what God can do), a tune that provided a Top 10 country hit not only for Hamblen, but also proved successful for Red Foley with the Andrews Sisters, Jo Stafford, and Bill Kenny and the Song Spinners. Later, Elvis Presley and the Jordanaires recorded it and it became one of their best known Gospel hits.

Stuart states on the record that he went home and wrote the song in
15 or 20 minutes...

Gene


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