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TAMMY WYNETTE
~ THE WONDERS YOU PERFORM ~
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THE WONDERS YOU PERFORM

Oh Lord you know that I'm not one
To bother you with little things
And you and I have never been too close
But we've always been on speaking terms
I've watched your way of doing things
And tried to understand you more than most
No I haven't gone to church the way I ought to
But I always thought you knew
In my own way I worship you
While even your own children doubt
And fail to understand
The simple way you go about the things you do

I've seen the doubt upon the face
Of loved ones as they sadly placed
A wreath of flowers on a tiny grave
And wondered why a child is brought
Into the world to only live
A little while and die, You could have saved
But I believe that in your eyes
This little child was something special
And you wanted it to be with you, no doubt
So with outstretched arms you beckoned
It's so simple that I reckon
They can't understand the way you worked it out

Once I saw a young man growing
Till he reached the age of  knowing
Then I watched as something happened to his mind
No doctor could correct it
It was just as I suspected
And I marveled at your way of being kind
They tried everything in vain
And I was there when  they explained it
To the family how he slipped into a trance
Guess you looked into the future
Watched him turn his back upon you
Loving him so much you couldn't take the chance

It took a lot of love to die
For sinners such as I
I guess that's why you've never given up on me
You understood when some denied you
Even when they crucified you
Knowing all things were meant to be
Lord, a stable's such a simple thing
No wonder there were few who came
To see a King the night that you were born
And I'd ask one favor if I can
Help me to better understand
The mystery of The Wonders You Perform

Tag:  The mystery of the WONDERS YOU PERFORM

(Words and Music by JERRY CHESNUT)

               THE WONDERS YOU PERFORM
                                   (HISTORY)

When Tammy and George Jones were married, I sang this song to George and told him I had no earthly idea of anyone that would record it since it was so different from what everyone was doing.Tammy was in another room rolling her hair and overheard it. She came in and asked if I'd sing it again. When I finished singing it she said "If Billy Sherrill", her producer," will let me, I'll sure do it".....
Tammy was from a Pentecostal background and loved the song. Needless to say she did record it and release it as a single, and on January 23, 1971, it reached Number One in the Nation........ Ornelli Vanoni did an Italian version of the song at the Venice Song Festival and won the Number One place. Her version was released and was in the top ten in the Italian Chart for 16 weeks. Elvis also loved it and was learning it and preparing to record it at the time of his death.
Tammy recorded several of my songs during her lifetime but this one was really special to her. Whenever she went home, back where she was raised, she would go to church and do it. She recorded many hits. Some bigger than this song but she said it was
her favorite of all  them..........
                  JERRY




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