Music: Karaoke-“I Can Only Imagine” (originally by Mercy Me -movie too) by Crazy lil’ Sal

“I Can Only Imagine” (originally by Mercy Me -movie too) by Crazy lil’ Sal

MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe Album: Almost ThereReleased: 2001 songfacts.com
“I can only imagine what it will be like
When I walk, by your side
I can only imagine what my eyes will see
When you face is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by You glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus
Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when that day comes
When I find myself standing in the Son
I can only imagine when all I would do is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine hey ya ah

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in Your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine hey ya ah

I can only imagine yeah yeah
I can only imagine

I can only imagine ey ey ey
I can only imagine

I can only imagine when all I will do
Is forever, forever worship You
I can only imagineWriter/s: BART MILLARD
Publisher: MUSIC SERVICES, INC.
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind”

I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe songfacts.com
“..When we spoke with Millard in 2012, he told us that he wrote the song in about 10 minutes, and that it was one of just three songs he wrote where he felt like he was “a spectator watching the song being written” (the others were “Word of God Speak” and “The Hurt & The Healer”). Regarding the song’s meaning, Millard stated: “When my father died of cancer in 1991, he left me with the assurance that he was headed to a better place. For several years following his death, I would find myself writing the phrase ‘I can only imagine’ on anything I could find. That simple phrase would give me a peace thinking about what my dad was finally experiencing. Years later, in 1999, MercyMe was writing songs for an independent project. I remember coming home from a show and being wide awake on our bus at 2 o’clock in the morning. I was trying to write lyrics in an old notebook of mine, when all of a sudden, I stumbled across that phrase. About ten minutes later, the song was written. Some people say it’s amazing that it was written in ten minutes, when really it had been on my heart for almost ten years.”..”

I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me – karaoke – YouTube

The Surprising Way “I Can Only Imagine” Became a #1 Hit on Mainstream Radio
“..How does a Christian song like Imagine climb to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Single Sales chart? More than that, how does it stay there for ten weeks? How can the same audience who rocks out to Havana metaphorically flip the dial and belt out a line about dancing for Jesus?..

Now, neither Fitz nor its host station—100.3 Wild-FM—were particularly attuned to the faith-based audience. In fact, the show featured all the crudity you’d expect from a program fashioned after the image and likeness of Howard Stern.

Nevertheless, a regular Fitz listener took it upon himself to repeatedly call in and demand to hear Imagine. Whether it was a joke or the listener was sincere, this crew of rush-hour shock jocks wasn’t about to honor this guy’s request.

The show’s producer, on the other hand, thought it was a great idea. Of course, this young man just happened to be a seminary student who’d only taken on the producer slot because he felt God wanted him to serve as a light in that dark place…..

Eventually, this modern-day version of Esther prevailed upon his hosts to put Imagine on the air. Almost immediately, it became the station’s top requested song—a spot it would hold for the next six months.

It was only a matter of time before stations across the country caught wind of Imagine’s success and jumped on the bandwagon. With a little promotional help from Curb Records, the song continued to storm mainstream charts for much of 2003…

One of the stories he tells features a woman who’d decided to commit suicide by running her car off a bridge. As she prepared to press her foot to the pedal and prepared to meet her maker, Imagine began to play on the radio.

With Bart’s voice ringing in the background, she just couldn’t bring herself to do it.

There were no sighs of relief here, just a long string of expletives and a fit of rage. Incensed that Wild-FM would deal so catastrophically with her plans, this woman picked up her phone to give someone at the station a piece of her mind.

Try as she might, she just couldn’t get through. Apparently, the lines were jammed with countless others calling in to talk about how much they loved the song. So, she got back in the car, this time not to hurt herself, but whoever she could get her hands on at the station.

As she drove, the woman happened to see a billboard for a local Christian station. If she couldn’t find an ear to bend at Wild-FM, then at least she could unload her frustration on somebody in Christian music. So, she picked up her phone and dialed the number on the billboard.

When someone picked up on the other side, she was amazed to find herself listening more than she spoke. What she heard wasn’t at all what she was expecting. It was the Gospel, pure and simple—a message of hope for this woman who had none.

That’s when she gave her life to Jesus. By the time she reached Wild-FM, there was nothing left to say. She just got out of her car and hugged the first person she could find.

In more ways, than she could ever imagine, MercyMe’s song saved her life….””

I Can Only Imagine, Trailer

MercyMe – I Can Only Imagine (The Movie Session – Official Music Video)

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