Rick Lee James - Be My All - Music Video World Premiere

Written by Randy Cox & Rick Lee James

My dear friend, Randy Cox, sent me the initial lyrics to this song in an email when my grandmother was dying in a hospital in Anderson Indiana. As my grandmother slowly slipped away, in between being at her bedside, praying with her, and singing songs of the faith that would ultimately usher her into heaven, I would sneak away to the hospital chapel to create a song out of Randy‘s initial lyrics, adding a few of my own.

Almost all of the phrases are his lyrically, with only a few exceptions where I changed them to fit the melody. It’s one of my favorite songwriting collaborations and I was privileged to be able to sing it at my grandmothers funeral.

My prayer is that this song will be a comfort to many in the time of Covid when we can’t be as near to each other as we would like. I also hope it will be a help as we try to reach out to each other across so many cultural divides.

A note about the making of the video

I had nothing to do with it. I asked a person outside of my faith, outside of my circle of close relationships, and outside of my familiar worldview to bring their own interpretation to the making of this video. What she did with it floored me.

Thank you for watching it. Thank you for singing it. Thank you for sharing it with others.

—Rick Lee James


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LYRICS

Verse 1
Be my strength
When I'm too burdened
Be my voice
When I can't speak
Be my light
When night is my morning
Be my sight when I can't see

Pre-Chorus
Be my food
When hunger overwhelms me
Be my mind
When my thoughts fail

Chorus
Be my arms
When I cannot reach
Be my song
When I cannot sing
Be my comfort
In my grief or pain
Be my all

Verse 2
Be my will
When I'm unwilling
Be the road
At my dead end
Be my watchman
In the darkness
When I'm friendless
Be my friend

Pre-Chorus
Be my freedom
When I'm locked in chains
Be the Voice
Speaking in my dreams

Chorus
Be my arms
When I cannot reach
Be my song
When I cannot sing
Be my comfort
In my grief or pain
Be my all

Bridge
Be my heart
Be my provider
You Be the potter
I'll be the clay

Chorus
Be my arms
When I cannot reach
Be my song
When I cannot sing
Be my comfort
In my grief or pain
Be my all
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