I’ve always thought this was kind of a schmaltzy tune, of the genre younger evangelicals call “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend.”
I mean, we all love Elvis, but some of us spiritually shy folks want to avert our eyes.
Well, according to the author, C. Austin Miles, it’s supposed to be like that — sweet, soft and sentimental, a caress when you’re feeling low.
Now, Mahalia Jackson puts some muscle and dignity into it:
But the version that I most wanted to show you, that redeems this song for me and turns it into a gorgeous gospel party, is not to be found online. It is “In the Garden” by the Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama, on their album “The Sermon.”