Another Favorite Pickin & Grinnin Spot – Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior


Back in April, after the Blind Pig & The Acorn’s eleventh birthday, I started sharing my favorite “Pickin & Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spots.” After about three videos I got side-tracked by current Pickin & Grinnin’ Spots.

I’ve always loved the old hymn “Pass Me Not” written by Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915). I’ve read two different stories detailing how Crosby was inspired to write the song.

The first: Crosby was visiting a prison as part of a missionary group when she heard one of the prisoners cry out “Lord please don’t pass me by.”

The second: Crosby dreamt that the Lord was walking through her church touching people as he went, she began to pray the Lord would touch her and not pass her by.

I’m partial to Pap and Paul’s version of “Pass Me Not.”

We uploaded the video in January of 2010 and after all these years its still at the top of my favorites list.

I like how Paul reminds them he’s going to do a turn around instead of a break; I like how Pap calls out the first line of the verse to Paul so he remembers; I love the amazing harmony that sounds like a baby’s lullaby; and I think Pap’s tenor harmony on the words Savior, Savior on the last chorus is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard.


p.s. You can catch The Pressley Girls over the next few weeks at the following places:

TODAY – July 14, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. Festival on the Square – Hayesville NC

July 19, [email protected] 7:00 p.m. Historic Union County Courthouse – Blairsville GA

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. Vogel State Park Blairsville – GA

August 3, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. Mountain Dance and Folk Festival – Asheville NC

August 17, 2019 @ 2:10 p.m. Swain County Agriculture Fair – Bryson City NC

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    July 14, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Just Beautiful Tipper…….

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    Tom Deep
    July 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Just beautiful Tipper, love to hear Pap singing.

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    betty stephenson
    July 14, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    thanks for the beautiful hymn such beautiful harmony have a great week

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    July 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    This is a hymn from my childhood. I still remember the first verse and the chorus. Beautiful singing.

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    July 14, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Tipper, I heard that song many years ago and thought isn’t that the way we all feel. For some reason, i can’t get sound on even though it shows it is on. When ever I get it figured out I will listen to it. I love to hear Pap and Paul sing together.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 14, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful, Pap’s voice is so sweet I could cry!

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    July 14, 2019 at 11:30 am

    That was really good, they do such a good job with their harmony, the person in this song as you hear the words of desperation, should shake a heart of anyone who is willing to listen.

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    Ken Roper
    July 14, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the Lesson on who wrote “Pass Me not O Gentle Savior.” I love the way Pap tells Paul the next line, too. Ben has Mastered the Guitar beautifully. I bet Steve and his wife are so proud of Ben and Mark, their sister April (the other Princess) also. Kinda reminds me of my own two girls, Lauralea and Jennifer Rhiannon. I fed her her first bottle, them black eyes just staring at her daddy, while her Mama was recovering. …Ken

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    Carolyn Anderson
    July 14, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Love the Harmony.

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    Sherry Whitaker
    July 14, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Oh I love that hymn & so beautifully done. Starts off my Sunday with a heart full of gratitude to our wonderful Lord Jesus. When I was a senior in high school, we had a special speaker at our church one Sunday. He was Chief Billy Cypress of the Seminoles in his full outfit. His headress was beautiful feathers & beads that fell all the way to the floor down his back. He preached and then lifted his face to heaven and sung that hymn. I will never forget it. Precious memory…

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    July 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I like everything about that song. Pap’s wonderful voice makes it even better.

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    aw griff
    July 14, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Enjoyed! Always been one of my favorites too. One of those heart felt songs. There is no doubt the Lord didn’t pass Fanny Crosby by.

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    Joe Mode
    July 14, 2019 at 8:12 am

    This is another one of my favorite gospel hymns to sing. I have a CD by Stoneybrook I believe and they do a great job., bought it at Cracker Barrel.

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    Ron Stephens
    July 14, 2019 at 8:11 am

    This song reminds me of two Bible events. One is when Jesus walked on the water and “made as if he would pass them by” until they called out to him. The other is about blind Bartemaus who cried out to Jesus as he was passing by and would not hush until Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought.

    The line that says “while on others thou art calling, do not pass me by” is so heart rending. We are each just one among a great multitude with pressing needs. But our heart cry is, ‘Please don’t leave me out.’

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    July 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Paul’s pickin’ is pretty sweet also, as always. Love the pickin’ and grinnin’ Sundays and hearing their harmony on the old hymns.

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