Appalachia Music

He Whispers Sweet Peace To Me

Appalachian language

On August 24, 1872 Will R. Ramsey was born in Texas. During Ramsey’s early childhood, his family relocated to Arkansas. Once Ramsey was old enough, he was musically trained and eventually became the owner of Central Music Company. Ramsey is a noted songwriter and published song books for close to 30 years.

The most famous song penned by Ramsey is He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me. I grew up singing the song in church. While as a child I typically liked the more upbeat songs, there was always something about He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me that I loved. I suppose the words made me feel comforted then-just as they do now.

We recently videoed our version of the song-check it out.

I hope you enjoyed the song. Whether sitting by a gurgling creek, walking through golden lit woods, or sitting on a damp bank in a deep dark holler-I always feel a sense of peace when I’m in the great outdoors.


*Source: GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame

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    Roy Pipes
    June 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

    A beautiful song – well sung.
    As they (Pap & Paul) sang I thought about the many times Jesus whispered Sweet Peace to me.
    Thank you.

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    February 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    It’s lovely that this song is bringing back forgotten memories to so many of your readers, Tipper!
    And of course I am with you 100% on the necessity of being surrounded by nature to sooth and nurture the soul.
    (Even if nature here often includes a dog who seeks out every mudhole or a gang of young goats each trying to push a nose into my jacket pocket.)

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    February 2, 2015 at 1:38 am

    When I lived at Jacksonville Beach, FL, I’d often travel up the road a piece to Fernandina Beach. It was desolate then (not like now at all), and it was so peaceful to sit there in the sand, watching and listening to every wave, the breeze helping to make any worry seem so insignificant when compared to the greatness of GOD and HIS creation for us.
    Now I find that same peace here at home in the country. It’s so quiet and peaceful here, one can hear their own heart beat in unison, a part of the rest of GOD’s creation.
    God bless.

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    Louise Baker
    February 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Love the Presley girls harmony clear as a bell resonates hope and cheer. Just love!

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    b. Ruth
    February 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    My heart jumped when I saw the word ‘whispers’ at the beginning of this post. Well, the song wasn’t the one I had been looking for you all to sing…but it now is one of my favorite hymns that Pap and Paul sing. I loved it!
    I will still be looking for you all to sing “Whispering Hope” by
    Septimus Winner pseudonym Alice Hawthorne of the Hawthorne Ballads some fine day when you get together…The song was based on Hebrews 6:19, 1 Thessalonians and Hebrews 12:1…It also is a song with lots of history…written in 1868…My aunt used to make me or ask me to sing it several times during my visit to Canton…She loved it…
    I am sure she would have loved this rendition of “He Whispers Sweet Peace To Me” as well. I know I did!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Kerry in GA
    February 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Lovely. 🙂

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    February 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    This is the first time I’ve heard this sing; thank you!
    Pap’s outdone hisself on that one..

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    February 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

    HI Tipper,I have truely been Blessed this morning,Thank you ALL.God Bless

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    Ed Ammons
    February 1, 2015 at 10:53 am

    My father used to sing this beautiful old song. The Blind Pig Gang’s version is a delight to the ears, especially the bass, the heartbeat of the song.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    February 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Wonderful memories – as that was one of my mother’s favorite songs! Thanks Tipper.
    Now that Ethelene has probably made me ask “WHAT ABOUT Mr. James Phillips?” as that town of Blue Ridge was more than a days ride in a horse drawn wagon. We never went there!
    Eva Nell

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    February 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

    So soothing! I enjoyed this for a Sunday morning, when life needs a bit of relaxation. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

    That’s one of my favorite songs we sung just about the time I became a teenager. Some of my brothers had moved out to find work in the city,
    while others went off to fight in
    the war. But mama taught me how to sing lead and she sung Alto. We did the Fox and Hound style, kinda like the Chuck Wagon Sang. And I can remember daddy behind the old wood stove, ever once in awhile he’d hollar A Man…Ken

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    Gayle Larson
    February 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Great job on Whispers Sweet Peace To Me.
    I haven’t heard that song for years. I had forgotten about it.
    Thanks for the memories.

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    Ann Applegarth
    February 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Beautiful! I hadn’t heard that hymn before, but I certainly will remember it.

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    Mike McLain
    February 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

    That song was not familiar to me, but I really enjoyed it, especially Pap’s tenor harmony.

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    Judy Mincey
    February 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

    That is one of my favorites, also. Pap has that treble harmony Nailed! Great start to a Sunday morning. Thanks for the story and the sweet music.

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    February 1, 2015 at 7:34 am

    That is a comforting old song, and well done I might add,, the words to that song ( in my life ) have been tried and hold to be true.. Songs that you can have a connection to hold a special place in your heart and this is one of them.. Thanks for sharing..

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 1, 2015 at 7:18 am

    It has been a long time since I’ve heard Ramsey’s “He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me.” I heard it at “Singing School’ first–taught by either Mr. Frank Dyer or Rev. Jim Hood. And then it was sung at the annual “Singing Convention” held at the ccourt house in Blairsville with a “packed house” much as the Friday night music nights are now at the restored court house. Good memories of my childhood. Thanks to Pap and Paul for playing and singing (and you, Tipper, for recording and posting) this good song out of our past! Have a blessed day! (“Have a blessed day!” has become the word on many, many lips since the incident at Blue Ridge Walmart with greeter James Phillips. I hope everyone has read [or heard on TV news] about his story!)

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    Miss Cindy
    February 1, 2015 at 7:16 am

    I know what you mean , Tip. There is something peaceful when I get nearer the earth, sweet peace!

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