Another Favorite Pickin and Grinnin Spot – Oh What a Savior


I’m sharing another favorite Pickin and Grinnin in the Kitchen Spot with you today.

“Oh What A Savior” was written by Marvin P. Dalton in 1948. I grew up singing the song in church, in fact it was among my very favorite songs to sing in the choir.

My friend, Sharon, and I shared a special bond when we were kids. We were in the same classroom at school and we went to the same church. Pap even helped her Daddy build their house.

Sharon and I liked singing more than preaching, as most kids do. We knew the page number to all our favorite songs and we’d anxiously wait to see if one was called out.

The song leader was Dennis McCoy and we loved to hear him sing “Oh What A Savior.” Dennis has a very strong voice and he could really sing out on the song. Till this day I can still hear him singing the line “Oh what a Savior Oh hallelujah” in my head.

“Oh What A Savior” is a wonderful song of praise. I love the lyrics and the tune for the same reason I did as a child.

The song is simultaneously melancholy and hopeful. Each verse starts with the down trodden and each chorus leads you to victory way up on the mountain.

I hope you enjoyed Pap and Paul’s version of the song.



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    Debbie Nixon
    April 5, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    We sing this song quite often in church and it’s one of many favorites for me. I love to hear the harmony in Pap’s and Paul’s voices.
    I wish I would have found y’alls music a lot sooner than I did. I guess it’s better late than never. Your music and songs are truly a blessing to me. Thanks for sharing a part of your lives with me.

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    June 2, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Love that….. so thankful for that, especially ”even me” …. 🙂

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      Eddie Ward
      July 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      So beautiful.

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    June 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    One of my favorites really enjoyed it.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    June 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Pap and Paul did such a good job on that song. I love it, too. I had a friend named Hilary Gibson who had a beautiful deep voice and I can still hear him in my mind singing a song that had this line “sown in weakness, raised in power ready to live in paradise, I’ll have a new body…” He has been with the Lord for several years now but that song still rings in my head.

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    betty stephenson
    June 2, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    beautiful song not heard much these days love it

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    betty stephenson
    June 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    totally awesome thank you for sharing it with us have a great week

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    Ken Roper
    June 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Me and Matt was talking about misbehaving in school, and we agreed that if our daddy got wind of this, we got another whooping when we got home. Usually it was a harder whooping this time with a limb that left whelks, so you’d remember not to do it again.

    One time when I was about 7 and Harold was about 9, we stole a 5 cent Devil’s Food Cake up at Big
    Fist’s Gulf station. He had a store on the inside, but me and Harold could just taste that thing. He
    crammed that thing in my coatpocket and we started back to the house with Daddy. (Several times we had drug Big Fist from the railroad tracks, where he had passed-out from drinking Liquor.) Daddy knew we were up to no good, cause we kept hanging back, hoping he’d go on so we could eat that Devil’s food cake. He stopped and waited for us, and when we got home, he found it. He went outside and cut a limb off an alder bush and we got the limb, then to make it worse, he gave Harold the money and made us take it to Big Fist the next day. Neither of us ever
    stole another thing. …Ken

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    Sanford McKinney
    June 2, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I loved the truth contained in the song and the harmony was great. Pap and Paul put it on the top shelf.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    June 2, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I have not heard this song before, but I enjoyed it.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 2, 2019 at 9:01 am

    That song pretty much says it all, don’t it?

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      June 2, 2019 at 9:41 pm


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    Ron Stephens
    June 2, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I don’t know about other folks but every now and then a hymn will pop into my mind that I have not heard in ages. Oftentimes I won’t be able to find it in any of our books. It reminds me of the song “I Can Hear Them Singing Over There.”

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      June 2, 2019 at 11:37 am

      It happens to me, too, particularly hymns from my childhood.

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    Gayle Larson
    June 2, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Love Sunday’s songs. Makes me love life a little more here in the mountains.

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    Don Tomlinson
    June 2, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Brings back fond memories this Sunday morning of my Mom. I can just hear her voice on those high notes when she’d solo on this song especially at revivals.

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    Bill Burnett
    June 2, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Thanks, I needed this! As usual Pap and Paul did a great job on a great song.

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    aw griff
    June 2, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Enjoyed. Love that song and they do a good job. At church we sing it just ever little bit.

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