Pass Me Not

Pass me not

The hymn Pass Me Not was 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 knew Crosby was a prolific hymn writer-all you have to do is thumb through a hymn book to see old favorites she wrote like: Blessed Assurance, I Am Thine O Lord, and Pass me Not.

I found an interesting page that listed Crosby’s songs as well as the many pseudonyms she wrote under.

As you might have guessed-I’m partial to Pap and Paul’s version of Pass Me Not. I especially like this video of them doing the song. 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; and I love that lovely harmony that sounds like a baby’s lullaby.

Hope you enjoyed the video too!


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    Jane ODell
    February 26, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    I love this song! What a great rendition of it. I wish we had videos of our family singing together, what great memories! Thank you for sharing this wonderful old song and the stories of Fanny J Crosby! I am so grateful for your work here, Tipper. Love from SC.

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    Glenda Beall
    June 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I love this video and the harmony is so pretty. Thanks for sharing it.
    It reminds me of my brothers singing when we were all young.

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    José Luis
    June 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hello dear friends!
    What a beautiful song, and it is this combination good voices of Paul and Pap, clap, clap, clap, (those are applause). A big hug to you and I remember loving the entire family, Jose Luis, from Argentina.

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    June 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Very special video today and
    thank you so much!

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    June 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This was just perfect for a rainy Sunday late afternoon. Such a beautiful family!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 9, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    What a prolific writer was Fanny Crosby, who, despite blindness was able to be such a witness through the words of her hymns! “Pass Me Not” is one of my favorites, too! As others who have commented, I enjoyed Pap, Paul and Ben playing and singing it! Thanks so much for sharing it on a beautiful Lord’s Day! And may God bless you every one!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    June 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    YEAH! Tipper, Jim has finally got our computer in a ‘working’ mode or is it mood? “Pass Me Not” was one of Mama’s favorite hymns. Thanks for making our Sunday extra special!
    Love, Eva Nell
    p.s. “Fiddler of the Mountains” is at the Publisher and hopefully receiving the finishing touch. September is the PUBLISHING DATE! That date seems so far away! But it is a good feeling to know SEPTEMBER IS A PERFECT TIME when we can celebrate down at CLAY’S CORNER with a great FIDDLE program and sell a few books! We will have to invite ETHELENE!

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    June 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    O my, see what my fumble-fingers have done to my nom de plume…..

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    ing towasrdHowland
    June 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    With a nod of understanding toward Tim Mc’s post;I grew up with the more stately hymns, the kinds that are full of “thees” and “thou arts” sung with a pipe organ as accompaniment. A few years later and with a change of venue, as it were, from upstate New York to West Virginia and East Kentucky, and the music praising God changed dramatically, at least they did in my eyes and ears, it took a little time to get used to it. Over the years I’ve grown to love the country and bluegrass gospel hymns more and more and the archaic European-based hymns are just a memory now, save for a few weeks ago when we visited the Mountain Woman’s daughter and grandbabies, who belong to a Mennonite church. They still sing the old songs, I prefer good ol’ gospel music such as I just listened to, above, and yes, the youngers want more contemporary music. This is to be expected as times change, I suppose. but hey, in a way it’s all the same no matter what the time, tempo or key, we’re praising/supplicating/communicating with our God so it’s all good, just that some of it is gooder than the rest of it according to our ears.

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    June 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Another great BP version of one of my favorite hymns. Very well done as usual!!

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    June 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Love this! Raised on these hymns. I particularly remember this being sung in church (1963) by Billy Oseola, Seminole Indian Chief, who was also a Baptist preacher. He was dressed in his full chief regalia with the eagle feathers railing down to his feet. Hallelujah!

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    Glynda P. Chambers
    June 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    One of my favorites, love the old hymns. The singing was beautiful. Also thanks for sharing the stories of how the song came to be. Enjoy the day with your family and know how much I really enjoy your writings and the music.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Usual great job by the guys this morning, but I do detect a bit of tinniness in the selection. It’s like something is missing. Hold it! Where’s the bass? Where’s the heartbeat? Where’s the thread that holds it all together? Where is the tie that binds? Ahhh! I see it now! Down in the lower right corner. But it’s not moving! It has an elbow resting on it. And off to the right, out of sight of the viewer, is an arm and a palm with a chin resting in it.
    Seriously, as good as Paul, Pap and Ben are, without the bass it always seems to be missing something.

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    Sue Crane
    June 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I like sharing good Sunday music with Pap, Paul and all the Blind Pig Gang — starts the day off on a good note (pardon the pun!).
    Have a Blessed Sunday.

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    June 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I grew up singing that song in our little country church. As a child,I knew when we sung it, we’d soon be going home to eat Mama’s good dinner ( it’s called lunch now). My tummy was usually rumbling long before the preacher said amen!

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    June 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    What a way to start Sunday! I love
    the old Worship Songs of Faith and
    it’s many blessings. Paul, Pap, and
    Ben really do Justice on that song!
    I especially like the history of
    most all the songs you all sing too.
    The video just makes it more complete. Thank you!…Ken

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    Nancy Wigmore
    June 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    God bless you Tipper and family with a beautiful day! What a wonderful way to begin this Sunday. Fanny Crosby was and her hymns are yet still an inspiration to many! Oh What a Savior…oh what Blessed Assurance we have in the finished work Christ did on Calvary. Prayerfully, Nancy

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    Ron Banks
    June 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Wonderful song and wonderfully done. I would love to hear Pap and Paul sing Blessed Assurance, one of my favorites!
    Thanks for the blessing this morning and may you be blessed as well.

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 9, 2013 at 8:07 am


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    Jane Bolden
    June 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Very pretty!! Tapping my toe to that one. Is that the nephew that goes to Yale? Nice way to start a Sunday morning.

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    Tim Mc
    June 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

    The old songs are very near and dear to me, a lot of Churches in our area are going away from the old songs.. It has caused a few to break up because the younger crowd wants the new modern to be the songs of worship( I think there is less conviction in a lot of the newer songs is why). This is one of my many favorites and as always very nicely done.. you all are a blessing… just keep what your doing and you’ll be blessed as well…

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