"Hymn" as written by Christopher Thomas Allen, Warren Reginald Cann, William Currie and Midge Ure....
Give us this day all that you showed me
The power and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give us this day all that you showed me
The power and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give me all the storybook told me
The faith and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

And they said that in our time
All that's good will fall from grace
Even saints would turn their face in our time
And they told us that in our days
Different words said in different ways
Have other meanings from he who says in out time

Give us this day all that you showed me
The power and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give me all the storybook told me
The faith and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

And they said that in our time we would reap from their legacy
We would learn from what they had seen in our time
And they told us that in our days
We would know what was high on high
We would follow and not defy in our time

Give us this day all that you showed me
The faith and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Faithless in faith
We must behold the things we see

Give us this day all that you showed me
The faith and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give us this day all that you showed me
The power and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give me all the storybook told me
The faith and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes

Give us this day all that you showed me
The power and the glory
'Til my kingdom comes


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"Hymn" as written by Richard Melville Hall

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  • +1
    General CommentOne of the 10 best Ultravox songs
    ManOfTwoWorldson February 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI've always connected this with the AntiChrist, but that's probably because it came out about the same time as Omen III ... The video seems to go that way too. Ultravox are epic.
    Lmac1970on October 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationMidge Ure has several songs in which he internal debates the truth and value of religion. I believe this is one of the earlier ones. To me, he seems to want to believe in the God and the Bible he might have been raised with, but due to growing up and seeing the world as it is, he cannot reconcile. This is the most common reason for persons loosing their faith.
    jayintheukon September 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe rhythm of this song is just epic, another hymn from the new romantic era, the lyrics are about religion and introspection, mainly talking about the coming of a new era while reviewing the things we did, first I heard this song I totally identified with this music.
    PeluCrespinson May 22, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery abstract about power and had a dramatic feel about it. One of their best songs imho.
    Musiklovaon April 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningUre gives Biblical reverence by incorporating a portion of The Lord's Prayer repeatedly in the lyrics, while also referring to "the storybook". This moniker can only have two diametrical origins; Either latent childhood memories, or derision. Though I have not perused the full Ultravox library, I have yet to find even mild condemnation of religion in their lyrics and so, would conclude that the reference is not derisive.
    More than that; Ure's life work shows respect for individual beliefs. He almost certainly would have had early religious schooling, and, he lives in Bath which is 70% Christian.
    The lyrical expression in Hymn is almost certainly for God to bring His promise.
    Hear2earon December 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentIts about Revelations and how the end time is now as the devil is bribing people with money and fame to turn away from their religion to worship him through music and follow him into hell when God's kingdom on earth comes. I believe its autobiographical and gives an insight into the music business and the way they literally have to sign their soul over to the devil for finance and promotion ( see the video for validation). It's a warning and a lament
    Truthpurveyeron June 10, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFavourite synth band, they don't sound like anyone else.

    I love how they have a rock-edge in all their songs...like in the middle bit of this one. Very exciting.
    mirandajuneon August 11, 2008   Link

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