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Crying in the Chapel – Elvis Presley – 1967

About The Song

“Crying in the Chapel” is a heartfelt gospel ballad by Elvis Presley that captures the emotional depth of spiritual reflection. Released in 1965, the song features Presley’s soulful vocals, conveying a sense of vulnerability and longing, as he explores themes of faith, redemption, and solace.


  1. Original Recording Date: Elvis Presley originally recorded “Crying in the Chapel” in 1960 during his time with RCA Victor. However, it wasn’t released until 1965 due to contractual obligations with his previous label, allowing the song to be released after the expiration of the agreement.
  2. Chart Success: “Crying in the Chapel” became one of Elvis’s most successful gospel songs. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, marking a rare achievement for a gospel track on the mainstream pop charts.
  3. Gospel Roots: The song is a testament to Elvis Presley’s deep connection with gospel music. Raised in the Southern gospel tradition, Presley often returned to his roots, recording and performing gospel songs throughout his career.
  4. Return to Gospel: Elvis’s interest in gospel music intensified in the mid-1960s, leading to the recording and release of several gospel albums, including “How Great Thou Art” and “He Touched Me.” “Crying in the Chapel” was a notable inclusion in this phase of his career.
  5. Cover Versions: “Crying in the Chapel” has been covered by numerous artists across various genres. The song’s enduring appeal lies in its universal themes and Presley’s soulful rendition, making it a classic in both the gospel and pop music realms.



You saw me crying in the chapel.
The tears I shed were tears of joy
I know the meaning of contentment
Now I am happy with the Lord

Just a plain and simple chapel
Where humble people go to pray
I pray the Lord that I’ll grow stronger
As I live from day to day

I’ve searched and I’ve searched
But I couldn’t find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Now I’m happy in the chapel
Where people are of one accord
One accord
Yes, we gather in the chapel
Just to sing and praise the Lord

You’ll search and you’ll search
But you’ll never find
No way on earth
To gain peace of mind

Take your troubles to the chapel
Get down on your knees and pray
Then your burdens will be lighter
And you’ll surely find the way