He and his brothers and sisters were singing in church out of hymnals when he had the chance to hear the Speer family, a well known gospel singing group. That night, he says he fell in love with the Southern gospel sound. The big groups started letting the Hinsons open up concerts for them when they came to California. The groups had to politely ask them not to so that they could sell some of their own music to be able to pay for their travel out west. Nothing was working and it was around 2 a.
Years ago, I played piano from the sheet music for this song, as performed by the Florida Boys. Though the paper has long since yellowed, and also faded away, thank God that the Lighthouse still stands on that yonder hill, today! I actually got to sing this song with Ronnie Hinson. He came to our church in Mississippi. Came down the isle as second verse was to begin and gave me the microphone. We finished the duet together. Awesome treat for me.
Oh what a happy time that's sure to be Jesus is a-comin' back to me I hear Him callin' me away From this world forever to stay And when I take my Savior's hand In that blessed Promised Land I'll shout and sing through the endless ages What a happy day. My dear Jesus I need you by my side everyday I cannot travel on this way alone I'll confess that I tried by myself to no avail Without you I fear I have failed My Jesus, my Jesus Hold to my hand For no longer, alone can I stand I'll confess that I trusted in myself much too long My Jesus won't you lead me safely home. Self sufficient in all things had been my philosophy I know now that this could never be My mere deeds at their best could be counted not but lost Now I must go in through the cross. We lost our four big chances Calvary Dallas Memphis L. In two thousand years, four chances A cross and a gun stole them away. A man called John loved by everyone Who's smile was as bright as his dream And his brother Bob together with God Planned a beautiful scene. They stood hand in hand with a noble black man Whose voice made your heart want to sing They taught brotherhood that this world understood The Irish, a Jew, and a black man called King. Then hate with a tail climbed from out of hell With a forked tongue spoke from a tree The Jew died for sin, the black man for skin The Irish, they died for liberty At Calvary, Dallas, Memphis, L.
There's a lighthouse on the hillside that overlooks life's sea. When I'm tossed it sends out a light that I might see. And the light that shines in darkness now will safely lead me home, If it wasn't for the lighthouse, my ship would sail no more. Jesus is The Lighthouse and from the rocks of sin, He has shown the light around me, so that I might clearly see. If it wasn't for The Lighthouse, Where would this ship be? Everyone that lives around us, says tear that old lighthouse down, The big ships don't sail this way anymore, ain't no use in it standing round.