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Throw Out the Lifeline

This song is by Ella Fitzgerald and appears on the album Brighten the Corner (1967).

Throw out the life line across the dark wave
There is a brother whom someone should save
Somebody's brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line
Someone is drifting away
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line
Someone is sinking today

Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! away, then away

Throw out the life line to danger fraught men
Sinking in anguish where you've never been
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow

Soon will the season of rescue be o'er
Soon will they drift to eternity's shore
Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay
But throw out the life line and save them today

This is the life line, oh, tempest tossed men
Baffled by waves of temptation and sin
Wild winds of passion, your strength cannot brave
But Jesus is mighty, and Jesus can save

Jesus is able! To you who are driv'n
Farther and farther from God and from Heav'n
Helpless and hopeless, o'erwhelmed by the wave
We throw out the life line, 'tis 'Jesus can save'

This is the life line, oh, grasp it today
See, you are recklessly drifting away
Voices in warning, shout over the wave
O grasp the strong life line, for Jesus can save

Credits

Written by:

Robert Lee Black; Grace Price

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