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Touch of the Master's Hand

This song is by Tex Ritter and appears on the album Just Beyond the Moon (1967).

'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Though it hardly worth his while
To waste much time with the old violin
But held it up with a smile
What am I bidden, good folks, he cried
Who'll start the bidding for me
A dollar, a dollar, come, who'll make it two
Two dollars, now who'll make it three?

Three dollars once and three dollars twice
And going for three, but no
From the back of the room a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow
And wiping the dust from the old violin
Tuning up the loose strings
He played a melody pure and sweet
Sweet as a carolling angel sing

The music stopped, the auctioneer
In a voice that was quiet and low
Said, What am I bid for the old violin
And he held it up with the bow
A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two
Two thousand, and who'll make it three
Three thousand once and three thousand twice
And going and gone, said he

Some people cheered, and some of them cried
We do not understand
What changed its' worth, then someone replied:
"The touch of the master's hand"
So many a man with life out of tune
And battered and scarred with sin
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
Much like the old violin

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine
A game and he travels on
He's going once and going twice
He's going and almost gone
But then the master comes and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that's wrought
By the touch of the master's hand

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