Monday, March 19, 2012

"A Living Prayer" sung by Alfie Boe

Captain's Log, Stardate 03.19.2012

I watched the 25th anniversary Les Miserables DVD a few days ago, and ever since then I’ve become a total fangirl for the singer who played Valjean, Alfie Boe. His voice is FLIPPIN’ AMAZING. Don’t believe me? Watch this:

I was literally gasping after watching him sing “Bring Him Home.”

So I bought Alfie’s CD You’ll Never Walk Alone and also Bring Him Home. (His new album, Alfie, will release in June in the US, although I ordered a copy from the UK (here, in case you’re interested) because it has one song on it that isn’t on the US version— “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” with Michael Ball. In the US version, it’s sung with Nick Jonas, who while cuter, does not have as amazing a voice as Michael Ball.)

I thought I’d listen to Bring Him Home more since it’s got mostly musical theater songs, but since I’ve been on deadline, I’ve found myself listening more to You’ll Never Walk Alone, which has a lot of opera songs in languages I don’t understand, which makes it perfect background music when I’m working.

But there are a few English songs on You’ll Never Walk Alone, and one of them has become one of my favorite songs, “A Living Prayer.” The original was sung by Allison Kraus as an acoustic version, but I’m finding I like Alfie’s orchestrated version better. It just seems more powerful and full of the awe of God. Plus listening to him hit the high notes is simply divine.

I can’t embed the video, but here’s the link and here are the lyrics. I hope you like it as much as I do!

"A Living Prayer"

In this world I walk alone with no place to call my home
But there's One who holds my hand
The rugged road through barren lands
The way is dark, the road is steep
But He's become my eyes to see
The strength to climb, my griefs to bear
This Savior lives inside me there

In Your love I find release
A haven from my unbelief
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer my God to thee

In these trials of life I find
Another Voice inside my mind
He comforts me and bids me live
Inside the love the Father gives

In your love I find release
A haven from my unbelief
Take my life and let me be
A living prayer my God to thee
take my life and let me be
A living prayer my God to thee


  1. Les Miz is awesome! I like the 10th anniversary edition best. But the 25th was good too. That is an great song.

  2. I never saw the 10th anniversary edition, although I listened to it on CD. It was neat to hear Lea Salonga play Eponine!

  3. You have to see the 10 anniversary edition. I love Lea Salongia as Eponine. So emotional.

    I think my favorite Valjean song is the one where he says something like " How will I face my fellow man again, How will I face myself again" It really highlights his internal struggle.

  4. Oooh, yes, "Who Am I"! I love that song.