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I Need Thee Every Hour

About the Song
Text by Annie S. Hawkes; Music by Robert Lowry; Arranged by Sally DeFord Accompaniment includes optional violin. The violin obbligato included in the solo score is slightly different from the one used in the SATB.
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Accompaniment track:

Violin solo by Sara Noel Bauman:

Get the sheet music for this arrangement here: https://saranoelbauman.com/store.php
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I need thee every hour, most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine can peace afford
I need thee, oh, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now, my Savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour, stay thou nearby
Temptations lose their power when thou art nigh
I need thee, oh, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now, my Savior I come to thee

I need thee every hour, in joy or pain
Come quickly and abide or life is vain

I need thee every hour, most Holy One
Oh make me thine indeed, thou blessed Son
I need thee, oh, I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now, my Savior I come to thee

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  1. Branckly Egbert Picanussa

    Hi Sally,
    I am Branckly from Indonesia.

    All of your arrangements so beautiful, artistic, blessing, and touchable.

    For this song, I am asking your permission to use it in my class as part of an example for a hymn accompaniment arrangement.

    • Sally DeFord

      Thank you! You are welcome to use this arrangement in your class. 🙂

      • Branckly Egbert Picanussa

        Thank you so much.

        GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. Dian Alicia

    Hi Sally,
    I’m Dian from Indonesia.
    I love your arrangement for this song. It’s been a blessing for me.
    I am asking your permission to use it as an accompaniment as we include it in a hymn background podcast.

    • Sally DeFord

      Absolutely fine!

  3. Ricky Bloomfield

    FYI, I was asked to play a special musical number during our shelter in place. Because Zoom audio quality can suffer with computer mics I decided to record it and play it along with some images of the Savior. I uploaded the result to YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKVrozCQYFQ

    Thanks so much for your beautiful arrangements!

    • Sally DeFord

      Ricky, this is gorgeous!

  4. Hannah

    Would love to have a clarinet b flat accompaniment instead of violin.

    • Ricky

      FYI, for a Bb instrument you can read the violin part just one whole step up (it’s a good skill for a Bb instrument player)! Alternatively, Sally has provided instructions for transposing the music using the *.pc files she has included here: https://defordmusic.com/transposing-using-personal-composer/

  5. Kristin Williams

    Dear Sally,
    Over the years several choirs I have directed have enjoyed singing your beautiful arrangements. Most recently we sang, “I Stand All Amazed” with the flute obbligato at our Dover, DE stake conference . It was so uplifting, and we received many comments of how much the music added to the spirituality of the conference. We are thankful for your willingness to share your music and talents to make a difference all over the world. Thank you! Thank you! Another very interesting part of this story was that one of your former piano students, Lani Smith Surdukowski accompanied us. When I announced my musical selection, she immediately volunteered to play, and she did an excellent job. You taught her well!

    • sallydeford

      Lani is kinda amazing, isn’t she? <3

  6. craig kaelin

    What a blessing you are, and so much work and talent to share with the whole church, and many others, you are totally consecrated. Bless you.

  7. Christine Nelson

    Dear Sally,
    I am so grateful for this beautiful music that you share with others. I am using your arrangement of “I need Thee Every Hour”
    with violin as an option. I play the violin and needed a beautiful accompaniment to play for a dear friend for her funeral. I
    loved your arrangement and it was simple enough to allow the Spirit to flow and touch my heart and i know it will touch others too. I just was so touched that you would create these arrangements and offer them to us to use and bless others lives. Your music has affected me deeply and i just wanted to thank you for your selfless sharing of your gift. Gratefully, Christine Nelson

  8. Julie

    I accompanied a soloist this morning in church who sang your arrangement of this hymn. This is truly beautiful, and several people in the congregation commented to me afterward about how much this arrangement touched their hearts.

  9. michelle Lalor

    Hi , is the recording of Heather prusse singing this song still available?

  10. Eva Hooper

    Question? Is there an accompaniment track in the SATB key G to Bb… I just want to practice the violin part in the right key SATB..
    Thanks, Eva Hooper
    p.s. Thanks you for all the beautiful arrangements!!!!!

  11. Texas

    Yes I do………………………….

  12. Emily Welchman

    Is there any way to get Sara Noel Bauman’s violin solo version in sheet music form for this song?

    • sallydeford

      Yes! You can purchase the arrangements here: https://saranoelbauman.com/store.php

  13. Mike Astill

    I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you. I can’t count how many times your music and arrangements have blessed my life. Our little choir just starting practicing this beautiful arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour”, and when I checked to see who arranged this hymn so beautifully, I was not suprised at all to see it was another Sally DeFord piece. I feel compelled today to sit down and personally express to you my feelings of gratitude.

    Thank you.

    God bless you and your family.


    Mike Astill
    West Jordan, Utah


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