Sunday, September 6, 2015

Eric Clapton’s conversion story

Eric Clapton & Luciano Pavarotti - Holy Mother (Live 1996) 

Eric Clapton was in rehab.

He had hit rock bottom. Here is what happened in his despair:
“I was in complete despair. In the privacy of my room, I begged for help. I had no notion who I thought I was talking to, I just knew that I had come to the end of my tether . . .  and, getting down on my knees, I surrendered. Within a few days I realized that . . . I had found a place to turn to, a place I’d always known was there but never really wanted, or needed, to believe in.

From that day until this, I have never failed to pray in the morning, on my knees, asking for help, and at night, to express gratitude for my life and, most of all, for my sobriety.”

The song, Holy Mother, flowed from his prayer. He performs it with the late opera tenor, Pavaratti. The lyrics follow:

Holy mother, where are you?
Tonight I feel broken in two
I’ve seen the stars fall from the sky
Holy mother, can’t keep from crying
Oh I need your help this time
Get me through this lonely night
Tell me please which way to turn
To find myself again

Holy mother, hear my prayer
Somehow I know you’re still there
Send me please some peace of mind
Take away this pain
I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait any longer
I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait for you
Holy mother, hear my cry

I’ve cursed your name a thousand times
I’ve felt the anger running through my soul
All I need is a hand to hold
Oh I feel the end has come
No longer my legs will run
You know I would rather be
In your arms tonight

When my hands no longer play
My voice is still, I fade away
Holy mother, then I’ll be

Lying in, safe within your arms

1 comment:

Jeff Bassett said...

Thanks Sven for the diverse and always relevant articles.
I just Googled Eric Clapton's song Tears in Heaven, the song he co-wrote with Will Jennings following the tragic death of his 4 year old son in 1991. From what I read the tragedy occurred after Clapton's road to sobriety/conversion, and he made the choice to stay the course as painful as his journey was.