“Only In Your Presence” is a slow ballad done in a Renaissance style, in 4/4 time signature, and in the key of E minor (original key G minor). The melody is not suited for choral or congregational singing at all, therefore it could be used by a soloist as a reflection song or devotional.
Download links for music sheet below…
ORIGINAL KEY: G minor
Chord Sheet in Lower Key (E Minor)
Story Behind the Song:
In 1991, I borrowed a bunch of classical tapes from friends which contained 14th century ballads and Renaissance songs done on lutes. I soaked in the music for a long time before coming up with the melody for this. And the melody truly did come first. The chords I tried to fit to the melody in my head. This song was basically composed on the piano. The words came last, borne out of a love for St. Augustine’s quote: “Restless is the heart until it comes to rest in you, O Lord.”
If you notice, the original music piece was done in G minor — a pitch I can no longer reach — so for recording this updated version, I lowered it to E minor and simplified the chords enough to be played on guitar.
The melody (and yes, even the harmony line) is quite difficult. (So difficult, I can’t even sing it properly.) Thus this song is not suited for choral or congregational singing at all, but could be used by a soloist or a vocal duet as a reflection song or a devotional song on themes such as yearning for God, repentance, finding peace in God, conversion, and the season of Lent.