Question of the Week: Neil Enloe

Neil Enloe joined the Couriers fifty-five years ago. Though he has retired from the group twice since then, he is back on the road, still singing with the same tenor (Duane Nicholson) and bass/baritone (Dave Kyllonen) that he started with fifty-five years ago.

Today, Enloe is remembered and loved for his songs as much as his voice. So when I had the chance to ask him a question for this feature, the subject matter naturally turned to his songs:

Whether a classic or a song you only recorded once—If you could choose one song you’ve written for people to still know and sing a hundred years from now, which? And why?

Hmmmmmm.  That’s a tough one.  As with most of us, my needs change often and seem to be related to the mood I’m in at the time.

One of the top contenders for me would be a song I wrote in the the early 1970s, “Give Me Jesus.”

Take away my worldly gain; take my earthly fame.
Rob me of my choice possession, but give me Jesus.

I don’t need applause of man to meet my heart’s demand.
But I have this one confession; I do need Jesus.

There are so few things in life that really matter,
So I’ll pursue things in life that will last for time and eternity

Take away my worldly gain; take my earthly fame.
Rob me of my choice possession, but give me Jesus.

To me, this message goes well alongside the old favorite, “This World Is Not My Home, I’m Just A’Passin’ Through.”  The longer I live, the more I realize just how much I don’t belong here.  My ultimate destiny is to be in the presence of Jesus.  So I’m not putting down my taproot here, but rather in His Kingdom.

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  1. I love the song “Give Me Jesus”. I remember Jimmy Blackwood singing it in the early 1970s and the Melody Boys Quartet recorded it on one of their latest projects. Great lyrics, great music, and a wonderful message.

  2. “Give Me Jesus” was on the Melody Boys CD Destination Heaven, which was recorded just before I joined the group. It’s my favorite song on the whole CD. It was also the hardest! It was the one song that we never staged during my time with MBQ. But the melody, harmonies, and the message made it my favorite of all the recent MBQ songs, even if we never did sing it, lol.

    • I love the song, and your rendition. In fact, when he mentioned the lyric, it was the MBQ version that came to mind first.

  3. I had heard that the MBQ had recorded the song, but i’ve never heard their rendition.

    • I couldn’t find clips on YouTube or on their site. Let me see what I can do.

  4. Growing up as a kid in York, Pa. I was able to see the couriers many times when they first came to central Pa. I still remember the big concerts they had at Hershey and Harrisburg Farm Show Building. They brought in the best groups of the time back in the 60’s. What a joy it was to see them at NQC last year. Many groups of today owe them a lot for breaking the ground in the past.