Guest Post: Encore Series #4: Hide Me Behind the Cross
This is a guest post from NewSoGoFan.
Gold City fans will most likely recognize the song “Hide Me Behind the Cross” from their 1999 release Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. However, it seems that once Jay Parrack left the group, this song gradually fell out of their regular set. The only Youtube I’ve been able to find of the group doing the song is from a Gold City reunion, where Jay carried it as on the studio cut.
I personally think this is a shame, as the song is beautiful and certainly doesn’t deserve to fade into obscurity. For those who don’t know the song, it is a prayer that God would take our imperfections and clothe them with His righteousness, so that we are hidden in the brightness of His glory. The idea is clearly taken from what Paul says in Galatians about how we are crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live. And yet at the same time, it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives through and in us. “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Compare with the chorus of this song:
Hide me behind the cross,
Where my gains become as loss.
And only Your glory is in view.
Your power will be revealed
The more that I am concealed.
Hide me behind the cross
So the world sees only You.
The entire lyric is exceedingly thoughtful and well-crafted, full of truth and meaning. The music complements it perfectly.
It would be truly sad if this piece were to die with the singer who initially popularized it. Therefore, since Gold City appears to have retired it, I propose that it be brought back.
Who should do it? My suggestion might surprise some readers, but I think Signature Sound could take this song and give it a truly lovely treatment. As for the arrangement, I personally would love to hear Ernie Haase put his stamp on it, but some might argue that this would be too similar to the initial cut. So an alternative would be to start the song in a lower key and have Doug Anderson lead the first half of it. The combined strength and tenderness of his voice could communicate the lyric very convincingly. But after the first chorus, it might work to have a sudden key change several steps up (as opposed to the half-step key change in the Gold City cut) and hand over the lead to Ernie, who would then carry the second verse and chorus. This could be very powerful and would certainly raise the roof performed live.
Another excellent possibility would be the Mark Trammell Quartet. Since Mark is himself a former Gold City member, it would be very natural for him to begin incorporating the song into his group’s repertoire. However, their version would no doubt be very similar to the original… unless they gave it to Pat Barker, perhaps?
Hmmmm. Your thoughts?