This song was written and recorded by Dallas Holm, and was included on his “Live” album.
Many refer to Dallas Holm as a pioneer – or forerunner – in Contemporary Christian Music. Holm became a Christian in 1965, and his life was radically and eternally transformed. His music became the means whereby he could express the dynamics of that transformation and share the reality of Christ with others.
Dallas has earned his influence in today’s Christian music throughout more than 45 years of writing, singing and ministry in some 4,000 concerts in every state in the USA as well as many countries abroad. His 38 recordings have garnered gold records, multiple Dove awards, Grammy nominations, number one songs, and countless accolades. During his travels, Dallas also speaks and teaches what God has taught him in his journey.
Holm’s creativity and diversity offer everything from inspirational to blues, from country to reggae. Whatever the style, it all points to Christ and the Cross. Songs like Rise Again, I Saw the Lord, Here We Are, and hundreds of others, remind us that it’s all about Jesus. Holm’s songs focus on the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and His desire for intimate relationship with us.
During an interview with Dallas, he shared the story behind the writing of “Rise Again.” Following, in his own words, is his story:
“While traveling with Evangelist David Wilkerson, I decided to form a praise band. I realized that I would need to write some new material. I knew that the music should be different from the things I had often written. I had a disciplined approach to songwriting, and have written some of my better songs in that frame of mind. But this particular day I couldn’t come up with a single idea.”
“I began to pray, which I should have done in the first place, and in the course of my praying I remember saying, ‘Lord, if You were singing, what would You sing?’ That thought really stuck in my mind. I didn’t know if I had ever heard a song from a first-person point of view. As hokey as it may sound, I had this mental image of the Lord, dressed as we often picture him in our minds, standing on a street corner with a guitar, singing. It was as if you could translate Jesus into modern times, with singing as His form of communication. What would He sing?”
“As soon as I focused in on that approach to my task, I began to write as if I were taking dictation. I wrote the music and the words in about 10 minutes — no changes. I titled it ‘Rise Again.’”
“As I finished, I looked at the song and realized that this didn’t come out of my head. I have often said that God wrote the song, and I only delivered the message. That describes the way I feel about the experience.”
This song was the first I’d heard from Dallas Holm…
Bible Reference… Matthew 27:61—28:3; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24; John 20.
Go ahead… drive the nails in My hands;
laugh at Me, where you stand.
Go ahead, and say it isn’t Me;
the day will come, when you will see.
‘Cause I’ll rise, again;
ain’t no power on earth can tie Me down.
Yes, I’ll rise, again;
death can’t keep Me in the ground.
Go ahead, and mock My name;
My love for you is still the same.
Go ahead, and bury Me,
but very soon, I will be free. (CHORUS)
Go ahead, and say I’m dead and gone,
but you will see that you were wrong.
Go ahead, try to hide the Son;
but all will see that I’m the One.
‘Cause I’ll come again;
ain’t no power on earth can keep Me back.
Yes, I’ll come again,
come to take My people back.