This song was written by Bruce Carroll, Kevin Thomas and Mickey Hiter; it was recorded by Bruce Carroll… included on his album, Richest Man In Town.
Bruce Allen Carroll (born December 5, 1953), is an American CCM singer and multi-Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist.
Carroll first began performing in a trio with his siblings at age 12; he played folk music in various venues in and around Texas in the 1970s. In 1979 he became a born-again Christian and eventually moved to Nashville. Signing with Word Records, Carroll became a successful Christian music singer, releasing several albums which sold well in the genre and winning seven Dove Awards. Two of his albums won Grammy Awards for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
I first heard Bruce Carroll while in Seminary.
This song imagines different occasions in the life of Jesus… that might have been tracked according to the driving nails Mary might have heard throughout His life.
Bible Reference… Luke 2:19,39-52; 23:26-43
Since that blessed night in a manger, she watched her baby grow;
it seems like yesterday He was in her arms… where did the time go?
He learned His Father’s trade as she marveled at it all.
The sweat dropped from her little Carpenter as He made the timbers fall.
She can hear the driving nails up on the hillside,
and she prays that His spirit will not fail.
She watches as a young man undertakes His Father’s will,
as she stands and listens to the driving nails.
In the streets of Jerusalem a child can disappear;
she was frantic as she looked for Him, until she began to hear
the hammers up at the temple. She called Him as she ran;
surprised she found Him teaching like no ordinary man. (CHORUS)
Darkness covered all the land in the middle of the day.
She began to tremble as the earth began to quake.
Hammers, nails & timbers of the carpenters trade
made the sound that pierced her soul as the Cross was being raised. (CHORUS)