Words & Music: Anna W. Waterman, 1920:

From a home with one bro­ther and one sis­ter, Charles Wa­ter­man’s urge was to see the coun­try. This took him to hitch­hik­ing on the rail­road to Cal­i­for­nia. He was in­flu­enced by the world­ly crowd and gave him­self to be­come an al­co­hol­ic. Ev­en as such, he worked his way up to become an en­gin­eer on the steam lo­co­mo­tive. He mar­ried Anna, who had a Christ­ian back­ground and did what she could to keep the tes­ti­mo­ny be­fore him.

Anna was dis­cour­aged at the path her hus­band fol­lowed be­cause it was caus­ing him to miss work on some of his hang­o­vers. So she asked a la­dy in her town in Cal­i­for­nia to meet with her and help her pray for Charles to be saved. His wild life went on for three or more years and one night he became fright­ened while un­der the in­flu­ence and when he fin­al­ly ar­rived at home, he told An­na he want­ed to be saved. She im­me­di­ate­ly called her friend who came over to their home and they led him to the Lord. He begged the Lord for for­give­ness and to clean up his life, which the Lord did.

The hap­pi­ness that fol­lowed caused An­na to write this song. A book with over 30 other songs was col­lect­ed and pub­lished.

They vis­it­ed in Lo­di, Fount­ain Coun­ty, In­di­a­na, and at the Bap­tist Church, la­ter named Wa­ter­man Bap­tist Church.

Come, ye sinners, lost and hopeless,
Jesus’ blood can make you free;
For He saved the worst among you,
When He saved a wretch like me.


And I know, yes, I know
Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean,
And I know, yes, I know
Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean.

To the faint He giveth power,
Through the mountains makes a way;
Findeth water in the desert,
Turns the night to golden day.


In temptation He is near thee,
Holds the pow’rs of hell at bay;
Guides you to the path of safety,
Gives you grace for ev’ry day.


He will keep thee while the ages
Roll throughout eternity;
Though earth hinders and hell rages,
All must work for good to thee.