I remember he was a slave ship Captain that changed his ways, but beyond that I do know the facts around him.
But Snopes says the storm and immediate repent is false. http://www.snopes.com/religion/amazing.asp
I just love that song. Bagpipes of it especially just send shivers done my spine. Maybe because often it is played at LEOs or firefighters funerals when a person has given the life up being of service to others. I found this if you like pipes. http://www.af.mil/library/band/bagpipes.asp
In todays world, I look at it as we can choose once again. We all make mistakes in life, judgements about ourselves, or of others, and such. We can choose new values for ourselves. So it holds plenty of weight in present day too, not just 200 years ago. I have found that many people who have had a spritual/religous awakening seem to really relate to the song.
There are various versions, but this is the more common lyrics from what I could tell.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that Grace appear,
The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
We have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And Grace will lead me home. (Lead me home!)
The Lord hast promised good to me,
His word my hope secures!
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this heart and flesh shall fail
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be for ever mine.
Many hymnbooks omit one or more of the last three verses, but add the following at the end:
When we've been here ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.
This verse is not by Newton, but has been attributed to John P. Rees (1828-1900) and was included in a 19th-century hymnal, Hymns Of The Christian Life. The verse was popularized in part by its inclusion in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), where it appeared with the two final verses of Newton's hymn (though in reversed order). These verses are said to be "a hymn, which he [Tom] had sung often in happier days."
Some versions include the verse:
Shall I be wafted through the skies,
On flowery beds of ease,
Where others strive to win the prize,
And sail through bloody seas.
OK admitt it, how many sung the lyrics to themselves as they read them?