Joe King - Next To You

Wednesday 1st February 1995
Joe King - Next To You
Joe King - Next To You

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Alliance ALD004
RRP: £10.20

Reviewed by Robin Budgell

I can't remember any album with such immediate melodies as this, although there are hints of familiarity with many of the songs here. The best way to describe Joe King is a male version of Marilyn Baker - it's the kind of music that gets your mum listening to songs with drums! You may have come across Joe as the man behind Teach Yourself Praise Guitar' but his talent goes further, he has a very rich voice which can best be described as pleasant to listen to. The songs are all really good, mainly ballads, and would fit comfortably inthe Radio 2 mould (hints of film and show songs abound), yet with Uillean pipes, whistles and some clever sequencing there are some strong Celtic moments, perhaps the influence of producer Dave Bainbridge (lona's producer). Turning to the lyrics, which are the central part of this recording, we have a set of simple yet extraordinarily powerful songs. In the words of Premier's reviewer, they are "themes of compassion and love, written from the loving Father's perspective to his child", with the final song being the response "I Will Love You Come What May". These lyrics have been born out of the pain of Joe's marriage break up and his experience of God's love, and I believe have a real potential to be used in similar situations. If you're a counsellor get hold of a copy. A fine album.

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Posted by jean Michel in perth western autralia @ 07:01 on Aug 17 2018

please send me the lyrics with guitar chords for "i will always love you " by graham cooke
Thank you

Posted by Patrick in CA, US @ 23:33 on Oct 13 2011

I just made a rough set of chords with lyrics for this song and posted it on It should be up within a day or so.

Posted by Ceri in Manchester @ 00:41 on Sep 6 2011

I came across the song 'Come What May' for the first time last weekend. Has anyone found a source for the sheet music yet? I would love to get hold of a copy if anyone knows how!

Posted by Joan Croome in North East England @ 01:00 on Aug 1 2011

I too am mightily blessed by 'I Will Always Love You'. The more I listen to this 'song' the deeper its truth sinks into my spirit. From all the comments on its origin, now I know why it ministers so profoundly to those who have 'ears to hear'.
It is confirmed in the small-print information at
bottom of all of Joe's album(s) on their back page, that music manuscripts for all songs on all of his albums- including 'I Will Always Love You'- are available to buy from ,

I hope this helps all those desperate for the written music for ,I Will Always Love You'. God Bless You.

Posted by Wendy Haller in South Africa @ 20:07 on Sep 15 2010

My husband & I (Cellist & Flautist) recently heard Graham Cooke's tape "Why Broken & Wounded Christians are so valuable to God". No idea when it was made, obviously a year or more ago from the dates referred to in the letters above. He speaks there of the circumstances around the song "I will Always Love You" at the end and a version is played, presumably with Joe singing. It's unfortunately very poor quality.
Our lives have been deeply touched & changed by this God given song.We sing it day & night & would love to share it with the many, many, people in our lives who know the Lord Jesus but don't know Him like that.
PLEASE does anyone know where to get the sheet music?
Joe, thank you for sharing such a peronal & awesome gift from Father with us! Can you send or somehow get the sheet music to us? God Bless you. Wendy

Reply by Deanne Elliott in Sydney Australia @ 13:04 on Nov 24 2010

I too have requested that song "I Will Always love you"
it is powerful and from the Lord. I would like the music and an album that it is on. If you find it can you let me know what and how.Thanks Deanne

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Reply by Simeon in USA @ 05:22 on Nov 18 2010

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Posted by Steve in Northern California @ 04:09 on Jun 4 2010

Two things about this song are wonderfully significant. The first is that it is not a worship unto the LORD song, it is a prophecy, given by Jesus to Joe King in a time of great need. Second, as I understand, it was prophesied by Graham Cooke that he would have a visitation from God, which he did, and God sang him this song, which he wrote, exactly as he heard it. This may explain its power. I'm surprised it hasn't made it into the Harp and Bowl soaking worship here in the SF Bay Area. The chorus just rolls on and on and gets right into my spirit.
You can buy it from Joe's website (, and I found the lyrics with a google search. Haven't found the chords yet.
Blessings in the wonderful name of Jesus.

Posted by Eline Lau in Hong Kong @ 06:29 on Apr 19 2010

Thanks God to let me know this song in a ministry two weeks ago. I used to be worship leader as well as a deaconess, I had been in that local church for 30 years but I was refused due to being experiencing the miracle works by Holy Spirit. When feeling so alone, this song completely comforted me. Gratefully I got the lyrics and now looking for the chords. I have already gone to Christian Book Shops here in HK, but can't find it out, would you please help or give me any advices. Thanks a lot!

Reply by Pastor Ken Harley in Hong Kong @ 06:52 on Feb 7 2011

I am interested in connecting with Eline Lau as I lead Harp and Bowl worship in Hong Kong.

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Posted by Weitsy Wang in Taipei, Taiwan @ 16:16 on Aug 20 2009

Anyone knows where to get or purchase the music sheet of song "I will always love you"?

I wanted to play it with my sisters group, but I can't find the right chords for it. Could someone help me out?

please sent me an email at



Reply by Roy Long in Michigan, USA @ 03:53 on Sep 17 2009

Weitsy, I was wondering if you ever got the music and chords for "I will always love You", from the album by Joe King? Sure would be appreciated. I've looked everywhere I know to look, but no luck. Please help if you can. Thanks Roy

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Posted by Christina Wu in Los Angeles, California, USA @ 21:47 on Jul 23 2009

Anyone knows where to get or purchase the music sheet of song "I will always love you"?

I am going to use this song for my father 80-year-old birthday on 7/24/2009, please email me asap.


Posted by Tao in USA @ 04:57 on Jul 15 2009

Anyone knows where to get or purchase the music sheet of song "I will always love you"?

Reply by Annie in California @ 19:36 on Jul 22 2009

I also try to find the music sheet for this song but no luck, but I am able to figure out some guitar chords for the song, if you find any additional changes on the chords, please share with me also. God Bless! =)

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