Lead Vocal: Gary Hopper
Music & Lyrics: Brian McNally
Slide guitar: Jeremy Spencer
Sol Opi was a young Hawaiian singer,
Playing his Hawaiian steel guitar,
Singing in those clubs in California
For the people drinking in the bars.
Sol Opi had a wife at home so lonely,
She was sick from drinking, oh she was so thin,
Until she found the happiness she was missing
When she humbly asked her Savior in.
And as she walked home in the rain,
Her life completely changed.
She was everything she dreamed to be,
Finally feeling heavenly,
Free from all the past she'd left behind.
Sol Opi saw his wife completely different,
She wasn't drinking or smoking any more.
She was more radiant and beautiful than ever,
So much happier than before.
He asked her what had happened, and she told him:
"Jesus changed me, and He wants to change you too."
So that night Sol Opi finally met his Savior,
And he found a love he'd never known.
And as he walked out in the rain,
His life completely changed.
He was everything he dreamed to be,
Finally feeling heavenly, free from all the past he'd left behind.
Sol Opi left his job to play his music
And to sing for his new Savior that he'd found.
Oh, you should have seen his face as it was shining
As he played in every church that was around.
But in those days some of the church people rejected
The sounds of his Hawaiian slide guitar.
So alone Sol Opi lay a-dying-dying of a broken heart.
And as he kissed his wife goodbye,
He said, "Now don't you cry.
I'll meet you in the heavenlies where we'll both be finally free,
Free from all the past we've left behind."
And as he quietly passed away,
She could hear her Savior say,
"He's everything he dreamed to be, singing in the heavenlies,
Free from all the past he'd left behind."
"SOL OPI" (with chords)
Sol (D)Opi was a (Dsus)young Hawaiian sing(D)er,(Dsus)
(G)Playing his (Gm)Hawaiian steel g(D)uitar,(Ebdim7)
(Em)Singing in those clubs in California(A)
For the (Ddim)people drinking in the b(A)ars.
Sol (D)Opi had a (Dsus)wife at home so (D)lonely,(Dsus)
She was s(G)ick from drinking, (Gm)oh she was so th(D)in,(Ebdim7)
Un(Em)til she found the happiness she was missing(A)
When she h(Ddim)umbly asked her Savior (A)in.
And as she (Em)walked home in the (A)rain,
Her (F#m)life completely ch(Bm)anged.
She was ev(G)erything she dreamed to be,
(A)Finally feeling heavenly,
(G)Free from all the past she'd left be(A)hind.(D)
Sol (D)Opi saw (Dsus)his wife completely (D)different,(Dsus)
She wasn't dr(G)inking or sm(Gm)oking any mo(D)re.(Ebdim7)
She was more r(Em)adiant and beautiful than ever,(A)
So much h(Ddim)appier than be(A)fore.
He as(D)ked her what had (Dsus)happened, and she (D)told him:(Dsus)
"Jesus cha(G)nged me, and He w(Gm)ants to change you to(D)o."(Ebdim7)
So that n(Em)ight Sol Opi finally met his Savior,(A)
And he fo(Ddim)und a love he'd never kn(A)own.
And as he w(G)alked out in the r(A)ain,
His (F#m)life completely ch(Bm)anged.
He was ev(G)erything he dreamed to be,
Fin(A)ally feeling heavenly, fr(G)ee from all the past he'd left be(A)hind.(D)
Sol (D)Opi left his (Dsus)job to play his (D)music(Dsus)
And to si(G)ng for his new (Gm)Savior that he'd fo(D)und.(Ebdim7)
Oh, you sh(Em)ould have seen his face as it was shining(A)
As he pl(Ddim)ayed in every church that was aro(A)und.
But in those (D)days some of the (Dsus)church people re(D)jected(Dsus)
The so(G)unds of his H(Gm)awaiian slide gui(D)tar.(Ebdim7)
So (Em)alone Sol Opi lay a-dying(A)-dy(Ddim)ing of a broken he(A)art.
And as he kis(G)sed his wife go(A)odbye,
He s(F#m)aid, "Now don't you c(Bm)ry.
I'll (G)meet you in the heavenlies where we'll (A)both be finally free,
Fr(G)ee from all the past we've left be(A)hind."
And as he q(G)uietly passed aw(A)ay,
She could h(F#m)ear her Savior sa(Bm)y,
"He's e(G)verything he dreamed to be, sin(A)ging in the heavenlies,
Fr(G)ee from all the past he'd left behi(A)nd."