‘He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need’

One of my favorite gospel songs, “He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need, ” was written by the incomparable Dottie Rambo. Take a moment to watch the attached video and you might quickly discern that it is set to the tune of “Danny Boy.” I love the lyrics, and the harmony on the chorus is simply gorgeous. Lyrics are below…

He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need

Written By Dottie Rambo, Performed By The Rambos

‘Amazing Grace’ shall always be my song of praise
For it was grace that bought my liberty
I do not know just why he came to love me so
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need

I shall forever lift mine eyes to Calvary
To view the cross where Jesus died for me
How marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need

Author: Brian

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16 thoughts on “‘He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need’”

  1. Thank God looked beyond my fault and saw my need, I shall forever be grateful to Jesus Christ, he is my friend in trials and hard times. He makes my day beautiful. Yes, indeed his grace is sufficient for me.

    Thank you Dottie for such a beautiful song. I watched you on
    TBN a few nights ago and enjoyed your singing.

    God Bless

  2. As much as I love this song and it’s meaning…
    did anyone else realize it’s the same tune as
    “Oh Danny Boy”??

    1. The tune is not original with “Danny Boy/” The words to that song were set to the old Irish melody, “Londonderry Air.” Other songs have been written with that tune; “Danny Boy” is the most famous of them. Since Dottie didn’t use any of the lyrics from Danny Boy, it should be said that she used the traditional “Londonderry Air” for her melody.

  3. Dottie will be miss in Gospel music. Her songs touch “HEARTS” in this world. Heaven is her home now, with all those other Gospel music friends. WHAT A GROUP OF SINGING THAT WILL BE !!!!! GOD BLESS THE FAMILY AND THE ONES THAT WAS IN THE BUS ACCIDENT. Roy from North Carolina

  4. To Dawn, where have you been? I thought everyone knew the turn was “Oh Danny Boy”. It is not unusual for Gospel song writers to “sanctify” secular musice and add Christian words. John Wessley and others did it with bar songs in England shortly after the reformation.

  5. i loved listening to Dottie singing The Holy Hills.she will be greatly missed. i love you Dottie and one day will meet you in heaven. last sunday i sang a solo in church and sang the song The Holy Hills . little did i know she would be gone to be with the Lord this week. God bless the family. alfreda noseworthy

  6. Reba knows that MAMA’S TEACHING ANGLES HOW TO SING.
    There will not be another writer like her. She was precious in our sight too, imagine how God loved her.
    Ruth Ann Gammons

  7. It was the gift God bestowed upon Dottie that help me through my teen-age years as a Christian. What a priviledge and honor to write and sing about the precious Lamb. Another jewel belonging to the jewelry store of heaven has been turned in to its rightful owner. May her works continue to speak for her.

  8. For Dawn and TruthDetector…
    The tune is actually much older than “Danny Boy,” which was written in the late 1800s or early 1900s by Frederick Edward Weatherly (1848-1929) (see ). The more contemporary “You Lift Me Up” (recorded by Selah) is also to this tune, as is “Above the Hills of Time” (written in 1931, published in the 1939 Methodist Hymnal).

    from :
    Londonderry, traditional Irish melody. Music aficionados will recognize this as the tune used with “Danny Boy.” The music may have been in written in the 17th Century by Rory Dall O’Cahan (also known as Rory Dall Morison). The tune name probably comes from association with the words of the song “Londonderry Air.”

  9. I was first introduced to Dottie Rambo by my cousin Shirley Beecham back in the sixties. Shirley and Dottie had been friends since the days of the “Gospel Echo’s”. I myself had recently began playing and singing gospel music and Dottie’s songs began to take over in my life. I was 18 then and I am now 58 and through the years without a doubt I have and still do sing more of her songs than any other artist. Some of my fondest memories were being at the old “Ellis Auditorium” in Memphis where at one time Gov. Jimmie Davis had come to hear the Rambo’s and I was introduced to him. Another time Jerry Lee Lewis showed up and soon after recorded an album with some of Dottie’s songs on it. Still another time Elvis showed up there. I had and still have every album that the Rambo’s and her have put out, which I am converting to CD’s. You really never know the impact a person has on your life until they are not here any longer, so true is is in my lifetime with Dottie, “What a impact”. Thank you Dottie for your unwavering Christian Holy Spirit inspired life and works! You Are So very missed. Dottie, you now are certainly, “Sheltered Safe Within the Arms of God”!!!

    Michael Horner

  10. Looking at the words of the song, I have learnt to be grateful to God every moment because till now He looks beyond my faults and still fulfills my needs. What an amazing God we have.

  11. ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, I HAVE REQUESTED THAT IT BE SUNG AT MY FUNERAL. THINKING ABOUT TAPEING IT AND DO IT AT MY OWN FUNERAL, I’M SO GLAD THIS WAS DONE IN THE SAME MUSIC & TUNE AS “DANNY BOY” BECAUSE I ALWAYS LOVE THAT SONG ALSO, THANK YOU DOTTIE.

  12. lots of great i like Sheltered in the arms of GOD . but i really like mama teaching angles how to sing we have used it last three years at my Church on DVD for MOTHER DAY so pretty. How can i get a copy of these to songsand more.

  13. I LOVE THE SONG, IT WAS ONE OF MY LATE HUSBAND’S FAVORITE SONGS. I’VE LISTENED TO DOTTIE FOR YEARS AND I AM SO THANKFUL TO GOD FOR THE GIFT HE GAVE HER’ AND ALL SHE BLESSED WITH HER SINGING. SHE WAS TRULY ANOINTED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND I WAS MINISTERED TO THRU HER. I AM SO THANKFUL GOD LOOKED BEYOND MY SIN AND SAW MY NEED. HE IS MY EVERY THING AND HE IS MY VERY BEST FRIEND AND WE WALK AND TALK TOGETHER DAILY. I PUT MY MUSIC ON AND JESUS AND I DANCE. WOW THAT IS PRAISE AND WORSHIP!!! IT AMAZES ME HOW YOU MY KING WOULD DIE FOR ME. WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE WHEN MY JESUS I WILL SEE!!!

  14. I was Dottie Rambo’s manager and was also in the tragic bus crash that took her life. I’m actually producing an album now in tribute to Dottie and her music with celebrity artists singing their favorite Dottie compositions. This song is on the album and it is beautiful. The album should be out in 2013.

    This song was so important to Dottie for many reasons. She was a strong advocate of never using PD melodies and such but Jimmie Davis had asked her to write him a song to the melody of Danny Boy. She toyed with it and never actually finished it. Then, her brother Eddie, who had a rather storied life was dieing and he had told Dottie that he thought he was too bad for Christ to save him. She explained to him how this wasn’t so. To shorten the story, her brother did get saved and wanted her to sing at his funeral. She wrote this song He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need from that experience and she wrote King Shepherd, she sang them both at his funeral. One thing that bothered her greatly was other singers/writers writing a 2nd verse to the song. She said to me, and to another writer, “When I wrote that song I put a period at the end. It has proven it doesn’t need help. It’s like my child, if I came into your home picked up your child and said it’s not complete I want to add my name to it and also to have parental rights to it, you wouldn’t be to happy with me”. I couldn’t agree more. This song also was the song she started her first publishing company with, later her husband sold the company against Dottie’s wishes. But the song lives in our hearts and sealed her fate in history as one of the greatest writers in history.

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