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Posted:  01 Nov 2006 15:12
Does anyone have the verses to this song?  Our hymnal just has the Chorus!  Thanks,  May God Bless!! Dreama
Posted:  01 Nov 2006 15:27
Got any rivers you think are impossible?
Got any mountains you can not tunnel thorough?
God specialzes in things thought impossilbe
And he can do what no other God can do.

I learned this song about 50 years ago from my fourth grade school teacher.  I believe it is just a chorus.  We did put this with it

Let go and let God have his wonderful way
Let go and let God have his way.
Your burdens He'll carry
Your night, turn to day
Let go and let God have His way.

I don't know if this will help
God Bless.
Posted:  01 Nov 2006 19:00
I seen this song in an old hymnal with 2 verses to it. Regretably I don't know what happened to that old hymnal.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  The chorus is  "Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?  Got any mountains you can't tunnel thru? God specializes in things tho't impossible, And He can do what no other pow'r can do.         Special thanks to  Carolla for the imput.  May God Bless   Dreama
Posted:  30 Dec 2006 10:02
We always added this to the song...

My God can do anything
My God can do anything
Oh He's got the Power
He's got the Power
My God can do anything
Posted:  01 Jan 2007 07:00
To  anyone interested-  I found the verses to Got Any River's?  Written by Oscar C. Eliason   Copyright 1945    1.  Be of good courage God spake unto joshua, When o'er the river God pointed the way.  Jordan uncrossable! things seemed impossible, Waters divide as they march and obey.                                            Chorus: Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?  Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?  God specializes in things thought impossible: He can do what no others can do.                                 2. Battles to win!  they would meet their obstacles, Jericho's walls, too, must fall to the ground.  God never failed; He stood back of His promises, Walls had to crumble as the marched around.               3. God is the same and His word is dependable; He'll make a wat through the waters for you.  Life's situations by Him are amendable, Mountains and hills He will part for you too.
Posted:  11 Jan 2007 04:32
I learned the chorus w/ a different last phrase. 
"He does the things others cannot do."
Jeannette
Posted:  10 Mar 2007 14:57
Thanks, I have been looking for the Lyric's to God Specializes. It was a favorite of my Uncle's and I have never been able to find the Lyrics. Thanks again!
Posted:  13 Mar 2007 04:35
I too. learned the chorus with a different last phrase.

What He's done for others He will do for you.
Posted:  05 Apr 2007 19:32
As a child I song the song with:
Have you any rivers that you feel are uncrossable and Have you any mountains that you can not tunnel thru I tell you God specializes in things that are impossible and he will do what no other power can do.
Second Verse:
Is your body all full of disease and the medicine won't do you any good. Are you friendless in despair and nobody seems to care.
There is another verse I just can not remember it Can anyone help me??????
Next you say:
God God yes God and he will do what no other power can do
Then you repeat the second verse above:
Then you end it with:
God God Yes God and he will do what no other power nothing but the Holy Ghost power can do
Posted:  10 Jun 2008 17:38
I would like find the hymn that has the line:

Filled with God, Yes filled with God. Pardoned and cleansed, and filled with God.

R. B. Thompson
Posted:  13 Jun 2008 04:40
Lyrics
Got any rivers you think are un-crossable
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through
God specializes in things thought impossible
If you'll let him have his way He'll make away for you
 
Let go and let God have His wonderful way
Let go and let God have His way
Your sorrow will vanish
You night turned to day
Let go and let God have His way
 
Let the Lord have His way
In your life everyday
There's no peace, there's no rest
Till the Lord has you best
Place your life in His hand
Rest secure in His plans
Let the Lord, let the Lord have His way
 
Let the Lord have His way
In your life everyday
There's no peace, there's no rest
Till the Lord has you best
Place your life in His hand
Rest secure in His plans
Let the Lord, let the Lord have His way
 
Place your life in His hand
Rest secure in His plans
Let the Lord, let the Lord have His way
Posted:  20 Jul 2008 15:48
My father is Oscar C. Eliason.  Dad wrote the chorus in 1929.
He was dying of TB in a Minneapolis hospital and an elderly
minister came by one evening and prayer was offered. The next
day be began to improve and he continued to improve to such an
extent that the Doctors admitted that something out of the ordinary
had happened.  As he was getting better he saw an adv. in the
Minneapolis Star Tribune by a construction company that used the
slogan.  He changed the words to:

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through
God specializes in things thought impossible
He does the things others cannot do.

because it spread from mouth to mouth it became altered in
many interesting ways.

The story of how the verses were written in the later years
is a very interesting one and anyone interested may contact me
at <vce@vcyamerica.org>

What a joy to know that this little chorus has touched and encouraged
so many lives.

God Bless you.

Vic Eliason, Vice President
VCY America Radio Network
800-729-9829
Posted:  16 Aug 2008 19:12
this is by far the closest.  will listen to Dorinda Clarke sing it on youtube and write down the words and get back to you all.

Have you any rivers that you feel are uncrossable and Have you any mountains that you can not tunnel thru I tell you God specializes in things that are impossible and he will do what no other power can do.
Second Verse:
Is your body all full of disease and the medicine won't do you any good. Are you friendless in despair and nobody seems to care.
There is another verse I just can not remember it Can anyone help me??????
Next you say:
God God yes God and he will do what no other power can do
Then you repeat the second verse above:
Then you end it with:
God God Yes God and he will do what no other power nothing but the Holy Ghost power can do
Posted:  30 Aug 2008 16:46
We sang it this way at Ridgecrest in 1950:
"Are there any rivers that seem to be uncrossable?
Are there any mountains you cannot tunnel through?
God specializes in things that seem impossible.
He knows a thousand ways to make a way for you.

Let Go and let God have his wonderful way,
Let go and let God have his way.
Your troubles will vanish, your night turn to day;
Let go and let Log have his way."

It may have been in the chorus book, "Youth Sings."
Posted:  19 Sep 2008 18:46
The name of the song is God Specializes
Posted:  19 Sep 2008 18:56
"God Specializes"

verse 1
Have you any rivers
That you feel are uncrossable
And have you, have you any mountains
That you cannot tunnel through
But God, oh, He specializes
In things that are impossible
And he will do what no other power,
Holy Ghost power, power can do

verse 2
Have you any afflictions
That you feel are uncureable
And the doctors, those old doctors
Can't find a cure
My God, yes, He specialize
In things taht are impossible
And he will do what no other power,
Wonder working power, power can do

chorus
Oh, God specializes
God specializes
Yes, God specializes
God specializes
And he will do what no other power
No other power can do.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Dorinda Clark-Cole does it best. I do it second best! LoL
Posted:  01 Feb 2009 23:28
Great!!!  But can you help me find the song( goes like this> if i had all the riches it wouldn't be enough to buy one splinter of the tree Jesus died on or it couldn't pay the price for one single drop of blood that was shed for my salvation.  joycescholar@yahoo.com
Posted:  20 Feb 2009 20:26
I note that Oscar C. Eliason wrote the song "Got Any Rivers?" in 1929.
Can you give the years in which he was born and died?
williams_myron@bellsouth.net
Posted:  24 Mar 2009 16:54
This is crazy!  I've been searching for the lyrics to "God Specializes" and it's interesting how many different takes there are on the verses.  This was the first song I ever lead in church when I was about 15 years old.  The verses I learned were:
Have you any rivers that you think are uncrossable,
Have you any mountains, that you can not tunnel through
God Specializes in things thought impossible
And he will do, what no other power, Holy Ghost power can do.

God specializes (specializes)
Is your body filled with disease and medicine don't give you no ease?
Are you friendless and in despair and nobody seems to care?
Is there trouble in your home, and your enemies won't leave you alone?
I tell you God, God, yes, God, oh God
and He will do (and He will do) what no other power (Holy Ghost power) can do.
Posted:  16 Apr 2009 22:37
He also wrote the song: A Name I Highly Treasure.  The story behind is a real blessing to me.  That was my mother's favorite song who has been in Glory for about 20 years now.  Dave Sommer davidsom@scbbs-bo.com
Posted:  28 May 2009 04:44
Rev. N.E. McCoy from Jamestown, North Dakota use this song on his radio program on KSJB for more then 50 years starting in the late 30's.  It is a song written by someone who knew the difficutties of building a railroad.  It has to do with building bridges over rivers and tunneling through mountains. He learned it while he was a young Salvation Army Officer. He never sang any verses, everyone who lived in my home town during his time knew the song.

Major Lester Anderson
retired Salvation Army Officer
les103032@comcast.net
Posted:  02 Jun 2009 12:04
I remember my mom singing GOD SPECIALIZES in church and the pianist would hand motion the "senior" choir to stand as she was nearing the end of the 2nd verse.  It was song slow ly with feeling  followed by an up beat tempo for the chorus.  The lyrics that I recall along with the sheet music:
Have you any rivers that you think are uncrossable?
Have you any mountains that you can not tunnel through?
God specializes in things that are impossible
And He will do what not other power can do.

Have you any afflictions that you think are incurable?
In spite of what the doctors can do
God specializes in things thought impossible
He can do what no other power can do.

Also, Gene Viale has been singing this version for an extended period of gospel time.
Posted:  06 Jun 2009 17:02
My mother was the church pianist and she used to sing this song as a soloist.  It was soul stirring.  She also sang "God is still on the throne" "Let God Abide" "King Jesus will Roll all Burdens away"  and "He knows how much we can bear"  These are a just a few of the songs she would sing before the pastor would deliver the message. 

God specializes and He will do what no other pow'r can do
Have you any rivers that you think are uncrossable?
Have you any mountains that you can't tunnel thru?
God specializes-------in things thought impossible
And He will do what no other pow'r can do.

Have you afflictions that seem to be incurable
In spite of all the doctors can do?
God specializes in healing afflictions;
If you trust HIm He'll do what no other doctor can do.

God specializes----God Specializes
If your body filled with disease and your medicine don't give you ease
If there's troubles in your home and your enemies won't leave you alone
If you're friendless and in despair when nobody seem to care I know
God specializes, God Specializes, God specializes, God specializes, I tell you God specializes, God specializes and He will do what no other pow'r can do
Posted:  12 Nov 2009 04:37
PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME FIND THE WORD TO LET GOD ABIDE, THIS SONG IS BURNING WITHIN ME.  GODZOWNE03@AOL.COM
Posted:  23 Nov 2009 14:17
Love that song....
Posted:  16 Jan 2010 09:29
have you any rivers you think are uncrossable,
have you any mountain you can't tunnel through,
God specializes in things thought impossible,
for he can do what no other friend can do.

cho

Jesus never fails, Jesus never fails
heaven and earth shall pass away
but Jesus never fail.
Posted:  02 Apr 2010 11:35
The last line as I've always sung it is, "He can do just what no other can do".

Amazing to see the story behind such a touching song.
Posted:  09 Aug 2010 19:30
Thanks...my, what good memories this brings.  It still holds true today.
Posted:  17 Jul 2011 01:49
I love this hymn so much and it is wonderful to see how much it means to others.  When my grand-children seem troubled I want them to learn this and keep it in their hearts as it has been in mine for over 70 years-Heather Butler, Australia
Posted:  29 Oct 2011 17:11
this song was originally a song of the American builders of the Panama canal.

Got any rivers they say are uncrossable,
Got any mountains they say 'can't tunnel through'?
We specialize in the wholly impossible,
Doing the things they say you can't do.

published in 1914, and was "Christianized" by Eliason 1931. 

Like many American hymns, its basically a drinking song that so many people knew, it was easy to transition it to the church.
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