Lena Martell (born Helen Thomson; 15 May 1940,  Glasgow) is a Scottish singer, who had a number one UK single with “One Day at a Time” in 1979.

She began singing at the age of 11 with her eldest brother’s band. After his untimely death, she decided to pursue a career in music as a tribute. She had released a number of standards in the 1970s on the Pye record label and drew crowds at cabarets. Her cover of the song “One Day at a Time”, written by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson, reached the top of the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November 1979.

Lena Martell Backing Tracks –  Beautiful Sunday  …  Nickels And Dimes …  One Day At A Time … Tom And Jack … When The Clans Come Together

I am only human, I am just a man
Help me believe in what I could be and all that I am
Show me the stairway
I have to climb
Lord for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time
One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you
Give me the strength to do everything that I have to do
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time.

Could you remember
When you walked among men
Jesus, you know when you’re looking below
It’s worse now than then
Pushin’ and shovin’ crowd in your mind
Lord for my sake
Teach me to take
One day at a time.

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