John The Revelator

Words and Music by :  
Arranged and adapted by: Howard A. Roberts

Recorded by Harry Belafonte:
Recording date: 1964
Playing time: 3:41
LP : LSP2953, CL42216,
Tape: FTP-1288
CD: 82876-62587-2,


Tell me who is that writing, my lordy, John the revelator
Who is that writing, my lordy, John ther revelator
What is he writing, my lordy, about the revelation
Yes he's writing in the book of the seven seals

As the book was opened breaking seal after seal
There was a mighty rumbling like a chariot wheel
John said let me tell ye just what I see
Beasts began to rise up out of the sea
Four and twenty elders well they're singing a song
As God stepped out from heaven judge that right or wrong

God called out to Gabriel go blow your mighty sound
And wake the living nations and all beneath the ground
With one foot on the mountain and the other in the sea
Gabe's trumpet be like thunder as he set the nations free
The mountain it did shutter and the sea began to swell
And with one mighty blast Gabe swept the gates of Hell

God snipped out the sun like a candle in the wind
The moon began to drip in blood
The trees began to bend
God cried to the sinners come all you underneath 
'Cause I set all the righteous free
The dead is gonna rise
The dumb is gonna talk
The lame is gonna pick up his bed and walk
God said let me tell you
You will never be free till you love your neighbor
As you love me