About John the Revelator

"John the Revelator" is a traditional gospel blues call and response song. Music critic Thomas Ward describes it as "one of the most powerful songs in all of pre-war acoustic music ... has been hugely influential to blues performers". American gospel-blues musician Blind Willie Johnson recorded "John the Revelator" in 1930 and subsequently a variety of artists have recorded their renditions of the song, often with variations in the verses and music. The song"s title refers to John of Patmos in his role as the author of the Book of Revelation. A portion of that book focuses on the opening of seven seals and the resulting apocalyptic events.


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In its various versions, the song quotes several passages from the Bible in the tradition of American spirituals.more »


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Well who"s that a writing? John The RevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorA book of the seven sealsTell me what"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorA book of the seven sealsNow who art worthy, crucified and holyBound up for some, Son of our GodDaughter of Zion, Judea"s LionHe redeemed us, Jesus bought us withHis bloodNow tell me who"s that a writing? John TheRevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorA book of the seven sealsWell what"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorA book of the seven sealsWell Moses to Moses, Watching the flockSaw the bush where they had to stopGod told Moses pull off your shoesOut of the flock, a well a you I chooseNow tell me who"s that a writing? John TheRevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorWho"s that a writing? John The RevelatorA book of the seven sealsWell what"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorWhat"s John a writing? Ask The RevelatorA book of the seven seals

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Blind Willie Johnson "Blind" Willie Johnson (January 22, 1897 – September 18, 1945) was an American singer and guitarist, whose music straddled the border between blues and spirituals. more »