Blind Willie Johnson - John the Revelator and Trouble Soon be Over - music videos

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"John the Revelator" is a traditional Gospel/blues call and response song. Its one that I have always liked especially this version with Blind Willie Johnson's gravelly voice and the very different voice of his wife.

In the chorus, John of Patmos, the traditional author of the Book of Revelation, is writing "the book of the seven seals." At the time of the song's composition (and in modern times), John of Patmos was generally considered the same person as John the Apostle and John the Evangelist.

The song was recorded on April 20, 1930 in Atlanta, Georgia by Blind Willie Johnson and is included in the Anthology of American Folk Music. In this version Johnson's first wife Willie B Harris performs the response parts of the song.




[call] Well who's that writin'? [response] John the Revelator
Who's that writin'? John the Revelator
Who's that writin'? John the Revelator
A book of the seven seals

[call] Tell me what's John writin'? [response] Ask the Revelator
What's John writin'? Ask the Revelator
What's John writin'? Ask the Revelator
A book of the seven seals

Well ooh ooh why me, thousands cried holy
Bound for some, Son of our God
Daughter of Zion, Judah the Lion
He redeemeth, and bought us with his blood
[Repeat verses 1 & 2]

John the Revelator, great advocator
Get's 'em on the battle of Zion
Lord, tellin' the story, risin' in glory
Cried, "Lord, don't you love some I
[Repeat verses 1 & 2]

Well Moses to Moses, watchin' the flock
Saw the bush where they had to stop
God told Moses, "Pull off your shoes"
Out of the flock, well you I choose
By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2010

Blind Willie Johnson Trouble Soon be Over

From 1927.

Willie Johnson was blinded by his step mother when he was 7 out of spite. He grew up to be a preacher and musician. He was one of the greatest bottleneck guitarists as well as one of the most revered figures of depression-era gospel music.

His music is distinguished by his powerful bass thumb-picking and gravelly voice. In 1945, his home burned to the ground and with nowhere else to go, he lived in the burned ruins of his home sleeping on a wet bed.

He lived like this until he contracted pneumonia and died, so 18 years after making this, he got his wish. His trouble were finally over.

Its incredible that video such as this from the 1920's still exists today.




Oh, troubleíll soon be over, sorrow will have an end
Oh, troubleíll soon be over, sorrow will have an end

Well, Christ is my foot and fellow, Heís my only friend
Till the end of my sorrow and tells me to lean on Him

God is my strong protection, Heís my bosom friend
Trouble arose all around me, I know who will take me in

He proved a friend to David, and hid him in a cage
The same God that David served, will give me a rest someday

Well, though my burden may be heavy, my enemies crush me down
Someday Iíll rest with Jesus and wear a starry crown

Iíll take this yoke upon me and live a Christian life
Take Jesus for my Savior, my burden will be light

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By netchicken: posted on 10-4-2010

Blind Willie Johnson singing "Nobody's fault but mine".



Just to spoil the atmosphere here is Led Zeppelin's cover of it - Nobody's Fault But Mine

By netchicken: posted on 31-3-2011








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