John The Revelator

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John The Revelator
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Song John The Revelator
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Produced by Ben Hillier
Recorded at Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Length (mm:ss) 3:14
Tempo 130 BPM
Time signature 4
4
Key F♯ Minor
Programmed by Dave McCracken
Richard Morris
Engineered by Ben Hillier
Richard Morris
Mixing assistance Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Mastered by Emily Lazar
Mastering assistance Sarah Register
Recording assistance Nick Sevilla
Arjun Agerwala
Rudyard Lee Cullers
Devin Workman
Kt Rangnick
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Design Anton Corbijn
Four5one.com
Photography Anton Corbijn
Recorded January - July 2005
Originally released 5 June 2006
Live performances 125 times *
Total live performances 125 times *

"John The Revelator" is a song from the 2005 album Playing The Angel by Depeche Mode. It was released as a double A-side single alongside "Lilian" on 5 June 2006.

Notes

Martin Gore told La Libre newspaper (translated from French):

This song is inspired by a traditional tune. It talks about faith in God, no matter what. It also denounces the belief in a God who punishes and damns. In the 'Book of Revelation,' John describes his visions of these seven angels descending, blowing into their seven trumpets and causing plagues, epidemics, and floods that gradually exterminate a large part of humanity. Only the true believers remain. I do not believe in all that.

Martin Gore told WAMS magazine (translated from German):

"'John the Relevator' is a cover of a song by Blues singer Son House. I own an old Shellac single from the 1930s with the original song on it."

Martin Gore told the November 2005 of Keyboard magazine:

"I've been listening a great deal to a six-CD set of traditional gospel music called Goodbye Babylon, which is just phenomenal. 'John the Revelator' is a heavily re-interpreted old gospel tune about the author of the Book of Revelation, but our lyrical take on it is, “Armageddon? Gee, thanks.”"

Ben Hillier told the same magazine:

"[The high, randomish arpeggios at the beginning and end of 'John The Revelator' were] a VCS-3 simulated by [Native Instruments] Reaktor, combined with this cool ring mod Martin cooked up on his Nord Lead 2. Other software that saw a lot of use included their Pro-53 and [Way Out Ware] TimewARP 2600."

Lyrics


John The Revelator

John the Revelator

Put him in an elevator

Take him up to the highest high

Take him up to the top

Where the mountains stop

Let him tell his book of lies


John the Revelator

He's a smooth operator

It's time we cut him down to size

Take him by the hand

And put him on the stand

Let us hear his alibis


By claiming God

As his holy right

He's stealing a God

From the Israelites

Stealing a God

From the Muslim too

There is only one God

Through and through


Seven lies multiplied by seven

Multiplied by seven again

Seven angels with seven trumpets

Send them home on the morning train


Well who's that shouting

John the Revelator

All he ever gives us is pain

Well who's that shouting

John the Revelator

He should bow his head in shame


By and By

By and By

By and By

By and By


Seven lies multiplied by seven

Multiplied by seven again

Seven angels with seven trumpets

Send them home on the morning train


Well who's that shouting

John the Revelator

All he ever gives us is pain

Well who's that shouting

John the Revelator

He should bow his head in shame


By and By

By and By

John the Revelator

By and By

John the Revelator

By and By

John the Revelator


Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2005 EMI Music Publishing Ltd., Assigned by Grabbing Hands Music Overseas Ltd. All rights reserved.

Music video

Dates with available recordings of John The Revelator

There are currently 96 recordings of John The Revelator available.

Dates where John The Revelator was played

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

John The Revelator was played 121 times during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • John The Revelator was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

John The Revelator was played 4 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • John The Revelator was not played during this tour.


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