“John the Revelator”


"My Lord called John while he was a-writing... Oh, John, John" "Who's that writing? John the Revelator." The song describes what and how John wrote: The book of "Revelations," "The book of Seven Seals," etc.


For the record, it is the "Book of Revelation," or properly the "Revelation to John" (Greek APOKALYPSIS IOANNOU), not the "Book of Revelations." - RBW

Cross references


  • Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, "John, the Revelator" (Bluebird B-7631, 1938; Montgomery Ward M-7912, 1939; Victor 20-2073, 1946; rec. 1938)
  • Blind Willie Johnson, "John the Revelator" (Columbia 14530D, 1930; on AAFM2, BWJ03)
  • Spiritual Four Quartet, "John the Revelator" (AFS 5160 B1, 5163 A1, 1941; on in AMMEM/FortValley)
  • Trumpeteers, "John de Revelator" (Score 5012, n.d.)


  1. Lomax-FSNA 252, "John the Revelator" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 72, "John the Revelator" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Courlander-NFM, p. 66, "(John the Revelator)" (partial text)
  4. Roud #6701
  5. BI, LoF252


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (recording, Blind Willie Johnson)
Found in: US(So,SE)