“Through the City Where He Rode”


"Through the city where he rode Was spotless white. He will lead me where No tears don't never fall. Oh yes, he is leading me, For I feel his hands on mine." "I shall know him by the prints Of the nails in his hands." All verses are variants on the first


It was Thomas (John 20:24-29) who demanded to see the marks of the nails on Jesus's hands.

The rest of the song doesn't make much sense. If the description of the city and the rider is a reference to Jesus's entry into Jerusalem, well, nowhere is there any mention of white in any of the gospel narratives. That leaves only references in the Apocalypse -- e.g. the white horse of Rev. 6:2 or the white robes of Rev. (3:4), 4:4, 6:11, 7:9, 13. Perhaps the likeliest reference is to Rev. 19:11, 14, where the King of Kings rides a white horse. No white *city*, though. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 642, "Through the City Where He Rode" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11937
  3. BI, Br3642


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(SE)