John The Revelator Lyrics - Depeche Mode



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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 a 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




Writer: GORE, MARTIN LEE
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing


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Deciphering the Hidden msg | Reviewer: Raven | 4/7/13

we all know that some revelations were taken from the Talmud into the bible , only a stupid shmuck wouldn't know that by now. Gore used the term Israelites and not jews , which shows how profound he is, cause the Israelites he is talking about are the 12 tribes of the east whom are still dwelling in the east and reject the idea of what so called ZIONIST ISRAEL as it is against Judaism in concept. ZIONISTS used false revelations to manipulate the minds of Christians and Muslims which lead us to the conflicts we are living in for almost a hundred year now !! Moses came from Egypt , and so all the Israelites right ? so how come the MOB ruling what so called ISRAEL are ARIAN not SEMITIC ? and what are the zionists are trying to do so far ? ripping off the true christian religion and also Islam. .. and btw that was one of there best songs which lead the media controllers (ZIONISTS AGAIN) to push away from there career path despite the fact that those guys were kick ass back in the early 80s

Stupid song | Reviewer: Day | 12/22/12

Depeche Mode has been one my favorite for ten years. Gore is a talented musician. But this song is a proof of his ignorance. Shame to Gore. Apostle John lived 700 years ago the foundation of muslim religion. So John could not steal the muslims god allah.
Gore is primitiv and wrote out of himself from demoratic people who honour the freedom of religion! But why does not Gore dare to offend the Muslims? Because they would have even killed Gore for such a song offending their faith. But Christians are peaceful.

Anyway the Book of Revelation said that the Evil will rebuild the Temple of israelities in Jerusalem but not in their religion but instead of the Evil murger every religion to ONE and claim that there is only one God.
How apostol John had known in the 1st century that in the begining of this process in 2005 Martin Gore starts to propagate in this song that "there is only one god..."? It is more than interesting. Maybe apostole John realy was an prophet. But Jesus loves Gore in spite of his rudeness and want Gore to repent and get the iternal life in the Haven where is no more pain...

spiritual indeed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/16/12

Watch the video! John 1:5 goes across the screen. Read it. Then realize John was yelling at the sinners which fell into darkness. Nobody likes to be told they are wrong so they rejected John. He was angry the world was going the way of sin again.

Good song... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/25/11

Depeche Mode is a great preformer, good music, good vibe.

The endless decision about religion and everything around it makes me sick...
Every 'believer' sould bow his head in shame...
They all think there superior to the other. That's not what the Ten Commandments say. That's the most important page in the book we call Bible.
Shame to all the people on this world, we threat each other like garbage.


what if? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/21/11

What if it simply means that by announcing the coming of Jesus, knowing fully that neither would ever accept him as the Messiah, John was also ending the relationship between God & the Israelites & Muslims? Up until then, He appeared to them often & in many ways; He hsn'nt done so since.

SARCASM | Reviewer: YO MAMA BEE-OTCH | 9/29/11

DEPECHE ARE BRITISH TRYING TO LOOK TOUGH JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER BAND FROM ENGLAND. THE STRAIN IT TOOK PROVE THEMSELVES PROBABLY DROVE THEM TO THEIR' WITS END WHEN WRITING SONGS. PERHAPS THEY ARE DEVOUT CHRISTIANS WHO LOVE JESUS AND FAITH. BUT HAD BEEN IN MENTAL OVERDRIVE. MAYBE THEY THOUGHT THE 1ST. VERSION SUNG BY THAT BLIND NIGGER WAS FUCKED-UP SO THEY TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK, AND MADE THE SONG EVEN MORE RETARDED. GOSPEL HAS ALLWAYS BEEN A MASK FOR WOLVES ANY-WAYS. YOU SHOULD BURN YOUR' HYMNALS FOR WARMTH. A COLD WINTER IS COMING. JESUS CHRIST HATES THE BUTT-FUCKING WAYS OF MUSLIMS AND FALSE TRENDS. DON'T JUDGE THE LANGUAGE MODE SPEAKETH. AND IF YOU DEMON-POSSESSED FUCK SLUTS STILL WAN'T TO BE CURSED; SO BE IT/

John The Revelator | Reviewer: Rob | 10/4/11

All the people who try to say this isn't about the bible, or specifically Revelation are just Christians who refuse to realize that their heroes DM abhor their beliefs and wrote clever music to explain how ludicrous it all really is. John the Revelator was exhaled to an island to sit in a cave by himself, of course he talks to God during this time, and all God has to say is total destruction of everyone. John was mad at mankind, and couldn't wait to see God come and wash it all down. To read this letter and believe that it is proof that God talk to John is missing the point. God didn't talk to John, and this book of the bible is there to show us how ludicrous people were in the past to think that they were talking to God. But I totally agree, John the Revelator should be ashamed for what he has done.

Here now; the news... | Reviewer: Common Sence | 6/23/11

Ok so there are so many understandings of the bible and what it really means, and what this song really means.(Point1) Im thinking that this song is made by artists of music. They usually take poetic licence. I dont think that it should be under a surgens precise knife of what exactly it means. Since Poetic licence is not exact, and has creatives it in galore.(Point2) Although, I prefer a positive tone in songs, Hitler (the most God awful of awfuls) said something that still rings true. Hate brings people together.

Comment on Topic | Reviewer: Eldrid | 3/11/11

I totally agree with Juan,people are too critical when it comes to religion & music, there is only one God through & through. Carefully take some time and listen to Depeche Mode's lyrics there is nothing
blasphemous at all! As Juan mentioned it's about the human condition. I have personally met Dave Gahan & what a genuine person, that took the time to go out of his way to shake my hand I totally respect that!Big up! to DM don't stop.

Not to be taken literally | Reviewer: Michael | 4/27/10

After listening to and reading and carefully thinking about these lyrics I came to the conclusion that it is not about THE John the revelator but about frauds, charlatans, about people who pretend to be john the revelators, about people who are liars, people who are false prophets. Ever so common today are these people, take David Karesh for example, well he didn't say he was John the Revelator but he said he was Jesus, even though clearly he wasn't....so essentially this song seems to be about those who pretend to be great spiritual prophets and are actually liars.

Love the song, very ironic | Reviewer: jesse | 2/12/10

And i'm absolutely agree with the last review by anonim person. it's not about religion at all. won't continue to avoid making a copy of a previous message, cuz i've got just the same idea on my mind about it.

Not Blasphemous At All! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/16/09

Looking through the reviews, I'd have to say that some of you need a reality check.
Sorry to disappoint you people saying that this is blasphemous, but it's not meant to be. Seriously. This is clearly about corruption associated with it -- not the religion itself. There is no bashing anyone but the zealots.
Someone also said the lyrics did not make sense, and while I assure you that yes, they do, you probably ought to have a degree or heavy interest in theology explain. Preferably an agnostic.
So, when you get down to it, it's more about religious zealots forcing their beliefs on others and the belief that "he who prays the loudest sins the hardest". I could be wrong though :/

the law of yhwh | Reviewer: the few | 6/11/09

the key clue in the song is tht israel and muslim are holier than christian.
hence, for those who bother to REALLY read the scriptures right down to hebrew translation (the originator) knows tht DM is saying christians dont even know god's character compared to the other 2 religion bcos they dont live the law EXPLICITLY commanded by god of israel.(cunningly misinterpreted frm hebrew to english bibles).

Christians are lazy followers further lulled by sunday 1 hour club mentality. Thts why the "grace" message is so sweet to them. "If u sin its ok jesus wash yr sins away" bullshit.

The best Interpritation. | Reviewer: AS | 4/29/09

This song is not about the bible the actual john or chrisitanity. In fact Islam started approx 700 years after Christianity so the reference to stealing a good from the muslim too would not apply to the real John.

This song is about all false profits that use the revelations, end of times, religon, and god to rule and push their evil agendas. John the Revelator is any cult leader, any religous leader or any political leader that uses god to rule, abuse, kill and bring pain to humanity.

Reality | Reviewer: I am That I am Love | 4/6/09

From what I can deduce Hes talking about how the book of revelations is BS! To live with Love is the only requirement to be holy in gods eyes! why wait for death to come and bring you to heaven? Why not take action with Jesus "Love", and bring heaven to yourself and those which you love!? As far as I interpret the bible jesus is love... well if jesus is love, then his second coming will be that of a united people... United not under some antichrist fear monger "anti-love", but united by Love itself! "Go in Peace, serve your love!... "truth"


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