Songs from Revelation

This is the sixty-fifth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Revelation can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Rev. 1:7: Every Eye Shall See (Bill Gaither Trio)
  • Rev. 1:7: Every Eye Shall See (Statesmen) (separate song)
  • Rev. 1:7: The Cloud He’s Coming Back On (Happy Goodmans, Kingsmen)
  • Rev. 1:7: He’s Coming in the Clouds (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Rev. 1:7: When Jesus Comes in the Clouds (Poet Voices, Ernie Haase, Ricky Atkinson & Compassion, Greenes)
  • Rev. 1:7: When the Son Breaks Through the Clouds (Inspirations)
  • Rev. 1:9: Remember the Mountain (McKameys)
  • Rev. 1:9-18: John the Revelator (Happy Goodmans)
  • Rev. 1:17: The First and Last (Greater Vision, Cross 4 Crowns)
  • Rev. 1:17-18: All Is Well (McKameys)
  • Rev. 1:18: Good News From the Graveyard (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 2:4: Don’t Lose Your First Love (Spencers)
  • Rev. 2:4: Timothy’s Burden (Martins)
  • Rev. 2:20-23: Jezebel (Bishops)
  • Rev. 3:4: They Shall Walk With Me in White (Inspirations)
  • Rev. 3:8: Beyond the Open Door (Gaither Vocal Band, Revelation)
  • Rev. 3:20: Knock, Knock, Knock (Palmetto State Quartet)
  • Rev. 3:20: Who At My Door Is Standing (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 4:8: Holy Is Thy Name (Cathedrals, Chris Allman, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Legacy Five, Ruppes)
  • Rev. 4:8: Holy Is Thy Name (Perry Sisters, Singing Americans) (separate song)
  • Rev. 4:8: Holy, Holy, Holy (Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Collingsworth Family, Kim Collingsworth, Liberty Quartet)
  • Rev. 4:8: He’s Worthy (Song of the Redeemed) (Allison Durham Speer, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Triumphant Quartet)
  • Rev. 5:5: Coming Out and Moving In (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Rev. 5:9: Sing a Song About the Lamb (McKameys)
  • Rev. 5:12: Worthy is the Lamb that was Slain (Archie Watkins)
  • Rev. 5:12: Worthy the Lamb (Bill Gaither Trio, Cathedrals, Gaither Vocal Band, Kim Collingsworth, Talleys)
  • Rev. 5:12: Worthy the Lamb is He (Soul’d Out Quartet)
  • Rev. 5:12: Into His Presence (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 6:16: Where You Gonna Hide (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 6:17: Oh God (I Love You) (Bishops)
  • Rev. 7:9: Mighty Number (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
  • Rev. 7:9: Sea of White (McKameys)
  • Rev. 7:9-14: John Saw Me (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Rev. 7:14: These Are They (Happy Goodmans, Gaither Vocal Band, Bishops, Hoppers)
  • Rev. 7:14: These Are They (Inspirations, Kingsmen, Spencers) (separate song)
  • Rev. 7:17: He’ll Wipe Away the Tears (Inspirations)
  • Rev. 7:17: God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (Kingsmen, Diplomats, Stamps)
  • Rev. 7:17: God Shall Wipe Away All Tears (Rambos)
  • Rev. 7:17: Goodbye to Tears (Hinsons, Teddy Huffam and the Gems)
  • Rev. 7:17: No Tears Beyond the Gate (Primitive Quartet)
  • Rev. 14:1: Coming Out and Moving In (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Rev. 15:2-4: They’re Getting Ready in Glory to Crown Him King (McKameys)
  • Rev. 15:3: Sing a Song About the Lamb (McKameys)
  • Rev. 19: Coronation Day (McKameys)
  • Rev. 19:1-6: The Song of Heaven (Tribute Quartet)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: Wedding Music (Cathedrals, Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: A Wedding Invitation (Inspirations, Florida Boys)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: Wedding Reception (Kingsmen)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: Going to a Wedding (Rambos)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Hoppers, Tribute Quartet)
  • Rev. 19:7-9: Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Perrys)
  • Rev. 19:12: Crown Him With Many Crowns (Ball Brothers, Liberty Quartet, Allison Durham Speer)
  • Rev. 19:13-16: Hosanna (Hoppers)
  • Rev. 20: The Judgment (Kingsmen)
  • Rev. 20:1-5: When The King Comes To Claim His Throne (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Rev. 20:12-15: You Never Mentioned Him to Me (McKameys)
  • Rev. 21: Story Untold (McKameys)
  • Rev. 21:1: No More Sea (McKameys)
  • Rev. 21:2: The Holy City (Bill Shaw, Blackwood Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem (Bishops)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem (Gold City) (different song)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem (Inspirations, Kingsmen) (third song)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem (Liberty Quartet) (fourth song)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem (Rambos) (fifth song)
  • Rev. 21:2: New Jerusalem Coming Down (Calvary Echoes)
  • Rev. 21:2: Jerusalem (Hoppers)
  • Rev. 21:2: Holy Shore (Perrys)
  • Rev. 21:2: Walk and Talk in the New Jerusalem Way (Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Heaven Bound, Inspirations, Legacy Five)
  • Rev. 21:2: John Saw (Gold City)
  • Rev. 21:2: High And Lifted Up (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 21:3-6: Alpha and Omega (Gaither Vocal Band) (also Rev. 22:8)
  • Rev. 21:4 (also see Isaiah 25:8, Rev. 7:17): Tears Will Never Stain the Streets of That City (Rambos, Allison Durham Speer, Blackwood Brothers, Florida Boys, Inspirations, LordSong, Perrys, Tim Surrett)
  • Rev. 21:4 (also see Isaiah 25:8, Rev. 7:17): No Tears in Heaven (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Chuck Wagon Gang, Gaither Homecoming Friends, LeFevres, Rebels, Spencers)
  • Rev. 21:4 (also see Isaiah 25:8, Rev. 7:17): He’ll Wipe Away the Tears (Inspirations)
  • Rev. 21:4 (also see Isaiah 25:8, Rev. 7:17): God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (Rambos)
  • Rev. 21:4 (also see Isaiah 25:8, Rev. 7:17): There’ll Be No More Tears (Spencers)
  • Rev. 21:4: Where You Gonna Hide (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 21:4: No More Pain (Bishops)
  • Rev. 21:4-5: I Am Home (McKameys)
  • Rev. 21:6: You’re Still God (McKameys)
  • Rev. 21:6: It is Done (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Rev. 21:12: I, John (Wilburn & Wilburn, Florida Boys, Southern Sound)
  • Rev. 21:12: Twelve Gates (Kingsmen)
  • Rev. 21:21: The Streets of Gold (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Rev. 21:21: Streets of Gold (Triumphant Quartet) (different song)
  • Rev. 21:21: The Streets of Gold (Cathedrals, Kingdom Heirs, Florida Boys) (third song)
  • Rev. 21:21: When I Walk on Streets of Gold (Florida Boys, Inspirations, Chuck Wagon Gang, Inspirations)
  • Rev. 21:21: When My Feet Touch the Streets of Gold (Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Gold City, Kingsmen, LeFevres)
  • Rev. 21:23: When the Lamb Becomes the Light (Gold City)
  • Rev. 21:23: In the City Where the Lamb is the Light (Stamps)
  • Rev. 22:1: River of Life (The Prophets)
  • Rev. 22:1: River of Life (Oak Ridge Boys) (different song)
  • Rev. 22:1: I Thirst (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 22:1: Still Drinking Water From The Well (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 22:2: Tree of Life (Dixie Echoes) (allusion)
  • Rev. 22:5: No More Night (David Phelps, Matt Felts)
  • Rev. 22:17: The Spirit and the Bride Say Come (Liberty Quartet, Rick Webb Family)
  • Rev. 22:17: Standing at the Altar (McKameys)
  • Rev. 22:17: Whosoever Will (Cathedrals)
  • Rev. 22:18-19: Are You Listening For the Lord (Inspirations) (allusion)
  • Rev. 22:20: Coming Very Soon (McKameys)
  • Rev. 22:20: Way Past Ready (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Rev. 22:20: Even So Come Quickly (Poet Voices)
  • Rev. 22:20: Even So, Come, Lord Jesus (Crist Family)
  • Rev. 22:20: Even So, Come (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Rev. 22:20: Even So, Come (Statesmen)
  • Rev. 22:20: Even So, Lord Jesus, Come (Cathedrals, Bill Gaither Trio)

What others come to mind?

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  1. So many here…don’t have time to really think through it right now. I do feel that your reference for “Alpha and Omega” is misplaced. There are multiple places where the “Alpha and Omega” terminology is used, but the “verses” of the song are nearly a word-for-word reading of Revelation 21:3-6. 🙂

  2. Congratulations! You’ve made it through. I’ve found this series to be very interesting and have read every post.

    • Hold on…we still haven’t done Songs of the Index, Songs of the Concordance, or Songs of the Maps!

      • One of my Bibles has a tie-in to archaeology and apologia, too; I’ll be awaiting Songs of Historical and Logical Evidence next.

      • Hmm. I hadn’t planned any follow-up series. 🙂 I think that some of my readers probably want a break!

    • Thanks, Joem! Sometimes I wondered if this day would ever arrive. 🙂

  3. What about the Hoppers’ song Jerusalem?

    • Boy, if there was ever one I should have thought of!

  4. Mark Trammell Quartet also recorded Wedding Music.

    • Yes, they have – now. I’m not sure their rendition had come out yet when I originally drafted this. 🙂

  5. What about an old McKamey’s throwback, “Coronation Day” for Revelation 19? It is from their live album “Gone to Meetin'” (c. 1990), which I believe was the first appearance of “God on the Mountain” as well.

    • Thanks! I don’t believe I have (or have ever heard) that album.

  6. He’s Worthy (song of the redeemed) could fit on Rev 1, and 4:8.

    • Is Song of the Redeemed the artist on that one?

      • Well, song of the redeemed is part of the title, the artist is either Gaither Homecoming Friends or Allison Speer, here is a video

      • Thank you!

      • Ah; that’s the song that Triumphant Quartet also recorded.

      • I’ve never heard the Triumphant’s version, is there a video?

      • I don’t see one. I think their cut predated the video era.

      • The Hoppers recorded it as well most recently on the ‘North America LIVE’ album 🙂

  7. How about “Way Past Ready” by the Mark Trammel Quartet (I’m way past ready, Lord Jesus, even so come!) – Rev 22:20.

    Also, “The Judgement” by the Kingsmen from 1989. That one fits in multiple places in Revelation.

    • Good one! Even so come!

    • Thanks! I just added Way Past Ready. Any thoughts on the best place to put The Judgment?

      • I would put it in Revelation 20, which is the central text for the Great White Throne of Judgment.

      • Added. Thanks!

  8. I got some…

    “They Shall Walk With Me in White” (Inspirations) – Rev. 3:4

    “John Saw Me” a Gerald Sweatman song recorded by MTT, is from Rev. 7:9-14

    Seems like a ton of “heaven” songs have references in Rev. 21. How about “John Saw”, from 21:2.

    “Whosoever Will,” from 22:17.

    • Thanks! Just added all of them. A fair number of songs share the title of the last one; which one were you thinking of?

      • I’m thinking of the one Danny sang on Travelin’ Live.

      • Ah, yes. Thanks!

  9. Both for Revelation 21:2 – ‘Jerusalem’ – the Hoppers (or did I miss it in the complexity) and then ‘Holy Shore’ – the Perrys

    • Another one I should have thought of!

  10. How about “John, The Revelator”? I have it recorded by The Gaither Vocal Band.

    • Any particular passage in mind?

      • Concerning ‘John, the Revelator’ the passages are Revelation 1:9-18

      • Thanks!

      • Also Rusty Goodman wrote it and the Happy Goodman’s recorded it because Johnny (Cook) killed the ending (which not to veer but Johnny killed everything he sang!!! :D)

  11. Revelation 21:6 – Alpha and Omega (Gaither Vocal Band); It Is Finished/It Is Done (Signature Sound)
    Revelation 21:1- No More Sea (McKameys)

  12. Daniel, this is an amazing series! It not only shows your great knowledge of Southern Gospel history, but an intimate knowledge of the Scriptures as well. I have enjoyed reading these!