outside
my door
unlocked
i'm lookin'
at this sound
That chime out of nowhere
yeah, nowhere
whoo
wheels turnin'
scratchin'
and burnin'
yeah
i fought guns
tanks
cannon
cannon
yeah
tell me who's that writin'
john the revelator
tell me who's that writin'
john the revelator
tell me who's that writin'
john the revelator
wrote the book on the seven seals
christ went down on easter mornin'
mary mother went down to see it
gotta tell my disciples to meet me in galilee
who's writin'
john the revelator
tell me who's that writin'
john the revelator
tell me who's that writin'
john the revelator
wrote the book on the seven seals
hey
whoo
lord above
i command
i've been evil
evil
yeah
evil


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    General CommentJohn the Revelator is a song by Son House, whom the White Stripes are a fan of. Their tribute to him in this song are the lines
    tell me who's that writin', John the revelator, etc.
    velloceton July 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOr a reference to "John the Revelator" himself, i.e. St. John who wrote the book of Revelation, the "Book of the Seven Seals." Plus the four lines about Christ and the seemingly apocolyptic theme of the song...it's refreshing to see a religious (I'm assuming) musician not making religious music, per se. I love their early stuff, although it's more melodic than their newer songs, but I think rhythm and melody are underrated in today's music. Not every song has to be 2 minutes of guitar solo and a chorus, you know?
    ROBRAM89on December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the White Stripes' best songs if you ask me, along with Quit Breaking Down
    canrockson January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti never understood what he was saying till now
    thehivesfanon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah, the lyrics can be pretty unintelligible. i love the pounding guitar riff throughout the whole song. i love the line near the end .."lord above...i command" where Jack really sings, i mean, he always sings, but he holds a note. it's strange but cool.
    turquoiseumbrellaon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTheir debut LP was dedicated to Son House, and this is considered one of his best songs (and one of the best off that album IMO). Jack White is a huge fan of old blues music like Son House and Robert Johnson, and this song shows just how passionate he is about the blues.
    vincent h.on June 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanother religious song is "i fought pirahnas" its about the death, decent, and rising of jesus
    adrinfgbithon July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI keep thinking about Half-Life when I hear this song, but it seems not to be even remotely similar in substance.
    Sir FartsAloton September 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe the White Stripes are followers of Christianity (Catholic, I also assume), because Jack mentioned getting close to God in an interview for GBMS I heard. Also the fact that they mention God/Jesus/Holy Ghost quite a few times.
    TheTriforceon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm almost positive that main riff is from War Pigs/Luke's Wall by Black Sabbath
    yankeeboystevelon January 24, 2006   Link

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