Old John the Baptist, old John divine
Leather harness 'round his line
His meat was locust and honey
Wild honey, lord, wild honey

John saw that number way in the middle of the air
Crying "holy, holy" to the Lord
Old John the Baptist, old John divine
Frogs and snakes are gonna get John this time
God told the angel, "Go see about John!"
So he flew from the pit with the moon 'round his waist
Gathered wind in his fists, and the stars 'round his wrists
Crying "holy, holy" to the Lord

Read the revelations, you'll find him there
Third chapter, fourth verse where he said unto me:
"There's a beast that rose out of the sea
Ten crowns, ten crowns, on his horns write blasphemy"
John couldn't read it
John couldn't read it
Can I repeat it? John couldn't read it
"Holy, holy" to the Lord

There was a man, a pharisee
Who came by night to meet him
Said "I know thy teacher came from God
Because no man can do such miracles
Without the Lord, without the Lord to entreat him"
God told the angel, "Go see about John!"
So he flew from the pit with the moon 'round his waist
Gathered wind in his fists, and the stars 'round his wrists
Crying "holy, holy" to the Lord
"Holy, holy" to the Lord
"Holy, holy" to the Lord


Lyrics submitted by delial, edited by Mellow_Harsher, smallwonderrobot

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  • +1
    General CommentI'm not christian at all but this song makes me wat to dance
    laurluckon June 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, so I've done a bunch of research about this because I really wanted to understand this awesome song. When she mentions John the Baptist, she isn't talking about the same John who sees "that number." She actually is talking about John the Baptist, who was executed. She is saying that this John (who is the author of the Book of Revelation) might end up with the same gruesome fate if he isn't careful. But, he gets saved when God sends the angel to help him foresee the end of the world. What he sees is a seven-headed sea monster with ten crowns, which represents Satan and the number 666.

    What I'm not clear on is the underlying thoughts about the Book of Revelation. It may or may not be satirical, but what I found is at least who and what I think Neko was singing about.
    noahm177on April 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, but I wonder if she realizes that "John the Baptist" and John the Evangelist (who saw that number) are two different people.
    HankMullaneyon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone think this is a satire? I was surprised at first by the seemingly religious nature of this song, but describing John with "horns" makes me think otherwise. Maybe she's criticizing people's blind faith in their leaders?
    123456910on April 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe horns are on the beast, not on John.
    Also, I think it's hilarious that she took an old gospel song about John of Patmos and thought it was John the Baptist. The original song didn't have the intro about John the Baptist.
    cptnjesson April 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with 123456910, see "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" which is about blindly putting faith and following religious leaders.
    nefresh85on September 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to an interview the sound is inspired by the kid singing a capella in the movie Latcho Drom and the lyrics are from the bible.
    Acexnzon March 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about schizophrenia.
    ews1989on October 08, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI used to love this song, I still enjoy the music and melody and her voice, but having recently been saved I have learned that the lyrics are just wrong. She has confused John the Baptist with John the Revelator, and I very much doubt that there was enough thought put into it that she was speculating that John the Revelator might suffer the same fate as John the Baptist, as was suggested above.

    From her lyrics:

    read the revelations, you'll find him there
    third chapter, fourth verse where he said unto me:
    "there's a beast that rose out of the sea,"

    The problem with this is that the quote comes from Revelations Chapter 13, verse 1 - not chapter 3, verse 4. This is so blatantly wrong it makes me think she had little care for correctly referring to the scripture. James tells us that the teachers are held to a higher standard and judged more strictly, Neko should be careful because she inadvertantly is teaching (incorrectly) with her lyrics.

    I really wish she had been more careful and that I could feel about the song as I did before I learned of the errors.

    icculus0307on October 24, 2011   Link

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