The trumpet child will blow his horn
Will blast the sky till it’s reborn
With Gabriel’s power and Satchmo’s grace
He will surprise the human race

The trumpet he will use to blow
Is being fashioned out of fire
The mouthpiece is a glowing coal
The bell a burst of wild desire

The trumpet child will riff on love
Thelonious notes from up above
He’ll improvise a kingdom come
Accompanied by a different drum

The trumpet child will banquet here
Until the lost are truly found
A thousand days, a thousand years
Nobody knows for sure how long

The rich forget about their gold
The meek and mild are strangely bold
A lion lies beside a lamb
And licks a murderer’s outstretched hand

The trumpet child will lift a glass
His bride now leaning in at last
His final aim to fill with joy
The earth that man all but destroyed


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    General CommentI'm still vacillating in my decision to be an Over the Rhine fan, but this song is gorgeous. Sultry, rich, and swaying, with a touch of the holidays, and the lyrics are haunting.
    crystalynn84on December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHow could there be so few comments about this song? It's so meaningful! That and I'm a trumpet player, so, even though it isn't even really about trumpet players, I still feel like a bad @$$ when I hear this song. It's so intense and passionate, too. The last stanza always hits me hard; the way the song states it is exactly the same way I feel about trumpet playing, but more importantly, music-playing.
    r3n3gad3on April 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgah i love this song. every song that is christian in content is absolutely incredible.
    aperfectredcakeon December 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe Trumpet Child is referring to Jesus Christ and His second coming. His bride is the church. His mission is redemption. I absolutely LOVE this song and the pain and joy felt within it's music. Beautiful.
    iambethanyon February 17, 2011   Link

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