"Spirit World Rising" as written by and Daniel Johnston....
I have been to Abilene
The spirit world rising
I have seen in Abilene
The Devil has Texas

Purple rose they shall wear
The spirit world rising
The number on their forehead and hands
The devil has Texas

From the sky the number seven
The devil defeated
In the sky the New Jerusalem

I have been to Abilene
The spirit world rising
I have seen in Abilene
The Devil has Texas

The Spirit World Rising
The Devil has Texas
The Spirit World Rising
The Devil has Texas


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    General CommentI feel that this is one of Daniel's more striking songs-the arrangement is very sparse and the lyrics touch on several themes that have appeared multiple times throughout Daniel's songwriting career. This song also provides a pretty direct window into Daniel's psyche, referencing his religious beliefs mostly. The Abilene reference refers to his first stint away from home, when he went to and subsequently quit Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. The passages mentioning the New Jerusalem, number 7, forehead and hands, and defeat of the devil all reference Bible eschatology and touch on Daniel's lifelong obsession with certain numbers-he speaks frequently of the numbers 6 (Satan), 7 (Jesus/God), and 9(the Beatles as best I can gather).
    london67on February 25, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI believe it's "purple robes", not "purple rose".
    Thunderbolton December 18, 2011   Link

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