"The Northern" as written by George Pettit, Jordan Hastings, Chris Steele, Dallas Green and Wade Macneil....
He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Oh they speak him near

He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Oh, they speak him near

He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Oh, they speak him near

He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Speak the sound of fear

Oh mother, you ought a be there
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)
Roll Jordan, roll Jordan
Oh father, you ought a be there
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)
Roll Jordan, roll Jordan

He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Oh, they speak him near
Hallelujah, we'll praise the lord
Hallelujah
Hallelujah,

He comes, he comes
Judge so severe
Seven trumpets speak
Oh, they speak him near

Hallelujah, we'll praise the lord
Hallelujah
Hallelujah, we'll praise the lord
Hallelujah

Oh mother, you ought a be there
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)
Roll Jordan, roll Jordan
Oh father, you ought a be there
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)
Roll Jordan, roll Jordan
Oh sister, you ought a be there
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)
Roll Jordan, roll Jordan
Oh brother, my sweet brother
I'm gonna go to heaven when I die
(I want to go to heaven)


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"The Northern" as written by Dallas Green Chris Steele

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  • +1
    General CommentOn metalhammer.co.uk/news/alexisonfire-%e2%80%9cwe-stole-all-the-lyrics-from-this-methodist-hymn/

    George says:
    "Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit has revealed that the band were looking to divine inspiration when writing their new album, ‘Old Crows/Young Cardinals’ in a recent interview with Metal Hammer.Geroge confessed: “We stole all the lyrics from this Methodist hymn called Roll, Jordan, Roll which is believed to be the first track that inspired people to first play the blues. It’s like an acknowledgment of our musical roots. It’s very religious, but we’re by no means religious.”
    drusca123on December 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment The Line " Here he comes here he comes" may
    refer to the coming or presence of God, as the line " judge so severe "
    verifies. Seven trumpets can either refer to the second coming of Jesus Christ/God, or the seven plagues that were set on Egypt. This may simply emphasize the whole aspect of God being vengeful and omnipresent in the first testament. As they speak him near, it may mean that God is close to returning, or simply that he will soon pass judgment on the wicked.

    This would make sense from a slavery standpoint if the song was sung from the point of the slave, almost as though he was promising that God will serve justice to his owner. However, if you watch the music video on youtube or elsewhere, you will notice that the theme in the video seems to be revolving around a religious cult. In that sense, the song would appear to be about members of the cult being brainwashed by the priests preaching, and living in fear of the cult's vengeful god. The line " I want to go to heaven when I die" emphasizes the fact that the cult members will do anything to get in to heaven, even if it means committing horrible acts.

    Either way you should watch the video as it defintely sheds new possibilities on the meaning of the words.
    Saboteuron March 27, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthope youre joking braw. the roll jordon part including dallas vocals are fantastic
    BurntToadon June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso, id say its about slavery
    BurntToadon June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about religion.
    I think they're kind of mocking going to heaven and all that, because although they sound pretty sincere in the song, if you listen to My God Is a Reasonable Man and City and Colour's I Don't Need To Know, you'd know that they have very cynical and atheist views towards Christianity.
    Wambson June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI dunno, look at the lyrics to Born and Raised...
    BlameHoffmanon June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat does roll Jordan means ? oO
    afrancoon June 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the roll jordan part is talking about people taking chances on their religions being the right one and using relying on blind faith. maybe?
    quadman19on June 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentif you do a quick search for "roll jordan" in google a few other songs pop up...

    negrospirituals.com/news-song/…

    Roll Jordan, roll
    Roll Jordan, roll
    I wanter go to heav'n when I die
    To hear ol' Jordan roll
    O brethern
    Roll Jordan, roll
    Roll Jordan, roll
    I wanter go to heav'n when I die
    To hear ol' Jordan roll

    Seems to have roots, most likely to slavery.

    biohazrdon June 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn light of biohazrd's comment, I would have to think they are using Roll Jordan Roll as kind of an ironic basis for a song about spiritual slavery instead of literal slavery. It's kind of an interesting effect
    darksky48on June 25, 2009   Link

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