Do you fear this man's invention
That they call atomic power
Are we all in great confusion
Do we know the time or hour

When a terrible explosion
May rain down upon our land
Leaving horrible destruction
Blotting out the works of man

Are you, are you ready
For that great atomic power?
Will you rise and meet your savior in the air?
Will you shout or will you cry
When the fire rains from on high?
Are you ready for that great atomic power?

There is one way to escape
And be prepared to meet the lord
When the mushroom of destruction falls
There is a shielding sword

He will surely stand beside you
And you'll never taste of death
For your soul will fly to safety
And eternal peace and rest

Are you, are you ready
For that great atomic power?
Will you rise and meet your savior in the air?
Will you shout or will you cry
When the fire rains from on high?
Are you ready for that great atomic power?


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    General Commenti dont know if its supposed to be but this song sounds sarcastic:
    He will surely stand beside you
    And you'll never taste of death
    For your soul will fly to safety
    And eternal peace and rest
    wilcokidon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't think it's sarcasm.
    peepeeheadon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is an old religious hymn. Word for word. I think uncle Tupelo had a musical respect for this type of song as they did for the old mining songs. But, I don't necessarily think that they agree with what this is saying. Many people have done this song over the years. In my opinion, based on other Jay Farrars lyrics, I don't think he really believes this. I think most people have done this song because the lyrics are so ridiculous. But still a great song.
    ruarchitecton January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is an old religious hymn. Word for word. I think uncle Tupelo had a musical respect for this type of song as they did for the old mining songs. But, I don't necessarily think that they agree with what this is saying. Many people have done this song over the years. In my opinion, based on other Jay Farrars lyrics, I don't think he really believes this. I think most people have done this song because the lyrics are so ridiculous. But still a great song.
    ruarchitecton January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cover of The Louvin Brothers tune "The Great Atomic Power," from 1952, not an "old religious hymn." If you grew up during the Cold War you probably wouldn't think the lyrics so "ridiculous." The Louvins were strict Christians, and this song was written and sung by them with great conviction. If you have never heard the Louvins, I suggest you get their CD "When I Stop Dreaming." Some of the songs are religious in nature, but others are not. Plus these guys could do close harmony like nobody else.
    NESooneron December 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok NE, I didn't know who wrote it and maybe its just a religious "song" and not a "hymn". I understand when it was written and what it is written about. The part that I (and others, I am sure) personally find ridiculous are the parts about "rising to meet your maker", etc. We here about the "last days" all the time, but it never seems to happen when they say it will. Sorry if that offends anyone.
    ruarchitecton February 04, 2008   Link

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