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Who Was John?
Composer: Traditional

Who Was John was performed about 30 times by the Jerry Garcia Band in 1976.

The only other recording of this song appears to be the one by Mitchell's Christian Singers.

There are a number of similar songs including John Wrote The Revelation and some of the forms of John The Revelator.



Keith & Donna Godchaux

info Keith and Donna Godchaux, Keith and Donna Godchaux, 1975

Other recordings

no info Mitchell's Christian Singers, 1936
info The Gospel Sound, Various Artists (Mitchell's Christian Singers), 1994
info Mitchell's Christian Singers, Vol. 2: 1936-1938, Mitchell's Christian Singers, 1996
info Les 100 Plus Beaux Gospels, Various Artists (Mitchell's Christian Singers), 2002

Notes

The lyrics of Who Was John as performed by the Jerry Garcia Band are as follows;

Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Then angels came from heaven, down
See who would wear the crown
Seal up your book old John
John don't you write no more

You write down my name down John
He was a writer
You write down my name down John
He was a writer
You write down my name down John
He was a writer
Then angels came from heaven, down
See who would wear the crown
Seal up your book old John
John don't you write no more

He wrote the Revelations
He was a writer
He wrote the Revelations
He was a writer
He wrote the Revelations
He was a writer
Then angels came from heaven, down
See who would wear the crown
Seal up your book old John
John don't you write no more

Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Who was John, John?
He was a writer
Then angels came from heaven, down
See who would wear the crown
Seal up your book old John
John don't you write no more
Who was John is similar in some of it's lyrics to the blues song John The Revelator. The Blind Willie Johnson version of John The Revelator starts;
Well, who's that a-writing? John The Revelator
Who's that a-writing? John The Revelator
Who's that a-writing? John The Revelator
A book of the seven seals.

Tell me what's John a-writing? Ask The Revelator
What's John a-writing? Ask The Revelator
What's John a-writing? Ask The Revelator
A book of the seven seals.
 
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