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Song Name: John the Revelator By: Blind Willie Johnson
Posted By: EarthDogHarpin Difficulty: Beginner
Key: E Genre: Blues
Harp Type: Diatonic Audio: John the Revelator
Created: 2014-06-29 23:52:55 Modified: 2014-06-30 14:05:33
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John the Revelator (in CROSSHARP)
Recorded and Performed by Blind Willie Johnson
Recorded in the Key of E Major    Vocal Range: E4 to E5
Tabbed for a key of A Richter tuned diatonic played crossharp.
(but will likely work with any key Richter tuned diatonic).


Tab notations:
none = blow    - = draw    __ = hold    ~~ = gliss
-3_-4 = slur; slide smoothly from one note to the next


-4____ -4_   4   -3 4    -4_  -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Well,_ who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -3_-2  -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3___
Who’s that a-writ-in’_ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3_ 3_     -4  -4   -4
A book of_ the sev-en_ seals. Oh, tell me

-4_    4   -3 4    -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
what's John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4~~-2   -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 -2__
What’s John a-writ-in’___ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4    -4   -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
What’s John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3 3______
A book of_ the sev-en seals._

3     3 -3_4 -3_4 -3_-2__ 4    -3   4      -3 4  4_-3_-2__
Well, a-whoa-ooa_ Babe___ thou-sand cried, “A ho-ly,______

4    -3   4  4-3 -2__ 4   -3 4_-3 3____
moun-tain of bal-sam, Son of our_ God,_

-4    -4  -3 4-3 -2__ -4 -4  -3 -4_ 3
Daugh-ter of Zi_-on,_ Ju-dah the li-on,

6   6  6    6  -4   -3 4       -3 4    -3  -2     4 4    -3
the Re-deem-er said He brought us with the blood. A-tell me

-4_   4   -3 4    -4_  -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -3_-2 -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 -2__
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3_ 3_    
A book of_ the sev-en seals.___

3     3 -4     4   -3 4    -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Well, a-what's John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4~~-2   -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 -2__
What’s John a-writ-in’___ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4    -4   -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
What’s John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3 3______
A book of_ the sev-en seals._

3     4    -3_ 4  -3 4  4-3-2___ 4        -3 4  4_-3 -2___
Well, John the Rev-e-la-tor,____ straight ad-vo-ca__-tor,_

4      -3 4_-3 3_  -4  -4  -3 4-3 3____
catch ‘em on__ the bat-tle of Zi_-on,__

-3  -4   -4   -4  -4  3   -4    -4 -4  -4_3 3  4  -3
Oh, tell them the sto-ry, right in the glo_-ry of God,

6_    -4 -3 -4   6   -4   -3__   
Lord, to so love Him from high.

4    -3 -4_   4   -3 4    -4_  -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Tell me who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -3_-2 -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3__
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor)

-4_   4   -3 4   -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3_ 3_    
A book of_ the sev-en seals.___

3     3 -4     4   -3 4    -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Well, a-what's John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4~~-2   -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3__
What’s John a-writ-in’___ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4    -4   -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
What’s John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3 3______
A book of_ the sev-en seals._

-3    4   4  -3 4   -3__ 4    4   -3  4_____
Well, Mos-es to Mos_-es, watching the flock,

4   -3  4     4     -3   4   -3 3
saw the bush, where they had to stop.

4   4    4 -3   4    4   -3   4
God told Moses, pull off his_ shoes,

 4   4  -3  4      4    4   -3  3__
“Out of the flock, well you are Jews.”

-4   -4  -4_   4   -3 4    -4_  -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Tell me, who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -3_-2 -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3___
Who’s that a-writ-in’_(John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3_ 3_     -4  -4   -4
A book of_ the sev-en_ seals. Oh, tell me

-4     4   -3 4    -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
what's John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4~~-2   -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3___
What’s John a-writ-in’___ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4    -4   -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
What’s John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3 3______
A book of_ the sev-en seals._

3     3 -3_4 -3_4 -3_3__ 4    -3   4      -3 4  4_-3_-2__
Well, a-whoa-ooa_ Babe__ thou-sand cried, “A ho-ly,______

4    -3   4  4-3 3__  4   -3 4_-3 3____
moun-tain of bal-sam, Son of our_ God,_

-4    -4  -3 4-3 3__ -4 -4  -3  -4_ 3
Daugh-ter of Zi_-on, Ju-dah the li_-on,

6   6  6    6  -4   -3 4       -3 4    -3  3      4 4    -3
the Re-deem-er said He brought us with the blood. A-tell me

-4_   4   -3 4    -4_  -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_   4   -3 4   -3_-2 -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3__
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor)

-4_   4   -3 4   -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
Who’s that a-writ-in’ (John the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3_ 3_    
A book of_ the sev-en seals.___

3     3 -4     4   -3 4    -4_   -4_  -3  4  -3 4  -4__
Well, a-what's John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor_)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4~~-2   -4_  -3  4  -3 -3 3__
What’s John a-writ-in’___ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor)

-4_    4   -3 4    -4    -4   -3  4  -3 -4 -4~~-2
What’s John a-writ-in’ (‘Bout the Rev-e-la-tor___)

6 6    6_3 3   -3  -3 3______
A book of_ the sev-en seals._


American gospel-blues musician Blind Willie Johnson recorded

John the Revelator in 1930 as a vocal Duet
with Willie B. Harris, who sang the response portion
of the song. Considered one of the most influential and
powerful songs in all of pre-World War II acoustic music,
it has been hugely influential to subsequent blues performers.
A variety of artists have recorded their renditions of
the song, often with variations in the verses and music.


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