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Rain Down on Me (John The Revelator) (Lyrics)

This is the song that the now famous JTR originated from.

There is evidence of the riff originating in 1998, but the song itself was hashed out during Dave Matthews' collaboration with Carlos Santana in the studio sessions for the album 'Supernatural' released in 1999. While this song never made it onto the album, it surfaced live during a few Dave and Tim and full band shows in 1999, 4 out of 5 of which Carlos Santana guested on.

During the Lillywhite studio sessions prior to the summer tour of 2000, the "John the Revelator" lyrics were removed so the title was shortened to "JTR."

While the riff of the song is original, the final verse comes from a traditional gospel song.

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John The Revelator

Come fill me up,
Oh when I'm dry and cold, when i'm emptied out.
With voice I shout
Oh when my words come, listen there upon.
I play my cards
But it's by the grace of God that I play my cards at all.
Come fill me up;
Oh, fill me when I'm empty, when I'm all dried out.

Now rain, rain, rain down on me;
Again, and again,
Rain down on me.

Oh I see it now;
When I saw you standing there like an angel you came down
To fill me up.
Oh fill me now, oh darkness and light fill me now

Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the book of seven seas
Oh rain, rain, rain down on me
again, and again
Oh, rain down on me

Oh I see it now
Oh tell them all, tell them all line up and drink the blood
I see it now
It's like the devil and the lord go dancin' arm in arm

Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the book of seven seas

Oh rain, rain, rain down on me
Again, and again
Oh, rain down on me

Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Who's that writing? John the Revelator
Wrote the book of the seven seas.

 

Alternate Lyrics from 03.14.1999

come fill me up
oh when i'm dry and cold
and when i'm emptied out
with voice i shout
oh and awaits a listener
my words to land upon

i play my cards
but it's by the grace of love
that i play my cards at all
come fill me up
oh when i'm dry and cold
and when i'm emptied out

come rain, rain, rain down on me
again and again
rain down on me

oh i see you now
tell them all tell them all
line up and drink her blood
i see it now
it's like the devil and the lord
go dancing on and on

who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
wrote the book of the seven seas

oh rain, rain, rain down on me
again and again
oh rain down on me

did i dream you up
oh when i saw you standing there
like an angel you came down
to wake me up
oh darkness fill me now
with the lightness of your heart

who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
wrote the book of the seven seas

oh rain, rain, rain down on me
again and again
oh rain down on me

who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
who's that writing
john the revelator
wrote the book of the seven seas

oh rain, rain, rain down on me
again and again
rain down on me

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