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Thread #61042   Message #978728
Posted By: masato sakurai
07-Jul-03 - 09:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: I, John (Saw a Mighty Number)
Subject: RE: I, John (Saw A Mighty Number) - Elvis
"Way up in the middle of the air" is a repeated line in the lyrics of "Ezekiel Saw The Wheel." The "three gates in the east" stanza is also in "Twelve Gates to the City." The biblical source is Revelation 21.

Recordings before WWII (according to Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943, 4th ed., Oxford) include:
John Saw -- Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (1943)
John Saw A Number -- Elder Curry (1930); Rev. J.M. Gates (1930)
John Saw Dat/That Number -- Louise Du Boise (1939); Vera Hall (1937); Dock Reed (1939, 1940); Robert Lee Robertson (1939)
John Done Saw That Holy Number -- Rev. M.L. Gipson (1927)
John Done Saw That Number -- Vera Hall (1939)