Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Prince - Seven

The wonderful song 'Seven' by Prince has been a regular feature in my cassette/CD/iPod playlist for many years. But it was only yesterday that I got round to trying to identify the texts behind the imaggery. Comments are welcome:


All 7 and we'll watch them fall

Revelation 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God."

They stand in the way of love and we will smoke them all

Revelation 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning;

With an intellect and a savoir-faire

No one in the whole universe will ever compare

Revelation 18:17-18 And all shipmasters and seafarers, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, "What city was like the great city?"

I am yours now and U are mine

Revelation 3:5 I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels.

And 2gether we'll love through all space and time

So don't cry

Revelation 21:3-4 God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.

One day all 7 will die

Revelation 12:3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

Revelation 12:7-9 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world-- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.


And I saw an angel come down unto me

Revelation 20:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.

And in her hand she holds the very key

Words of compassion, words of peace

Revelation 3:1 These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars:

And in the distance an army's marching feet (Hut 2 3 4, hut 2 3 4)

Revelation 19:19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider on the horse and against his army.

But behold, we will watch them fall

Revelation 19:20-21 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword that came from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

And we lay down on the sand of the sea

Revelation 12:18 Then the dragon took his stand on the sand of the seashore.

And before us animosity will stand and decree

Revelation 13:5-6 The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

That we speak not of love, only blasphemy

And in the distance, 6 others will curse me

Revelation 17:9-10 the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, 10 of whom five have fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain only a little while.

But that's alright (that's alright), 4 I will watch them fall

Revelation 18:2 "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!”

(1 2 3 4 5 6 7)


(Never grow old)

And we will see a plague and a river of blood

Revelation 15:1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.

Revelation 14:20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the wine press, as high as a horse's bridle, for a distance of about two hundred miles.

And every evil soul will surely die in spite of

Revelation 20:9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from heaven and consumed them.

Their 7 tears, but do not fear

4 in the distance, 12 souls from now

Revelation 22:2 On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

U and me will still be here - we will still be here

There will be a new city with the streets of gold

Revelation 21:2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Revelation 21:21 and the street of the city is pure gold,

The young so educated they never grow old

Revelation 21:4 Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.

And ah… there will be no death 4 with every breath

The voice of many colors sings a song that's so bold

Revelation 14:2-3 And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth.

Sing it while we watch them fall (Fall)


(Never grow old) {x3}

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