TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY

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  • TWELVE GATES TO THE CITY
    “Twelve Gates to the City” is a gospel song, and was a showpiece for the Reverend Gary
    Davis in his live shows. The image of the heavenly city may possibly be derived from
    Chapter 21 of the Apocalypse, but the twelve gates of the city, three on each side, are
    unquestionably taken from Ezekiel 48:30-34 in the bible. From the bible it says: The
    twelve gates were twelve pearls, and each gate was made of a single pearl. The street of
    the city was made of pure gold, as clear as glass.
    Oh, what a beautiful city
    Oh, what a beautiful city
    Oh, what a beautiful city
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    And it’s oh, what a beautiful
    Oh
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    There’s three gates in the East
    There’s three gates in the West
    There’s three gates in the North
    There’s three gates in the South
    That makes twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    And it’s oh, what a beautiful
    Oh
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
    Oh
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    If you see my dear old mother
    Won’t you do this favor for me
    Won’t you please tell my mother
    To meet me in Galilee
    Well, it’s twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful
    Yeah
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
  • God Almighty!
    What you talkin’ ’bout?
    Oh, Lordy
    Whoo!
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful
    Whoa!
    Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah
    Oh Lord, what a beauty
    Whoa!
    Oh Lord, what a beauty
    Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah