Hot Gates

I love this song.  Not because of all the horrific events that these places refer to, but because in spite of everything that is wrong in this world, we have HOPE – expecting an eternity in which all of these senseless deaths will be overcome because of the giver of Life. (John 14:6, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 John 4:4)

 

London, Paris, Rome, Berlin
Barcelona, Washington
Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo
Jerusalem, Jericho

Waco, wake oh, Bethlehem
Srebrenica, Sebokeng
Sarajevo, oh, Saigon
Hiroshima, Rubicon

I can see a fiery, fiery glow
even as the sun is sinking low;
I can see a horseman on the run…
Oh, my daughter, oh, my son.

Boer War painting

Dunkirk, Dover, Normandy
Frankfurt, New York, Lockerbie
Amajuba, Bellevue
Chappaquiddick, Waterloo

Bucharest, Saint Petersburg
Heilbron, Hobhouse*, Gettysburg
Belfast, Budapest, Baghdad
Berchtesgaden, Stalingrad

Chorus

Carthage, Dresden, Babylon
Sharpeville, My Lai, Boipatong
Delville Wood, El Alamein
St. Helena, Mitchells Plain

Balaclava, Austerlitz
Belsen, Buchenwald, Auschwitz
Nagasaki, oh Versailles
Armageddon, Thermopylae

Chorus

There’s another song that will be sung, (Rev. 14:3)
there’s another bell that must be rung!
(1 Cor. 15:51-57)
There’s another City, I’ve been told, (Rev. 21:2)
where the streets are paved with gold! (Rev. 21:21)

nehemiah-new-jerusalem

There’s another City, I’ve been told, (Rev. 21:2)
where the streets are paved with gold! (Rev. 21:21)

~ Written by:  Christopher Torr
Performed by:  Laurika Rauch ~

* Emily Hobhouse is very much synonymous to the British concentration camps in South Africa during the Second Boer War.  Although the whole song mentions places, the reference to her as a person reminds of all the concentration camps across South Africa during this time.

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