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Twelve Gates - James Durst

from Seeking Freedom, Peace, and Justice

Twelve Gates

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

Three gates in the east
Three gates in the west
Three gates in the north
And three gates in the south
There's twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

Our city of vision is alive with green
Where the streets and the air and the water are clean
Where living is creative and safe and fun
With sustenance and shelter for everyone
And there's twelve gates to the city, alleluia

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

Before the New World Order takes the earth by storm
We've got to fill in our new world order form
As human beings we were born with choice
But to make a diff'rence we must use our voice
And there's twelve gates to the city, alleluia

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

Just as we walk through the woods and praise the song of each bird
In our habitat choir every voice shall be heard
And as we plant our vision in this fertile earth
It's here our garden of hope shall enjoy its birth
And there's twelve gates to the city, alleluia

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

Three gates in the east
Three gates in the west
Three gates in the north
And three gates in the south
There's twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

REFRAIN
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Oh, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city
Alleluia

--Music Traditional/Rev. Gary Davis, New Verses & Arr. James Durst © 1996 PhoeniXongs ASCAP

updated: 9 years ago