HITLER AND HELL
by Rev. J. M. Gates
This is the text of a "sermon" that is, in fact a curse on Adolf Hitler. It was recorded during World War Two by the celebrated African American preacher Rev. J. M. Gates. The curse is chanted in a Baptist sermon cadence, a capella, call and response style. Gates is accompanied by two parishioners, an alto woman and a bass man; their responses are timed together but are independent of one another.
Hitler and Hell
Rev. J. M. Gates
Gates Woman Man I want to speak to you (Yeah) This morning (All right) (Well) From this subject: (Yes) (Well) Hitler (Yes) (Well) And Hell (Oh, yes) (Glory!) And when i speak (Yes) (Well) And sing (Yes) (Well) About Hitler (Yes, sir) (Well) I can't help (Yeah?) (Tell us about it!) But thinkin about Hell (Yes) (Well) Hitler (Oh, yes) (Hallelujah!) and Hell (Oh, yes!) (And Hell!) They tell me (Well) (Well) That he's a man (Well, yes) (Well) Who lives (Yes) (Lives) In a storm [cellar] (Oh, yes) (Well) And has (Yes, sir) (Talk about it!) his elevator (Yes, sir) (Well) service (Yeah) (Yeah) to go (Yeah) (Yeah) from one (Oh, yeah) (Yeah) station (Yes, sir) (Glory!) to another (Oh, yes) (Hallellujah!) in his town (Oh, Lord) (Now) Now, i'm tellin you (Oh, Lord) (Pull up there!) This mornin (Yes, sir) (Well) That he (Yes, sir) (Hallellujah!) is the dictator (Oh, yeah) (Well) of Germany (Yes, sir) (Well) Hitler, (Oh, you!) (Well) You must come down! (Oh, yes!) (Must come down!) You must come down! (Yes) (Well) I'm saying to you (Yes) (Well) As you (Mmmm-mmmm) (Glory!) Sit back (Oh, Lord) (Hallelujah!) In your easy chair (Yes, God!) (Well) While men (Yeah) (Well) Is dyin (Yes, sir!) (Pull up!) On the battlefield (Oh, yes) (Hallelujah!) You (You) (Well) Can easy (Oh, Lord) (Now) Be (Yes, sir!) (Well) Tied (Oh, yes!) (Well) As the Devil (Yes, sir) (Now) On Earth (Oh, yes!) (Oh, yes!) Hitler (Oh, yes) (Well) And Hell (Oh, yes!) (And Hell!) You (You!) (You!) That speak (Oh, yeah) (Well) The policies (Oh, Lord) (Policies) For your country (Oh, Lord) (Well) Hitler (Yes, sir) (Well) And Hell (Yes, sir!) (And Hell!) You (Oh, yes) (Well) Say, "Go!" -- (Yes!) (Glory!) Men must go; (Yes, sir!) (Pull up there!) Say, "Come" -- (Yes, sir) (Well) Then they must come (Oh, Lord) (Hallelujah!) You, (Yes, sir!) (You!) If you order them, (Oh yes, sir) (Well) Their (Oh, yes) (Yes) Necks (Yes, sir) (Yes) Separate (Oh, Lord) (Yes) From their bodies, (Oh, Lord) (Help me, Lord!) It must be done (Yes) (Amen!) Hitler, (Oh, yes) (Well) You must come down! (Oh yes, you must) (Must come down!) You, you too high (Oh, yes) (Well) There'a only one God (Oh, yes) (Well) And you must come down! (Yes, sir!) (Hallelujah!) I'm thinkin now (Oh, Lord) (Well) Of innocent (Oh, Lord) (Innocent) Children (Oh, Lord) (Yes) And Womens dyin (Yes, sir) (Yes) All over (Yes!) (Pull up there!) The land and country (Yes, sir) (Hallelujah!) As (Yes, sir) (Well) You come crushin through (Oh, yes) (Now) Like the Demon of Hell (Yes, sir) (Yes) On Earth (Oh, yeah!) (Well) Hitler, (Oh, yes) (Well) You must come down! (Yes, you must!) (Pull up there!) Soon, (Oh, yeah) (Glory!) Sooner or late (Oh, yeah) (Hallelujah!) You must pay the price (Yes, sir!) (Well) At the judgement bar (Oh, Lord) (Hallelujah!)
(Sung in harmony by all three voices)
Hitler, God's got his eyes on you
Hitler, God's got his eyes on you
Well, he sees all you do (Lord)
And He hears every word you say
Hitler, God's got his eyes on you
You is a stand-in (Yes, sir!) (Well) Lib'ary (Oh, yes) (Pull up!) For your peoples in Germany (Oh, yeah) (Oh, you is) You (Yes, sir!) (Well) Is a walkin (Oh, yeah!) (Hallelujah!) And talkin (Oh, Lord) (Hallelujah!) Inside torpedoes (Sir) (Pull up there!) For your peoples in Germany (Yes!) (Yeah) You (Oh, yeah!) (Yes!) Must come down! (Oh, yes!) (Must come down!)
For a more conditional curse, see also:
"Will You Spend Your Eternity in Hell?"
by "Black Billy Sunday" -- Reverend Dr. J. Gordon McPherson
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