Battle of Armageddon

Hank Williams

About Battle of Armageddon

"The Battle of Armageddon" is a hymn written by Roy Acuff and Odell McLeod. It warns of the coming Judgment Day and references the Book of Revelation. The song became associated with Hank Williams when MGM Records released it as a posthumous single. Between January and May 1949, Williams had pre-recorded early morning radio shows for Johnnie Fair Syrup, and MGM issued several songs from the surviving acetates as singles to satisfy the unyielding demand product by the late country singer, who was quickly becoming a mythic figure in country music. Co-writer Roy Acuff had been a primary influence on Wiliams' music. Williams pronounces "Armageddon" as "Am-be-gotten" and usually ignored his producer Fred Rose's demands that he enunciate his words with more sophistication. 


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1989
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There's a mighty battle coming and it's well now on it's way
It'll be fought at Armageddon, it shall be a sad, sad day
In the Book of Revelation, words in Chapter 16 say
"There'll be gathered there, great armies for that battle on that day"

All the way from the gates of Eden to the battle of Armageddon
There's been troubles and tribulation, there'll be sorrow and despair
He has said, "Ye not be troubled for these things shall come to pass"
Then your life will be eternal when you dwell with Him at last

Turn the pages of your Bible, in St. Matthew you will see
Start with Chapter 24 and read from 1 to 33
In our Savior's blessed words he said on earth, he prophesied
For he spoke of this great battle that is coming by and by

All the way from the gates of Eden to the battle of Armageddon
There's been trials and tribulations, there'll be sorrow and despair
He has said, "Ye not be troubled for these things shall come to pass"
Then your life will be eternal when you dwell with Him at last

There'll be nation against nation, there'll be war and rumor of war
There'll be great signs in Heaven, in the sun, the moon, the stars
Oh, the hearts of been shall fail them, there'll be gnashing of the teeth
Those who seek it will receive it, mercy at the Savior's feet

All the way from the gates of Eden to the battle of Armageddon
There's been troubles and tribulation, there'll be sorrow and despair
He has said, "Ye not be troubled for these things shall come to pass"
Then your life will be eternal when you dwell with Him at last

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Hank Williams

Hank Williams (/hæŋk wɪljəmz /; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one. more »

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Written by: ACUFF, MCLEOD, Odell Mcleod, Roy Acuff

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Battle of Armageddon" is a classic gospel song composed and performed by Hank Williams, an American singer-songwriter and musician.
Genre
The song belongs to the genres of Country, Gospel, and Southern Gospel, reflecting Williams' deep southern roots and his early exposure to church music.
Release Year
The song was released posthumously as part of an album called "The Unreleased Recordings" in 2008. Despite Williams' death in 1953, his unreleased work continues to be shared with the public.
Lyrics
The lyrics of "Battle of Armageddon" adopt themes of religious prophecy, depicting the biblical end times mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The song talks about the final cosmic battle between good and evil.
Vocals
Hank Williams' country-tinged vocals and plaintive delivery in the song evoke a sense of impending doom and salvation, as interpreted in the Christian tradition.
Billboard Rank
Despite being released years after his death, Hank Williams' "The Unreleased Recordings" album, which features "Battle of Armageddon", made it to the Top 20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
Live Performances
Hank Williams never performed "Battle of Armageddon" live due to its posthumous release. However, the song has been covered by various artists in live performances.
Writing and Composition
Like many of Williams' songs, "Battle of Armageddon" is praised for its uncomplicated composition. Its simple yet profound storytelling through music reflects Williams' skill as a songwriter.
Musical Arrangement
The song's musical arrangement also follows traditional country and gospel settings, featuring a vocal-centric production, underlined by typical acoustic guitar riffs found in Williams' many other songs.
Legacy
Today, "Battle of Armageddon" is considered one of the many masterpieces by Hank Williams, further reinforcing his legacy as one of the most influential figures in American music.

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