The Esquires – Judgement Day (1966, Glenvalley Rec.105)
Here we have the classic ultra-awesome Judgement Day by The Esquires from Dallas, Texas. The year is 1966. The label is the DIY Glenvalley Records. Dad set the label up, managed them and bought there equipment. Only 1000 copies were pressed and the record was sold at their local roller-rink performances.
The Esquires were formed on a Saturday morning in the Spring of 1965 when Richard Thornbury and Charley Snellings got together for the first time to jam. Here is the band’s lineup: Chuck Snellings-Lead guitar, vocals, Richard Thornbury-Drums/vocals, Wes Horne- Rhythm guitar, vocals, Bill Lusby-Bass,1965, Terry Hall-bass 1966-1974, Jan Hergert- Farfisa Organ(1966-67).
It’s really hard to imagine what Singer/lead guitarist Charlie Snellings and rhythm guitarist Wes Horne were thinking when they wrote the words to this devil-comes-a-knockin’ tale. Perhaps it was taken from a baptist sermon in the religious Dallas suburbs. Perhaps they were just feeling a little devilish. Here are the lyrics to the Esquires’ Judgement Day.
Judgement day – The Esquires
All through life you laugh and say
there is no such thing as judgement day
one night as you lay sleeping on your pillow.
And voices start coming through the wall
and you think back but you can’t recall
ever hearing those words ever spoken.
They say ‘brother your time has come
your soul must leave, your body is done.
You say ‘what sin have I done to deserve this?’.
You say ‘I’m not ready to be taken, nor be to winged my way to heaven’.
Say brother it’s not heaven but hell that’s waiting. Yeah.
And a hole opens up in the wall and that familiar voice does call that says ‘brother, follow’.
And down that dark pathway you tried
to leave your world of sin and pride
and then you see that light up ahead.
You say ‘it’s heaven! I can win!’,
then you feel that heat on your skin
and then you know
where you’re backed off. Yeah!