Words & Music by Bob Ryan, Laurel DeWitt, Mike Ward, Auberte Campeau and Eugene Smith (C)1996. Except the phrases in quotation marks which are excerpts from the writings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet/Founder of the Baha'i Faith, quoted from the book, "The Dawnbreakers", p631.
The acoustic guitar, harmonica and bass were recorded at Lightkeeper Music Recording Studios (Penticton) in 2007, and the vocals and percussion were added in 2022 at the Victoria studios.
Bob Ryan: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals & Percussion.
Mike Ward: Harmonica
Dave Sopel: Electric Bass
The story of "The Black Pit" speaks of the events surrounding the months of imprisonment of Baha'u'llah in the infamous prison of Tehran, Persia named "The Black Pit" in 1852.
Deep in the Black Pit of Tehran
Hidden from the sight of man
He was chained with prisoners all around
And they pierced the walls
With the powerful sound of singing
He was teaching
He was teaching them all to sing
“God is sufficient unto me…”
“In Him let the trusting trust”
Every night, all night long, voices would ring
‘Till they reached the ears of the Persian king
Who wondered what this sound could mean?
Well the Maid of Heaven brought Baha’u’llah
Tidings from Almighty God
Like a torrent flowing from a high mountain peak
He was bound with chains so we could be free
Singing: Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
“God is sufficient unto me;
He verily is the All-sufficing!
In Him let the trusting trust.”
He’s teaching us all to sing
[The phrases in quotation marks are excerpts from the writings of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet/Founder of the Baha'i Faith. From, "The Dawnbreakers", p631]