Jesus Christ Superstar Theme
Authors for Jesus Christ Superstar was Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). I have saved some files with chords for this rock opera that were posted on the Net earlier; here is a repost. Hopefully the original poster's name is still in there somewhere! The complete lyrics to Jesus Christ Superstar is found on the original 1970 album, with Murray Head as Judas and Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) as Jesus. I think the CD reissue has the lyrics as well, but I am not sure. (The original version lacks one song that was added in the movie, called "Then We are Decided" or something similiar.) -- Trond J. Stroem firstname.lastname@example.org ---------------------------cut here-------------------------------- ************************************************** SONGS FROM "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR : A ROCK OPERA" By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice ~From: jloya@World.Std.Com (Jim Loya) ************************************************** Songs included: * Heaven on Their Minds * Everything's Alright * Hosanna * Pilate's Dream * I Don't Know How to Love Him * Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) * The Last Supper * King Herod's Song These are sketchy and a little "thrown-together" because I don't have the time to be more verbose... perhaps in the future... The songs that I included are in the order that they appear in the show. All Jesus Christ Superstar Music and Lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (C) 1970 by Leeds Music Limited. Questions and comments welcome. I've done this show about a dozen times in the past 15 years, and I pretty much know it inside and out. -Jim Loya (email@example.com) HEAVEN ON THEIR MINDS (Judas) [4/4, Chords played over the Eb-Cm-Dm-Eb-Cm progression/bass riff] Dm F G My mind is clearer now at last all to well F G Dm I can see where we all soon will be Dm F G If you strip away the myth from the man F G Dm You will see where we all soon will be Dm Em Jesus! You've started to believe the things they say of you F G Dm You really do believe this talk of God is true Dm Em And all the good you've done will soon get swept away F G Dm You've begun to matter more than the things you say Dm F Listen Jesus I don't like what I see Dm G All I ask is that you listen to me Bb C F A And remember I've been your right-hand man all along Dm Bb You have set them all on fire F They think they've found the new Messiah D/A A+ A Bb Dm7 And they'll hurt you when they find their wrong Dm F I remember when this whole thing began Dm G No talk of God then we called you a man Bb C F A And believe me my admiration for you hasn't died Dm Bb But ev'ry word you say today F Gets twisted 'round some other way D/A A+ A Bb Dm7 And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied [in 7/8] Bb F Gm Dm Nazareth your famous son should have stayed a great unknown Gm Dm/A A Dm Like his father carving wood he'd have made good Bb F Gm Dm Tables chairs and oaken chests would have suited Jesus best Gm Dm/A A Dm He'd have caused nobody harm -- no one alarm back to 4/4] Dm F Listen Jesus do you care for your race? Dm G Don't you see we must keep in our place? Bb C F A We are occupied -- have you forgotten how put down we are? Dm Bb I am frightened by the crowd F For we are getting much too loud Dm/A A+ A Bb Dm7 And they'll crush us if we go too far [back to 7/8, instrumental break repeating previous 7/8 bridge] [back to 4/4] Dm F Listen Jesus to the warning I give Dm G Please remember that I want us to live Bb C F A But it's sad to see our chances weakening with every hour Dm Bb All your followers are blind F Too much heaven on their minds Dm/A A+ A Bb It was beautiful but now it's sour Dm Bb7M Yes it's all gone sour... ---------------- EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT (Mary, Jesus, Judas) [in 5/4] [Mary] E B7 C#m A Try not to get worried, try not to turn on to problems that upset you oh B7 E A B E Don't you know everything's alright yes, everything's fine A Bsus4 E A B E And we want you to sleep well tonight A Bsus4 E A B E Let the world turn without you tonight A Bsus4 E Am Em Am Bm E If we try we'll get by so forget about all us tonight A B E A B Everything's alright, yes, everything's fine [Judas] Em D C D Woman your fine ointment -- brand new and expensive Em C D Em could have been saved for the poor Em D C D Why has it been wasted -- we could have raised maybe Em C D Em Three hundred silver pieces or more Am D G C People who are hungry, people who are starving Em B B7sus4 B7 Matter more than your feet and hair [Mary] E B7 Sleep and I shall soothe you, calm you and annoint you C#m A Myrrh for your hot forehead oh B7 E A B E Don't you know everything's alright yes everything's fine A Bsus4 E A B E And it's cool and the ointment's sweet A Bsus4 E A B E For the fire in your head and feet A Bsus4 E Am Em Am Bm E Close your eyes, close your eyes and relax, think of nothing tonight A B E A B Everything's alright, yes, everything's fine [Jesus] Em D C D Surely you're not saying we have the resources Em C D Em to save the poor from their lot? Em D C D There will be poor always, pathetically struggling Em C D Em Look at the good things you've got! Am D Think! while you still have me G C Move! while you still see me B You'll be lost Bsus4 B You'll be so so sorry Bsus4 B Bsus4 When I'm gone [Mary] E B7 Sleep and I shall soothe you, calm you and annoint you C#m A Myrrh for your hot forehead oh B7 E A B E Don't you know everything's alright yes everything's fine A Bsus4 E A B E And it's cool and the ointment's sweet A Bsus4 E A B E For the fire in your head and feet A Bsus4 E Am Em Am Bm Close your eyes, close your eyes and relax, think of nothing tonight E A B Em Close your eyes, close your eyes and relax (repeat, repeat, et al) ------------ HOSANNA (Crowd, Jesus, Caiaphas) [in 4/4] [Crowd] G D G Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho Bb Eb Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna Ebm Em Hey J.C., J.C. won't you smile at me? Cm Ab D G Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar [Caiaphas] Cm B Cm B Tell this rabble to be quiet we anticipate a riot Bb Bb(B5) Bb G This common crowd is much too loud Cm B Cm B Tell the mob who sing your song that they are fools and they are wrong Bb Bb(B5) Bb G They are a curse -- they should disperse [Crowd] G D G Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho Bb Eb Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna Ebm Em Hey J.C., J.C. you're alright by me Cm Ab D G C Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar [Jesus] G D G Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd? Bb F Bb Gm Nothing can be done to stop the shouting Dm A D A If every tongue was still the noise would still continue D A D D/C Bm D7/A The rocks and stones themselves would start to sing [Jesus & Crowd] G D G Hosanna Heysanna Sanna Sanna Ho Bb Eb Sanna Hey Sanna Ho Sanna Ebm Em Hey J.C., J.C. won't you fight for me? Cm Ab D G Sanna Ho Sanna Hey Superstar Ending: D7 G Am D7 G -------------------- PILATE'S DREAM (Pilate) [4/4] Bbm Ebm Ab7 I dreamed I met a Galilean Bbm B A most amazing man F7 F7 F# Ebm6 He had that look you very rarely find F7 Bbm The haunting, hunted kind Bbm Ebm Ab7 I asked him to say what had happened Bbm B How it all began F7 F7 F# Ebm6 I asked again, he never said a word F7 Bbm As if he hadn't heard Bb Bb7 And next the room was full Ebm Ab of wild and angry men Ab7 they seemed to hate this man C# (tacet) they fell on him and then F7 (tacet) they disappeared again Bbm Ebm Ab7 Then I saw thousands of millions Bbm B crying for this man F7 F# Ebm6 And then I heard them mentioning my name F7 Bbm And leaving me the blame ~From: JLoya@World.Std.Com (Jim Loya) ~Subject: CRD: Jesus Christ Superstar Stuff (Part 2) ~Date: Thu, 14 Apr 1994 16:53:11 GMT This post includes: "I Don't Know How To Love Him" "The Last Supper" "I Only Want To Say (Gethsemane)" and "King Herod's Song" These are sketchy and a little "thrown-together" because I don't have the time to be more verbose... perhaps in the future... The songs that I included are in the order that they appear in the show. All Jesus Christ Superstar Music and Lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (C) 1970 by Leeds Music Limited. Questions and comments welcome. I've done this show about a dozen times in the past 15 years, and I pretty much know it inside and out. -Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org) I DON'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM (Mary Magdalene) Note: The A9 in the last measure of each verse is actually an "A9sus (no G)" Try fitting THAT over the word "else". Ah, limitations, limitations. The chord is actually very easy to play if you use some untraditional fingering/positioning across the progression of that line of the verse. [in 4/4] D G D G D I don't know how to love him G G6 D/A A What to do, how to move him D/F# A D I've been changed, yes really changed A F#m7 Bm F#m7 Bm In these past few days when I've seen myself G D/F# Em D A9 I seem like someone else D G D G D I don't know how to take this G G6 D/A A I don't see why he moves me D/F# A D He's a man, he's just a man A F#m7 Bm F#m7 Bm And I've had so many men before G D/F# Em D A9 A In ve - ry ma - ny ways G D/F# Em7 D He's just one more [PSEUDOBRIDGE] G F#7 Should I bring him down Bm Should I scream and shout Bm/A G Should I speak of love D/A Let my feelings out? C G D I never thought I'd come to this G D/F# Em A9 -> A What's it all about? D G D G D Don't you think it's rather funny G G6 D/A A I should be in this position? D/F# A D I'm the one who's always been A F#m7 Bm7 F#m7 Bm7 So calm, so cool, no lover's fool G D/F# Em D A9 A Running every show G D/F# Em7 D He scares me so D G D G D Yet if he said he loved me G G6 D A I'd be lost, I'd be frightened D/F# A D I couldn't cope, just couldn't cope F#m7 Bm7 F#m7 Bm7 I'd turn my head, I'd back away G D/F# Em D A9 A I wouldn't want to know G D/F# Em7 D He scares me so G D/F# Em7 D I want him so G D/F# Em7 D I love him so --------------------------- THE LAST SUPPER (Apostles) [in 4/4] [verse 1] G D Em G/D Look at all my trials and tribulations C Gsus4/B G/B Am D Sinking in a gentle pool of wine G B7/F# Don't disturb me now Em G7/D G9/D I can see the an - swers G7 G9 C C6 C7M D9 Till this evening is this morning G D7 Life is fine [verse 2] G D Em G/D Always hoped that I'd be an apostle C Gsus4/B G/B Am D Knew that I would make it if I tried G B7/F# Em G7/D G9/D Then when we retire we can write the gos - pels G7 G9 C C6 C7M D9 G So they'll still talk a - bout us when we've died [verse 3] G D Em G/D Look at all my trials and tribulations C Gsus4/B G/B Am D Sinking in a gentle pool of wine G B7/F# What's that in the bread? Em G7/D G9/D It's gone to my he - ad G7 G9 C C6 C7M D9 Till this evening is this morning G D7 Life is fine I ONLY WANT TO SAY (GETHSEMANE) (Jesus) (IMHO this is probably THE most powerful piece in the entire show. A true perfect blend of Lloyd-Webber and Rice at their finest! This is a difficult tune to put into ASCII, mainly because the bulk of the piece is arranged orchestral, and even on piano it's hard to capture the magic of this work... here goes nothing... ad lib where deemed appropriate) [in 4/4, Bb] [verse] Bbm Bbm/Ab Bbm/F# Bbm/F I only want to say Ebm Ebm/C# Ebm/C Ebm/Bb If there is a way Ab Absus Ab Dbsus C# Take this cup a - way from me F F+ F Bbmsus Bbm F# For I don't want to taste its poison -- feel it burn me Bbm/F C7 F F+ F7 F I have changed, I'm not as sure as when we started Bbm Bbm/Ab Bbm/F# Bbm/F Then I was inspired Ebm Ebm/C# Ebm/C Ebm/Bb Now I'm sad and tired Ab Absus Ab Dbsus C# F F+ F Listen, sure - ly I've exceeded expectations Bbmsus Bbm F# Tried for three years -- seems like thirty Bbm/F F Bbm Could you ask as much from any other man? [sub-verse] Bbm Ab F# F But if I die Bbm Ab F# F See the saga through and do the things you ask of me Bbm Ab F# F Let them hate me, hit me, hurt me, nail me to their tree Bbm Eb7 I'd wanna know I'd wanna know my God (x2) Bbm Eb7 I'd wanna see I'd wanna see my God (x2) Bbm Ab F# F Why I should die Bbm Ab F# F Would I be more noticed than I ever was before? Bbm Ab F# F Would the things I've said and done matter any more? Bbm Eb7 I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord (x2) Bbm Eb7 I'd have to see I'd have to see my Lord (x2) [key change to C] Cm F7 If I die what would be my reward? (x2) Cm F I'd have to know I'd have to know my Lord (x2) Cm Bb Ab G Cm Bb Ab G Why should I die? Why should I die? Cm Bb Ab G Can you show me now that I would not be killed in vain? Cm Bb Ab G Show me just a little of your omnipresent brain Cm Bb Ab G Show me there's a reason for your wanting me to die Cm Bb Ab G You're far too keen on where and how and not so hot on why [repeat Cm - Bb - Ab - G progression] Alright I'll die! Just watch me die! See how I die! See how I die! [Instrumental orchestra break in 5/8 -- Cm Bbsus Ab G] [Break last round at Ab - Tacet - return to initial tempo in Cm] Cm Cm/Bb Cm/Ab Cm/G Fm Fm/Eb Fm/D Fm/C Then I was inspired, now I'm sad and tired Bb Bbsus Ebsus Eb G G+ G After all, I've tried for three years seems like ninety Cm Ab Cm/G Why then am I scared to finish what I started D7 D7-9 G What you started -- I didn't start it Cm Cm/Bb Cm/Ab Cm/G Fm Fm/Eb Fm/Eb Fm/D Fm7/C God, thy will is hard but you hold every card Bb Bbsus Ebsus Eb I will drink your cup of poison G G+ G Cm Ab Nail me to your cross and break me, bleed me, beat me Cm/G G7 G+ G7 G7sus4 G7 Ab Fm G7sus4 Cm Kill me -- take me now before I change my mind KING HEROD'S SONG (Herod) [in 4/4] NOTE: The E6 floating about is actually an E6 (no B), and likewise the F6 floating about is actually an F6 (no C), and likewise the G6 floating about is actually a G6 (no D). Aren't key changes wonderful? Feel like this is a Barry Manilow tune. :> F#m F#m/E D A Jesus I am overjoyed to meet you face to face F#m F#m/E D A You've been getting quite a name all around the place F#m C#m D A Healing cripples, raising from the dead D A/C# Bm A D A/C# Bm7 E7 And now I understand you're God -- at least that's what you've said A B7 So you are the Christ you're the great Jesus Christ E6 E A (tacet) Prove to me that you're divine -- change my water into wine A B7 E6 That's all you need do and I'll know it's all true E7 E6 E9 A C'mon King of the Jews F#m F#m/E D A Jesus you just won't believe the hit you've made 'round here F#m F#m/E D A You are all we talk about, the wonder of the year F#m C#m D A Oh what a pity if that's all a lie D A/C# Bm A D A/C# Bm7 E9 E7 Still I'm sure that you can rock the cynics if you try A B7 So you are the Christ you're the great Jesus Christ E6 E A (tacet) Prove to me that you're no fool -- walk across my swimming pool A B7 E6 If you do that for me then I'll let you go free E7 E6 E9 A C'mon King of the Jews [Instrumental Break (follow chorus progression)] [key change] Gm Gm/F Eb Bb I only ask things I'd ask any superstar Gm Gm/F Eb Bb What is it that you have got that puts you where you are? Gm Dm Eb Bb I am waiting, yes I'm a captive fan Eb Bb/D Cm Bb Eb Bb/D Cm7 F9 I'm dying to be shown that you are not just any man F7 Bb C7 So you are the Christ yes the great Jesus Christ F6 F Bb (tacet) Feed my household with this bread -- you can do it on your head Bb C7 Or has something gone wrong? Why do you take so long? F6 F7 F6 F9 Bb C'mon King of the Jews [stop, mood shift] G D7 G7 C D7 Hey! Aren't you scared of me Christ? Mister Wonderful Christ! G6 G C (tacet) You're a joke, you're not the Lord! You're nothing but a fraud! C D7 Take him away he's got nothing to say G6 B/G G7 (tacet) Get out you king of the -- GET OUT! G6 B/G G7 C Get out you king of the Jews! D7 Get out you king of the Jews! G7 C Get out of my life!