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Superstar Lyrics

Artist: Jesus Christ Superstar
Album: Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack

Voice of Judas
Every time I look at you
I don't understand
Why you let the things you did
Get so out of hand
You'd have managed better
If you'd had it planned
Now why'd you choose such a backward time
And such a strange land?

If you'd come today
You could have reached the whole nation
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication
Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now
Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now
Don't you get me wrong

Only want to know
Only want to know
Only want to know, now
Only want to know
Only want to know
Only want to know
Only want to know, now
Only want to know

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?

Tell me what you think
About your friends at the top
Now who d'you think besides yourself
Was the pick of the crop?
Buddah was he where it's at?
Is he where you are?
Could Muhammmed move a mountain
Or was that just PR?
Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or
Did you know your messy death
Would be a record breaker?

Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong Don't you get me wrong
Don't you get me wrong, now Don't you get me wrong

Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know, now Only want to know
Only want to know Only want to know
Only want to know, now I only want to know

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?
Jesus Christ
Do you think you're what they say you are?


by molly morris and jodie garside on 5/11/2008 3:53am
love your song it is great to sing its realy calming

sorry to say we are nine year olds
by Lulu on 5/13/2008 11:04am
luvvv the song!!!
by rosene on 5/16/2008 12:09pm
clearly, judas had so many doubts about Jesus. his faith was not strong.
loved the song! ALW, i believe you are a genius!!!
by RB on 5/20/2008 10:30pm
This song degrades the Deity of Jesus Christ. Whoever made up the lyrics of the song doesn't know what he's talking about. I don't care if it was Andrew Lloyd Webber. He doesn't know what he's talking about.
"Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or"
God does not make any mistakes. Don't you judge His reasoning because he knows more than everything our little brains are ever capable of.
by Annabel Ziegeler on 5/21/2008 5:42pm
I loved the movie so i decided to come here to get the lyrics. This website is so efficent i would recommend it to anyone.
by elaine on 5/22/2008 2:37pm
this song talks like you could ever imagine
by Cynthia on 5/24/2008 12:59pm
I love JCS! This song rocks! The messages and the points made in it are amazing!
by do on 6/7/2008 3:46am
RB's a fag
by Tyra Banks on 6/10/2008 1:40am
I love this song! Me and Ms J love to listen to this song a a lot but of course not during panel!
by JVF on 6/12/2008 8:56pm
The song reaches in to my soul and moves me; it and I imagine Jesus just smiling as He looks down and see's us rejoice in Him:)
by RG on 6/13/2008 10:30pm
I am in the play right now and this is probally the best song in the hole thing:)
by BJM on 6/15/2008 7:10pm
Hi. I just saw the play today, and I love this song so much. I am 11 years old turning 12 and I'm an altar server for 3 years. I go to Catholic school and i know a lot about the faith.
by Vince on 6/17/2008 9:00am
ok this is to RB, no offense, but it's just a movie. It was meant for Judas to not understand. He was questioning Jesus, when only God knows. That was the whole stinking point of the movie.
by RB is DUMB (Comment above) on 6/18/2008 5:35am
Get your FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU GO PICKING A FIGHT, AND DON'T TRY TO FORCE ME TO BELIEVE BY STATING HE IS REAL! Thw whole piont is the Judas does not understand, understand?

(If ppl as dumb as RB will get into heaven, it would be enough to make me change religions, if i had one..)
by Zeke on 6/18/2008 12:48pm
RB, do you even know the meaning if deity? As Vince said, it's just a movie.
by Greg, Orange Australia on 6/20/2008 12:39am
Superstar seems to be an agnostic hymn about Jesus the man, that ALW has put in the mouth of Judas.

Its just a piece of artistic work, not spiritual truth. But it does sum up the modern doubts of unbelievers.

Its the challenge of evangelists to address these modern doubts in their biblical teachings and messages.

I quite like the song as defines the current challenge, and expresses the hope that agnostics want know more about Jesus, the man, the high priest and God incarnate.

by RG on 6/20/2008 11:55pm
this is also to RB. Like vince said it's just a movie!!!! If u just let go a little bit of the reilgon then u would get J.C Super star because it is more of a modren twist aboout there relashionship of jesus and judas,and the more modren twist.because j.c super star is not that reliogos.
by Gussie on 6/27/2008 9:11pm
My girfriend would go to her house after school (St Anns) and listen to this record over and over.The 70's ROCK I wish kids these days had it as good as all of us that are 50yrs old and up.
by Aimee on 7/10/2008 12:55pm
that song is brilliant i am now a christian
by Josh on 7/15/2008 3:17pm
This song is alright if once you know that it was told in Judas' point of view. When I first heard it I thought it was just a blastpheming song about how Jesus was just some man. I found the lyrics offensive when I first heard it and didn't know anything about the song. I think this song is the reason that Carly Smithson was voted off of American Idol.
by Voice of Reason on 7/22/2008 9:35pm
Great song....substitute Barack Hussein Obama's name for Jesus Christ and you'll have the liberal news media's national Obama Superstar song.

Vote republican!!!!!!!!!!!
by ALLIE on 10/4/2008 6:22pm
Fred, go and take a long walk off a short pier for those offensive, pathetic comments.

Wonderful song, very moving to hear something from Judas' perspective. Tim Rice's lyrics are brilliant and it is the best song on the soundtrack. No mean feat, considering all the tracks are outstanding.
by Beth on 10/12/2008 6:03pm
I was a kid in 73 when this came out the fist time... when I was 12 I saw a production in Washington, DC. I fell in love with the whole production. This song, however, stays with me... I have read all the postings. It strikes me that the message is more relevant today than ever - was Jesus' death a mistake? Was he who he said he was? These are the foundations of faith - not reality. Only by believing can we achieve peace. Believe in God or not - Jesus was a true prophet and this song shows that doubt is part of the faith we sing.
by Engla on 11/11/2008 9:47am
I love this song!!We are doing jesus christ superstar in school and i am playin judas!! IT IS SOOOO MUCH FUUN!!!
by irina Ryan on 12/6/2008 4:18pm
it is nice and i love the movie
by Gustaf on 12/10/2008 5:32pm
This is the greatest Musical in the world!!!
by natalie on 1/1/2009 11:18pm
to fred, wow you have a terrible attitude ? how can you begin to say something that horrible? i am designed by God to forgive you, and in time i guess, i'll come to understand that there are things that happen in peoples lives that make them bitter, but i cant for the life of me understand what has happened in your life to make you this way. do you not grasp that this life is all for something, and that if you don't act right now you will be condemned to a feiry hell? if you blaspheme against the Holy Spirit, this is an UNFORGIVEABLE SIN and you will never gain the warming love of Jesus Christ, and you will have no chance of redemption? i feel sorrow for you, and pity, because that is what you deserve, and you will be in my prayers from now. God Bless you.
by trolinghome on 1/14/2009 2:49pm
you schmucks- tim rice wrote the lyrics.
by William on 1/28/2009 11:05am
To the bible humper who said that this song is degrading to jesus. Get a fucking life. The person who wrote this was viewing it from Judas' point of view, not their own. This song is wonderful and a great depiction of Jesus being tempted during his walk to his death. Quit hiding behind your bible and wake the fuck up.

P.s. i am a believer in jesus and God. but i hate the organized religions that support the idea of being poor and meek and mild is good, but are the most powerful and rich religions on the planet. Look at a cathedral. how come they're so god damn fancy when the money we donate to their charity could feed third world country's.

All i'm saying is quit dissing a piece of music like this when you don't understand what your talking about.
by sn88q on 2/27/2009 2:16pm
i love this song!!!!!!!!
(RB i think u should understand THIS IS JUST A SONG so u should GET OVER YOURSELF!)
by Mark the Skeptic. on 3/23/2009 12:14am
Lets see. On the one hand we have believers who have no problem with the concept of an all seeing all knowing God, a being of such power that it created the vastness of the universe, quibbling about the lyrics of song written 30 years ago! Seriously. The lyrics are expressing the doubt any person has in confronting the idea of Christianity. Why choose the middle east, not China which had 10 times the population, why didn't jesus speak out against slavery and why are both books of the bible riddled with inconsistancies and contradictions. Makes no sense.
by Will on 3/23/2009 5:29pm
wow this is like the best movie ever.. i didnt really think they would have the lyrics but the internet has EVERYTHING
by Brian on 4/5/2009 3:49pm
To Mark the Skeptic: I know about the struggle you are having. There are very valid reasons why it was "the middle east" and why "Jesus did not speak out against slavery". Also, many of the "inconsistancies and contradictions" can be explained. The whole thing really can and does make sense if one will receive Christ into their heart and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal these things to them. Hang in there and don't give up!
by Will I Am on 4/7/2009 12:08am
@Mark The skeptic - China didnt have 10 times the Middle East population back then...Jesus did speak out against slavery...both books of the Bible? Friend, there are just a few more than 2 books in the Bible, LOL :) Inconsistancies and contradictions lie only in the interpreter ;)
by Dale on 4/12/2009 3:17am
Just watched the movie again this Easter. I always take something new from it every time I see it again. I remember now why I found this song to be my favorite as a 7 year-old when I had heard the LP's for the first time. Glad I looked up the lyrics to this song because I was not sure what was being said at "who are you what have you sacrificed?" The experience of movie the first time I saw it is also what I remember well. Wowsers, that was a long time ago.
by Sean on 4/12/2009 6:20pm
"What have you sacrificed?"

Indeed, if Jesus knew with certainty that his death was not permanent, where exactly is the sacrifice in his actions?
by phantom on 4/17/2009 10:46am
I used to think this song was blasphemous, but now seeing the lyrics, I tend to understand better that it's a snapshot of the doubts that each and everyone of us is grappling with from the non believers bitter and hateful like Fred; the skeptic like Mark; the activist like RB; new Christians; growing Christians like myself and even matured Christians like Priests, etc. No one is absolutely immune it's a matter of how you respond to these doubts. Look at it this way; you can spend your life on earth being a better person because you believe in JC only to die and find that it was a farce or live an adhoc (aka spontaneous)non believing life and die to find it was all a farce or live either way to find it's all true, use your tongue to count your teeth. Anyway I saw the performance of the song by Anastacia last year and it was fabulous.
by nick on 4/19/2009 8:07pm
i like to think that judas never went to hell like many ppl think...he was just a pond in a game of chess, so i like this interpretation that he isn't in hell and was doing god's work
by April on 4/20/2009 10:11am
The song may be about Juda's view, but it speaks to millions of us who feel the same doubt and questions. I've raised my children to question faith, not to belive blindly, but to always have an open mind. What good does that do, when a vacation bible school asks my 6 year old not to come back the next summer because she questioned how Noah could get all those animals on the ark and other questions a 6 year old has.

I like your question Sean, waiting for an answer from the more faithful.
by dave on 5/4/2009 6:22pm
do people realize Tim Rice wrote the lyrics?
by lisa on 5/12/2009 10:33pm
heres a believer that so gets this song and btw is singing the soul sister part in our local production of me judas is questioning god as HE (god) himself actually understands..that we are human and doubta are indeed a normal part of how he has made us...its called free will. also i have come to understand that by singing dont you get me wrong and i only wanna know its kind of a prayer in a way that reaches out and says SHOW ME YOU ARE GOD ..anyway thats my peice said x
by WilliamK on 6/11/2009 12:44am
I was one of those children that was raised in the church(baptist), and believed, with a half heart, even as a child. Since adulthood I have been steadily searching and learning different aspects of why, how, who and what we are, god is and everything between. Far as I'm concerned, each religion or belief is kind of on the right path, but strays because of environmental and ego driven ideas added onto the knowledge. Anyways, love the song and the interracial cast. Wonder if this play would have been as famous if they made Jesus black and Judas white?
by JL on 6/17/2009 9:47pm
yea, RB=total loser!...this song rocks!...not to mention, a musical theatre classic...JCS is my fav musical...I can listen to it over and over ;)
by jennifer ann on 7/15/2009 3:46pm
love it love it love it!'s amazing that after all the years that have passed since his ultimate sacrifice, jesus is still on our minds and in our hearts and lives today..his existence is seen throughout all of creation..we truly worship a living god..
by Isak on 10/9/2009 4:48pm
To natalie: God sucks ass!! And you know it!
by Emilie on 11/14/2009 10:14am
WE who live today know nothing for sure except the brilliance of this song!
THat's what Judas represents: ARE WE WILLING to belive and use our whole life to praise someone we're not sure excists? Many are, clearly. But is it really Jesus or is it HOPE itself that we belive in?

non-religious, but not an atheist
by Andrew on 1/17/2010 9:16pm
a great movie with excellent songs. very moving..but it is just a movie, putting religion Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park....THAT"S RELIGIOUS..
by biggest fan on 3/28/2010 1:27am
what the heck fred.
if you think that u dont deserve to live in this world!!!!

by far the best song in the whole musical
by chloe on 3/29/2010 3:00am
to "Isak"
you couldnt be more WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!
what natilie is saying is nothing more but the truth!
you and "Fred" would get aling really well! you better hope natilie is praying hard for you 'cos your gonna need it!!!!!
by Ane on 5/13/2010 9:45am
I love it!!! Itīs a great song!!!!
by PhotoBoothe on 6/7/2010 7:56pm
RB is one of those absolutist geniuses who manage to corrupt the TRUE SPIRIT of the Christian faith and many others.
Even Christ questioned whether he should really have to die, in Matthew 27; "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
God doesn't make mistakes, but pompous right-wing Christians do, they resemble the Pharisees more than Jesus...
by Lisa on 6/11/2010 12:20pm
People are so stupid. This is not a hymn. The entire JCS musical is a modern day Paradise Lost. Judas and Pilate are the most sympathetic characters. Jesus is a non-divine man, not a man-God-hybrid-zombie-thing like in the Bible.

This song, in particular, serves as an epilogue to the story. Jesus is dead (won't come back to life) and the song expresses doubt at his divinity. It's saying that religion is merely story and that it doesn't really make sense.
by Avani on 7/5/2010 1:58am
Good! good!l don't relly believe in jesus cause l am not a christian! but l feei it's kind o boring
by Samantha on 7/16/2010 5:13pm

Jesus Christ

Who in the hell do you think you are?

Not meaning to be offensive, but for some reason I though this was the lyric for awhile. No idea where I got that from though...
by CAG on 7/30/2010 8:22pm
To Sean: I don't know if I'm right, but wouldn't Jesus have really suffered when they put nails in his hands? Plus, why are you people saying the F- word? I may sink low, but I'm not that gross. Ew.
by Aml on 8/1/2010 12:19am
I totally agree with photoboothe
by Parigote on 8/22/2010 8:52am
I totally agree with PhotoBoothe too.
And ALW IS a genius, for ever.
by doc on 8/26/2010 5:31am
Opinions are like arm pits, everyone has a couple and they all stink.
by Naomi on 10/5/2010 6:51am
I don't know if this song is rejoicing Jesus or what, but God did not have Jesus live or die BY MISTAKE... He is more great and peaceful, faithful, loving, and trusting than we can EVER imagine!!
by robert on 10/27/2010 8:45pm
rb you are a moron the song is sung thru the eyes of know the one who had no faith and betraid jesus ,,,, get over your self rightous self
by Dustin, responding to Natalie on 12/24/2010 8:09pm
I love you, but do you think Freddie gives a shit?
by Hope(in jcss) on 3/9/2011 3:11pm
im in jesus christ super star and i was trying to get ready and i needed the lyrics so i came here, its a great way to find wht u need :D
by Haru on 3/22/2011 3:07am
Dear everyone on this chain. I've noticed that RB made his comment in May of 2008. robert was the last to criticize it in 2010. I think it's rather pathetic to still be making a fuss about a comment made MORE than two years ago. I can't even believe I'm actually taking the time to comment about it, but obviously I see it important enough to defend someone who has probably already changed his mind about it.
by Steve Adelaide (AUSTRALIA) on 3/23/2011 3:19am
Fred is Dead or gonna be soon
by TABRUS on 4/21/2011 1:36am
Samantha....That's exactly what I thought the lyrics were that I remembered too! Where did we get that from? Did the lyrics change since the 70s?
by Colin, the naughty elf. on 4/22/2011 6:11am
I saw 'JC Superstar' at the old Tivoli in Sydney many many years ago (early '70's) with my fiancee (young, nubile, a great fuck, and a great wife of 11 years). Every Easter my family's 'religous' tradition has been to play the double album record LOUD!! (yes, record - not CD). The tradition has lasted a lot longer than the marriage (I've been married twice more since then. My faith is in the passion of the music and words, not the Opiet of the people (organised relgion (as Marx said)).
By the way, if God is the master puppeteer of our lives, then he orchestrated what Judus did. Judus was set up by Jesus's dad. Judas had been framed for all eternity by the diety he pledged his life to serve. Without Judas there would be no Easter.
by Scot Van on 4/25/2011 6:00pm
It's certainly not just this song, pretty much the entire play is based around Judus' viewpoint. In the first song he sings "I've been your right hand man all along" - well maybe in his mind he was but that's Biblically inaccurate, if anyone was it was Peter. Many of the songs come from the character's interpretation of what's going on around them, from Mary thinking she can have some picket-fence fantasy with Jesus, to Simon thinking Jesus will come into Jeruselem and overturn the Roman Empire, the Priests overblown fear of loosing their power base, to Herod expecting to be entertained, to Pilate wanting an "intellectual" answer about Jesus instead of understanding faith. That's I think what makes this a universal and long lasting musical.

Jesus by and large speaks with Biblical accuracy and simply asks to be taken at his word.

By the way, Judus had free will, he wasn't set-up by anyone

by hamburger on 6/15/2011 5:56pm
hahahahahahahahaha, you bible thumpers are too funny
by 666 on 6/27/2011 12:07am
What about Buddha and Mohammad!! You're all full of shit!! This world will die for invading my privacy illegally!! All your religions and all you falsehoods make me sick!!
by Don on 7/23/2011 3:30pm
Read the creds for this song please. Lloyd Webber wrote the music, Rice wrote the lyrics. Jeez.
by i'm sick of watching you argue. on 9/5/2011 7:29am
I've read some of these comments and can't believe my eyes. I can understand that some people here are passionate about their beliefs, but there is no reason to be so rude about it. It's just a song, ok? I understand and respect others' faiths as best I can and don't really find it that hard. I am a Christian, and I believe that the questions raised in this song are valid ones, but apparently, God had a different plan. Keywords there being I believe. My response is not the only option, matter of fact I don't even know if it's right. The point is that putting forward your opinion is fine by me, but don't you think that insulting and denouncing other opinions takes things a little too far?
by sophia on 10/3/2011 10:54pm
honestly, i am not religious at all, but i absolutely love this movie. i love the music and the great 70's hair. people need to get over themselves... it is just someone elses point of view. people should be allowed to think how they want to think
by Achmed on 12/5/2011 11:33am
I am christian and i am shocked because of lot of comments offensive and defensive... whatever... I can't understand how can somebody say that somebody will be burnt in hell? What does that person know (not think or believe) about God. I think such things could only dead man said who met God (as I believe if he exists). Or say that God does not make any mistakes (say it with 100% accucuracy). You can't say sth about God only if you think that. And finally i would tell that it is your religion, no offense you surprised me.
by sternhead on 12/18/2011 3:44pm
re Gussie on 6/27/2008 9:11pm

But a lot of us didn't know just how good we had it. They laughed at JCS back then, among many other things that would stand the test of time. I remember it all, and I will not let them forget their snipes and snickers.
by To: RB and RB is Dumb on 1/6/2012 4:44pm
Listen RB. This song is from the point of view of Judas, who most likly doubted Jesus and Gods power. And, RB is Dumb, im sure RB was only expressing his love of God and Christ, so he's not dumb. He just didn't understand the song. Don't let RB turn you away from Jesus' and God's gift of eternal salvation. Believe me, Heaven is a much better choice than Hell
by Davenyc on 3/5/2012 8:56am
I've loved this libretto since the 70s and its symbolic interpretation of the story of Christ rings truevto our American culture and its relationship to sensationalization, but also the personal relationship we all must have to our beliefs. Judas is within us all, as is Christ.
by GRL on 3/8/2012 12:25am
Did Jesus have a choice? Did Judas? Without the there a cruxifiction? and therefore a resurrection?...It all had to take place like it did...that was God's plan...Judas just laments that the human race wasn't in on it...and he had to be the fall guy...but that was just the way it was meant to be.
by Kat on 6/18/2012 8:14am
Nick-you got it . Judas was part of God's plan. He was chosen to play this part for a reason. All of us have doubt at some time in our life. We're human and God made us this way. I also saw the play and it was awesome. However, I walked away with such a new understanding about the part that Judas portrayed. It brought tears to my eyes because I realized someone had to play the part, and it was Judas. I also believe he is in Heaven. Really think about it. I guess we all see things differently and that's part of life too. We are all in different stages of our walk with the Lord and that's okay too. God understands and loves us all. God bless and have a wonderfull day.
by Ok, RB on 7/30/2012 12:39pm
like others have said, the song sung is Judas' point of view. It acknowledges his not understanding and his reasons for betraying Jesus. im sure you misunderstood. and People who also replied to RB, it is nice to correct RB and help him understand, but just cuz he misunderstood does not make him dumb
by Emily on 10/26/2012 8:06pm
Wow.... 39 years later and people are still absolutely inspired, passionate, heated and awed enough to discuss it on a lyrics website. If that isn't what great art is supposed to do then I don't know what art is.... Webbers music and Rices lyrics are clearly genius.
by ashley hanley on 1/3/2013 11:19pm
alsome song
by Liffy on 6/25/2013 1:58pm
I became obsessed with the movie and show and all the songs ever since I watched it in school a few months ago… All my classmates think I'm weird now haha
by JSC fan on 7/30/2013 7:06pm
I became obsessed with this just after I had turned 12. This song is so moving and I LOVE IT! Nuff said. ;)
by Viktor V. Holt on 9/6/2014 6:43am
To play this song in a symphonic orchestra i an experience for life.
by Karen on 2/7/2021 3:00pm
Tim Minchin x

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