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This Jesus Must Die Lyrics

Artist: Jesus Christ Superstar
Album: Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack

Priest
Good Caiaphas
The council waits for you
The Pharisees and priests
Are here for you

Caiaphas
Ah gentlemen, you know why we are here
With not much time, and quite a problem here

Crowd Outside
Hosanna! Superstar!

Annas
Listen to that howling mob
Of blockheads in the street
A trick or two with lepers
And the whole town's on its feet

All
He is dangerous! He is dangerous!

Crowd
Jesus Christ, Superstar
Tell us that you are who they say you are

Priests
He is dangerous, dangerous
That man is in town right now
To whip up some support
A rabble rousing mission
That I think we must abort
He is dangerous

Crowd
Jesus Christ, Superstar

Priests
He is dangerous
Look Caiaphas
They are right outside our yard
Quick Caiaphas
Go call the Roman guard

Caiaphas
No wait, we need a more permanent solution to our problem.

Annas
What shall we do about Jesus of Nazareth?
Miracle worker, pilgrim or fool

Priest
No riots, no Romans, no fighting, no slogans

Caiaphas
One thing to say for him, Jesus is cool

Annas
We dare not leave him to his own devices
His half-witted fans will get out of control

Priest
But how can we stop him, his glamour increases
With every minute, he's top of the pole

Caiaphas
I see bad things arising
The crowd crown him King
Which the Romans would ban
I see blood and destruction
Our elimination because of one man
Blood and destruction
Because of one man

Voices
What can we do about this Jesusmania?
How can we deal with the carpenter king?
Where do we start with a man who is bigger
Than John was when John did his baptism thing?

Caiaphas
Fools! You have no perception
The stakes we are gambling
Are frighteningly high
We must crush him completely
So like John before him
This Jesus must die
For the sake of the nation
This Jesus must die
Must die, must die
This Jesus must die
Comments/Interpretations
by jesus on 5/15/2008 4:05am
fuck
by kilecko on 5/15/2008 4:10am
nice
by gruberluva on 6/2/2008 3:54pm
OMG, it's INSANE how much I love this song! I sing it during school, church, anywhere, everywhere, anytime!
by Deanna on 6/27/2008 4:19pm
Awsome song. i was in the play! in N.Y. in sayville. But i love jesus he died for us
by Sanaynay on 9/21/2008 7:51pm
...you sing it in church?
by Chhhisr on 11/10/2008 4:15pm
Love this song - it is hella crunk.
by currently unavailable on 12/10/2008 6:26pm
the first person here is a @$#%^*^in' idiot!!!

by Uroki on 2/15/2009 6:14am
I'm pretty sure the line is 'One thing to say for him, Jesus is gold'. At least, that's what I always hear. I could be wrong though. Somehow the word cool doesn't really fit. I love this whole musical, even though I'm Pagan.
by Maureen on 3/21/2009 11:45pm
I absolutly love this song!! this is my favorite song out of the whole musical!
by Myself on 3/31/2009 11:45am
im playing Caiaphas in an upcoming production of JCSS... i love singing that low
by Dave on 3/31/2009 11:59am
its missing at the end... it vamps jesus must.
by pammers on 4/3/2009 3:49pm
it's definately "cool" not "gold".
by cre8ive1 on 3/4/2010 1:07am
I love in the movie how they edit from Priests to Crowd, fear to hope,,, Great Musical, will be attending in Riverside on Good Friday!
by Geri on 9/10/2010 7:09am
Cool is correct, but "top of the pole" is not really.:) Instead, it's "top of the poll".
by nick on 12/17/2010 11:56pm
no riots no armies no fighting no slogans
by venes on 1/25/2011 6:18am
how great is our God... who died because of our sin...
by Alia on 6/8/2011 4:30am
I don't believe in god or anything, but this musical is awesome, especially the original, 1970 version with Ian Gillan as JC.
by Autocorrect on 1/5/2012 8:25am
"Miracle wonder man, hero of fools",
"By leaps every minute, he's top of the poll"
by Ray on 3/24/2012 6:10pm
The original Jesus was Ted Neely
by RenegadeFL on 2/2/2013 4:33pm
JCS was released as an rock opera on vinyl before it was staged as a musical. Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple) performed JC on that album. When it went to stage JC was performed first by Jeff Fenholt and later Ted Neely. Neely was JC in the film version.
by Don on 2/4/2013 1:38am
I went to the original production in London in the early 70s. What I remember hearing is "One thing I'll say for him; this Jesus is good." - ie ironic - he is "good" at rousing the people, but also, Caiaphas unwittingly proclaims his moral goodness - ths is the sort of line that might have been said many different ways in different productions over the years. I like the ironic way I heard it.
by krysarr on 2/23/2013 7:45pm
It's not "With not much time" but "We've not much time" ! :)
by mandy on 4/17/2014 1:32am
I love this opera and will continue to love it till the day I ......
by Priest in this song on 5/13/2014 11:42pm
I was the opening priest and thought this was great. I don't like how the lyrics said voices instead of priests because I remember how I was the youngest one in the play and I got a pretty good part
by Averie on 5/13/2014 11:48pm
I know it's weird to say but when I was Annas in my JCS school performance I was so high I hated it. But the funny part is because the boy playing ciao has is my older brother I got to be like his annoying little sister. I was literally born for that part haha get it.
by Miles on 5/27/2014 1:43pm
It's going to be so much fun playing this in the live band in thousand oaks. :)


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