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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
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#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: t.j.strom@ub.uio.no (Trond J. Stroem)

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                                  t.j.strom@ub.uio.no



---------------------------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 (jloya@world.std.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       Bbmaj7
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 Bsus E                 A    B E
And we want you to sleep well tonight
A Bsus  E                  A   B E
Let the world turn without you tonight
A Bsus 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                            B7sus 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 Bsus   E            A   B      E
And it's cool and the ointment's sweet
A Bsus  E            A    B   E
For the fire in your head and feet
A Bsus     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
          Bsus  B
You'll be so so sorry
Bsus     B   Bsus
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 Bsus   E            A   B      E
And it's cool and the ointment's sweet
A Bsus  E            A    B   E
For the fire in your head and feet
A Bsus     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/F#       Cm         B/F#
Tell this rabble to be quiet we anticipate a riot
            Bb Bb(B5)         Bb  G
This common crowd is much too loud
         Cm                B/F#               Cm                 B/F#
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             Cb
A most amazing man
  F7        F7+      Gb              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              Cb
How it all began
  F7      F7+     Gb               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
     Db (tacet)
they fell on him and then
F7 (tacet)
they disappeared again

Bbm        Ebm             Ab7
Then I saw thousands of millions
Bbm                Cb
crying for this man
    F7                Gb                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 (jloya@world.std.com)


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            Gsus/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 Cmaj7 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                 Gsus/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   Cmaj7 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            Gsus/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 Cmaj7 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/Gb Bbm/F
  I   only want to say

  Ebm      Ebm/Db  Ebm/C  Ebm/Bb
  If there is a    way

  Ab        Absus  Ab  Dbsus Db
  Take this cup    a - way   from me

      F       F+   F  Bbmsus Bbm           Gb
  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/Gb Bbm/F
  Then I was    inspired

  Ebm     Ebm/Db     Ebm/C Ebm/Bb
  Now I'm sad    and tired

  Ab      Absus  Ab Dbsus Db       F   F+  F
  Listen, sure - ly I've  exceeded expectations

  Bbmsus Bbm                Gb
  Tried  for three years -- seems like thirty

  Bbm/F            F                   Bbm
  Could you ask as much from any other man?


[sub-verse]


  Bbm Ab Gb F
  But if I  die

  Bbm          Ab                 Gb                F
  See the saga through and do the things you ask of me

  Bbm               Ab               Gb               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 Gb     F
  Why I  should die

  Bbm             Ab             Gb       F
  Would I be more noticed than I ever was before?

  Bbm                   Ab            Gb         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 G7sus  G7 Ab    Fm  G7sus  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!

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teancious_X wrote on December 9 2001, 12:00 am

very nice tabs forjesus christ superstar, still looking for king herpd's song

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Faded wrote on March 27 2002, 12:00 am

Good tabs for some difficult songs.

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fjordevik wrote on April 6 2002, 12:00 am

This was good but I was just searching for the tabs..... but U have done a good work here...

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