Friday, June 24, 2011


"Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say)"
by Tim Rice
from Jesus Christ Superstar (1971)

I only want to say ...
If there is a way,
Take this cup away from me
For I don't want to taste its poison.
Feel it burn me,
I have changed.
I'm not as sure
As when we started.

Then I was inspired,
Now I'm sad and tired.
Listen, surely I've exceeded
Tried for three years ...
Seems like thirty.
Could you ask as much
From any other man?

But if I die,
See the saga through
And do the things you ask of me.
Let them hate me, hit me, hurt me,
Nail me to their tree.

I'd want to know, my God.
I'd want to see, my God,
Why I should die.
Would I be more noticed
Than I ever was before?
Would the things I've said and done
Matter any more?

I'd have to know, my Lord.
I'd have to see, my Lord.

If I die what will be my reward?
I'd have to know, my Lord

Why, why should I die?
Oh, why should I die?
Can you show me now
That I would not be killed in vain?
Show me just a little
Of your omnipresent brain.

Show me there's a reason
For your wanting me to die.
You're far too keen on where and how,
But not so hot on why.

All right, I'll die!
Just watch me die!
See how, see how I die!
Oh, just watch me die!

Then I was inspired,
Now I'm sad and tired.
After all I've tried for three years,
Seems like ninety.
Why then am I
Scared to finish what I started?
What you started,
I didn't start it.

God, thy will is hard,
But you hold every card.
I will drink your cup of poison.
Nail me to your cross and break me.
Bleed me, beat me,
Kill me, take me now,
Before I change my mind.

I was ten years old when I saw my first Broadway show and THAT show was the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar.  It was followed quickly by Godspell and Grease, all in my middle school years from 1971 to 1972.  It certainly helped to live in Connecticut, which is only an easy two-hour train ride to the City. 

I frankly don't much care for Godspell and Grease, but Jesus Christ Superstar remains one of my favorite musicals (even if it is a "Sir Andrew" show).  I credit this "rock opera" with igniting my passion for theatre ... and this song, in particular, still thrills me to this day.

I will be leaving early tomorrow morning for a week in Seattle and Alaska!  So, I'll be back with my next post on Friday, July 1 ... Have a great week.

1 comment:

  1. Must agree with this song being "tops". Have a fantastic trip