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Damned For All Time/Blood Money


 

Damned For All Time/Blood Money Lyrics

Damned For All Time/Blood Money Song Lyrics


JUDAS

Now if I help you, it matters that you see
These sordid kinda things are coming hard to me.
It's taken me some time to work out what to do.
I weighed the whole thing out before I came to you.
I have no thought at all about my own reward.
I really didn't come here of my own accord.
Just don't say I'm ... damned for all time.
I came because I had to; I'm the one who saw.
Jesus can't control it like he did before.
And furthermore I know that Jesus thinks so too.
Jesus wouldn't mind that I was here with you.
I have no thought at all about my own reward.
I really didn't come here of my own accord.
Just don't say I'm ... damned for all time.
Annas, you're a friend, a worldly man and wise.
Caiaphas, my friend, I know you sympathise.
Why are we the prophets? Why are we the ones
Who see the sad solution - know what must be done?
I have no thought at all about my own reward.
I really didn't come here of my own accord.
Just don't say I'm damned for all time.

ANNAS

Cut the protesting, forget the excuses.
We want information. Get up off the floor.

CAIAPHAS

We have the papers we need to arrest him.
You know his movements. We know the law.

ANNAS

Your help in this matter won't go unrewarded.

CAIAPHAS

We'll pay you in silver, cash on the nail.
We just need to know where the soldiers can find him.

ANNAS

With no crowd around him.

CAIAPHAS

Then we can't fail.

JUDAS

I don't want your blood money!

CAIAPHAS

Oh, that doesn't matter, our expenses are good.

JUDAS

I don't need your blood money!

ANNAS

But you might as well take it. We think that you should.

CAIAPHAS

Think of the things you could do with that money,
Choose any charity - give to the poor.
We've noted your motives.
We've noted your feelings.
This isn't blood money - it's a ...

ANNAS

A fee.

CAIAPHAS

A fee nothing more.

JUDAS

On Thursday night you'll find him where you want him.
Far from the crowds, in the Garden of Gethsemane.

CHOIR

Well done Judas. Good old Judas.



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May, 07th 2014
"Damned for All Time/Blood Money" from "Jesus Christ Superstar" is a complex song that delves into the conflicted psyche of Judas Iscariot and his decision to betray Jesus. The song is a dramatic representation of Judas grappling with his actions and their inevitable consequences.

In the beginning, Judas expresses his internal struggle, emphasizing that his decision to approach the priests wasn't easy or motivated by personal gain. His lines, "Now if I help you, it matters that you see, These sordid kinda things are coming hard to me," reveal his discomfort and the moral dilemma he faces. Judas insists that he's not acting for personal reward but out of concern for the situation spiraling beyond control: "I weighed the whole thing out before I came to you."

Judas's repeated plea, "Just don't say I'm...damned for all time," reflects his fear of eternal damnation and moral condemnation. It underscores his awareness of the gravity of his actions and his desire for understanding, if not absolution.

The interaction between Judas and the priests, Annas and Caiaphas, exooses the transactional nature of the betrayal. While Judas initially resists the idea of payment, insisting "I don't want your blood money," the priests are pragmatic, seeing the money as a mere "fee" for his services. Their manipulation and rationalization of the situation as a necessary act for a greater good further illustrate the moral complexities at play.

The song culminates in Judas's reluctant revelation of Jesus's lovation, indicating his ultimate surrender to the course of action he has chosen. The choir's concluding line, "Well done Judas. Good old Judas," is deeply ironic, juxtaposing societal perception of Judas's act with his personal anguish and conflict.

In essence, "Damned for All Time/Blood Money" is a portrayal of Judas's tragic fall, marked by internal conflict, societal manipulation, and the burden of a decision that would brand him as a traitor throughout history.

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