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This show can be done in many many ways and the music remains one of my favorites to listen to. I think that aside from Andrew Lloyd Webber, it was one of the first rock musicals put on stage. I have enjoyed my experiences with it thus far- so enjoy the lyrics!


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PROLOUGE
PREPARE YE
SAVE THE PEOPLE
DAY BY DAY
LEARN YOUR LESSONS WELL
BLESS THE LORD
ALL FOR THE BEST
ALL GOOD GIFTS
LIGHT OF THE WORLD
TURN BACK O MAN
ALAS FOR YOU
BY MY SIDE
WE BESEECH THEE
ON THE WILLOWS
FINALE

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PROLOUGE

The cast appear before us as modern and ancient philosophers spouting their beliefs.

SOCRATES- Wherefore, O men of Athens, I say to you,
Therefore, aquit me or not, but whichever you do
I shall never alter my ways, never adjust my approach to this maze
Never reform til the end of my days even if I have to die many times.

THOMAS AQUINAS- God is apprehended by imagination, intuition, reason, touch, opinion, sense and name and so on
While on quite the other hand, we find we can't begin to understand him, so to some it seems a shame to go on
But he is all things in all and he is nothing in any
He is often found in one thing small, conversely he is often missed in many

MARTIN LUTHER- God almighty has made our rulers mad
God almighty has turned our people bad
For the German nobility, with typical agility have so applied our skill at egregious laws
That the people are lead astray; they feel beholden to obey
I may be just the German way, but God it gives one pause...

DAVINCI- The rise of man
GIBBON- The decline of Rome
DAVINCI- Was natural
GIBBON- And inevitable
DAVINCI- Man is so levitable
GIBBON- Instead of inquiring why Rome was destroyed
DAVINCI- Instead of admiring man's filling of the void
BOTH- We should rather be surprised
DAVINCI- That God had man so tyrannized
GIBBON- That Rome remained so strong
DAVINCI- Man will be strong
BOTH- So long

NIETZSCHE- What is noble nowadays?

JEAN PAUL SARTRE- Atheistic existentialism which I represent is more coherent, I do believe it...

BUCKMINSTER FULLER- Man is a complex of patterns, of processes...

JEAN PAUL SARTRE- There is no such thing as human nature not in all or few men since there is no God to conceive it...

BUCKMINSTER FULLER- Man is a complex of patterns and processes...

ALL- So high in my lovely Ivory Tower of Babel
(babble, babble, babble, babble, babble, babble, babble)
High above the rabble
(rabble, rabble, rabble, babble, rabble, babble, babble, rabble, babble) Greatest mind of history solving life's sweet mystery
So listen to me (so listen to me)
Know how life should be (know how life should be)
Oh what does it matter if they don't agree?

PREPARE YE

JOHN THE BAPTIST-
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord
Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord

He baptizes the cast and they sing with him.

SAVE THE PEOPLE

JESUS- When wilt thou save the people?
O God of mercy, when? The people, Lord, the people;
Not thrones and crowns but men!
Flowers of thy heart, O God, are they;
Let them not pass, like weeds, away, their heritage a sunless day: God save the people!
Shall crime bring crime forever, strength aiding still the strong?
Is it thy will, O Father, that man shall toil for wrong?
Oh "No" say thy mountains; "No" say thy skies;
Man's clouded sun shall brightly rise, and songs be heard instead of sighs: God save the people!
When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy, when? The people, Lord, the people;
Not thrones and crowns but men! Flowers of thy heart, O God, are they; Let them not pass, like weeds, away, their heritage a sunless day: God save the people!
God save the people! God save the people! God save the people!
ALL- When wilt thou save the people?
O God of mercy, when? The people, Lord, the people;
Not thrones and crowns but men!
Flowers of thy heart, O God, are they;
Let them not pass, like weeds, away, their heritage a sunless day: God save the people!
God save the people! God save the people! God save the people! God save the people!

DAY BY DAY

Day by Day, Day by Day
Oh, dear Lord three things I pray
To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day.
Day by Day, Day by Day
Oh, dear Lord three things I pray
To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day.
Day by Day by Day by Day by Day by Day by Day...

LEARN YOUR LESSONS WELL

I can see a swath of sinners settin' yonder and they're actin' like a pack of fools
Gazing into space, they let their minds all wander 'stead of studying the good Lord's rules
You better pay attention, build your comprehension, there's gonna be a quiz at your ascension
Not to mention any threat of hell but if you're smart you'll learn your lessons well!
Every bright description of the promised land meant that you can reach it if you keep alert
Learning every line in every last commandment may not help you but it couldn't hurt
First you gotta read em, then you gotta heed em- you never know when you're gonna need em
Just as old Elijah said to Jezebel you better start to learn your lessons well!

BLESS THE LORD

O Bless The Lord, my soul! His grace to thee proclaim!
And all that is within me join to bless His holy name!
Oh yeah.
O Bless The Lord, my soul! His mercies bear in mind!
Forget not all his benefits! The Lord to thee is kind.

He will not always chide.
He will with patience wait.
His wrath is ever slow to rise,
and ready to abate!

He pardons all thy sins; prolongs thy feeble breath;
He healeth thine infirmities, and ransoms thee from death...

He clothes thee with his love; Upholds thee with his truth;
And like the eagle he renews the vigor of thy youth.

Then bless His holy name, whose grace hath made thee whole,
Whose loving kindness crowns thy days!
O Bless The Lord, my soul!
O Bless The Lord, my soul!
O Bless The Lord... My Soul!

ALL FOR THE BEST

JESUS- When you feel sad or under a curse.
Your life is bad, your prospects are worse.
Your wife is crying, sighing, and your olive tree is dying- temples are greying and teeth are decaying and creditors weighing your purse!
Your mood and your robe are both a deep blue
You'd bet that Job, had nothing on you
But don't forget that when you get to heaven you'll be blessed, yes its all for the best...

JOHN THE BAPTIST: Some men are born to live at ease
Doing what they please, richer than the bees are in honey
Never growing old, never feeling cold, pulling pots of gold from thin air- the best in every town, best at shaking down, best at making mountains of money
They can't take it with then but what do they care...
They get the center of the meat, cushions on the seat, houses on the street where its sunny... Summers at the sea, winters warm and free- all of this and we get the rest but who is the land for? The sun and the sand for? You guessed... its all for the best!

The song is then sung in counterpoint. And the world is a happy place.

ALL GOOD GIFTS

We plow the fields and scatter the good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered by God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain, the breezes and the sunshine, and soft refreshing rain.
All Good Gifts around us are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love!

We thank thee, then, O Father for all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, our food.
No gifts have we to offer for all thy love imparts,
But that which thou desirest, our humble thankful hearts.
All Good Gifts around us are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord for all his love!

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

You are the light of the world!
You are the light of the world!
But if that lights under a bushel
Its lost something kind of crucial!
You've got to stay bright to be the light of the world!
You are the salt of the earth!
You are the salt of the earth!
But if that salt has lost its flavor
It ain't got much in its favor.
You can't have that fault and be the salt of the earth.

So let your light so shine before men- let your light so shine!
So that they might know some kindness again- we all need help to feel fine!

Let's have some wine!

You are the City of God!
You are the City of God!
But if that city's on a hill its kind of hard to hide it well
You've gotta stay pretty in the City of God!
So let your light so shine before men, let your light so shine!
So that they might know some kindness again!
We all need help to feel fine!
Let's have some wine!

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TURN BACK, O MAN

Turn back, O man, forswear thy foolish ways.
Old now is earth and none shall count her days.
Dadadadada.
Yet though, her child, whose head is crowned with flame,
still wilt not hear thine inner God proclaim...
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Forswear thy foolish ways.

Earth might be fair, and all men glad and wise.
Age after age their tragic empires rise.
Built while they dream, and in that dreaming weep:
Would man but wake from out his haunted sleep.
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Forswear thy foolish ways...

JESUS- Earth shall be fair and all her people one;
Not till that hour shall God's whole will be done.
Now, even now, once more from earth to sky
Peals forth in joy man's old undaunted cry
Earth shall be fair and all her people one...

C'more Jesus I got something to show ya!
Turn back, O Man, foreswear thy foolish ways...
Old now is Earth and none may count the days.
Da da da da da!
Yet thou, her child, whose head is crowned with flame,
Still wilt not hear thine inner God proclaim...
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Turn Back O Man
Forswear thy foolish ways!

ALAS FOR YOU

Alas, alas for you, lawyers and pharisees
Hypocrites that you be
Searching for souls and fools to forsake them
You travel the land and you scour the sea
Then when you've got your converts you make them twice as fit for hell as you are yourselves!

Alas, alas for you, lawyers and pharisees
Hypocrites that you are
Sure that the kingdom of heaven awaits you
You will not venture half so far
Other men who might enter the gates you
Keep from passing through
Drag them down with you!

You snakes, you viper's brood
You cannot escape being devil's food
I send you prophets and I send you preachers
Sages in rages and ages of teachers
Nothing can mar your mood.

Alas, alas for you, lawyers and pharisees
Hypocrites to a man
Sons of the dogs who murdered the prophets
Finishing off what your fathers began
You don't have time to scorn or to scoff, its getting very late-
vengeance doesn't wait!

You snakes, you viper's brood
You cannot escape being devil's food
I send you prophets and I send you preachers
Sages in rages and ages of teachers
Nothing can mar your mood.
Blind guides! Blind fools!
The blood you've spilt on you will fall
This nation, this generation
Shall bear the guilt of it all!
Alas, alas for you! Blind fools!

BY MY SIDE

Where are you going? Where are you going? Can you take me with you? For my hand is cold and needs warmth... Where are you going?
Far beyond where the horizon lies And the land sinks into mellow blueness
O Please, take me with you...
Let me skip the road with you I can dare myself, I can dare myself
I'll put a pebble in my shoe and watch me walk... I can walk... I shall call the pebble dare
We will talk together about walking Dare shall be carried
And when we both have had enough
I will take him from my shoe singing: "Meet your new road..."
Then I'll take your hand Finally glad that you are here By My Side By My Side
That you are here by my side.

JUDAS- Then the man they called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me to betray him to you?" They paid him thirty peices of silver.

And from that moment on, he began to look out for an opportunity to betray him.
By My Side By Your Side That you are here By My Side

WE BESEECH THEE

Father hear thy children's call
Humbly at thy feet we fall
Prodigals confessing all
We beseech thee- hear us!
We thy call have disobeyed
Into paths of sin have strayed
And repentance have delayed
We beseech thee, hear us!

Come sing about love that caused us first to be
Come sing about love that made the stone and tree
Come sing about love that draws us lovingly
We beseech thee! Hear us!

ALL: Sick! We come to thee for cure!
ALL: Guilty! We seek thy mercy sure!
ALL: Evil! We long to be made pure!
We beseech thee! Hear us!

ALL: Blind! We pray that we may see!
ALL: Bound! We pray to be made free!
ALL: Stained! We pray for sanctity!
We beseech thee! Hear us!

Come sing about love that caused us first to be
Come sing about love that made the stone and tree
Come sing about love that draws us lovingly
We beseech thee! Hear us!

ALL: By the gracious saving call- spoken tenderly to all
Who have shared man's guilt and fall
We beseech thee, hear us!

By the love that longs to bless, pitying our sore distress
Leading us to holiness
We beseech thee, hear us!

Grant us all from earth to rise!
And to strain with eager eyes!
Towards the promised heavenly prize!
We beseech thee, hear us!

Come sing about love (LOVE) that caused us first to be
Come sing about love (LOVE) that made the stone and tree
Come sing about love (LOVE, LOVE) that draws us lovingly
We beseech thee! Hear us!

Boom chic-a-boom chic-a-boom chic chic
Chic-a-boom chic-a-boom chic-a-boom chic chic
Chic Chic! Boom Chic!

ON THE WILLOWS

On the willows there, we hung up our lyres
From our captors there required...
Of us songs and our tormentors mirth
Sing us one of the songs of Zion
Sing us one of the songs of Zion
Sing us one of the songs of Zion
But how can we sing?
Sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?

FINALE

JESUS: Oh God I'm bleeding...
Oh God I'm bleeding

ALL: Oh God You're bleeding...

JESUS: Oh God I'm dying...

ALL: Oh God You're dying...

JESUS: Oh God I'm dying...
Oh God... I'm dead...

ALL: Oh God... you're dead.
Oh God... you're dead......

Long live God Long live God
Long live God Long live God

Long Live God! Long Live God!
Long Live God! Long Live God!

Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord!
Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord!
Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord!
Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord!

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CAST INCLUDES:

David Arzberger, Emily Bloch, Steven Callahan, Susan Erenberg, Shannon Fleischman, Aliza Hirschman (Not In Group Picture- she's too good for us), Andrea Kotsay, Polymnia Michaelides, Elaine Rodriguez, Alison Schwab and me, Kevin Schwab

MUSICIANS:
Rich Louis Pierre, Jeff Arzberger

And the boys:
Eric, Robby, Denis and Walt

CREW:

David Sadowsky, Theresa Schubert, Jill Palamara and Vin Geer

Special Thanks to John on sound!