Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) – Hosanna ( 4)

April 1st is Palm Sunday, also World Youth Day. I thought this clip from JC Superstar would be appropriate to capture the mood of the day. I’m comparing Caiaphas to all those in authority, yelling at the crowd (read: common people) to shut up and go away. If we are aware, we would know this seems to be the prevalent attitude among many of our leaders today, whatever position they may be holding, wherever they may be. But as in the video, Jesus responds to the crowd cheering for him: “Sing, but not for me alone. Sing out for yourselves for you are blessed.” Maybe we need to reassure ourselves of this truth and sing out for ourselves, our children, families, communities and indeed this nation of ours, and then… go do whatever he’s telling us to. The lyrics:

CROWD

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna
Hey JC, JC won’t you smile at me?
Sanna Hosanna
Hey Superstar

CAIAPHAS

Tell the rabble to be quiet, we anticipate a riot.
This common crowd, is much too loud.
Tell the mob who sing your song that they are fools and they are wrong.
They are a curse. They should disperse.

CROWD

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna
Hey JC, JC you’re alright by me
Sanna Hosanna
Hey Superstar

JESUS

Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd?
Nothing can be done to stop the shouting.
If every tongue were stilled
The noise would still continue.
The rocks and stone themselves would start to sing:

CROWD AND JESUS

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna

CROWD (alone)

Hey JC, JC won’t you fight for me?
Sanna Hosanna Hey Superstar

JESUS

Sing me your songs,
But not for me alone.
Sing out for yourselves,
For you are bless-ed.
There is not one of you
Who can not win the kingdom.
The slow, the suffering,
The quick, the dead.

CROWD and JESUS

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna

CROWD (alone)

Hey JC, JC won’t you die for me?
Sanna Hosanna Hey Superstar

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