"Iscariot" as written by Nicholas Petricca...
Until now, I knew this of myself
That if you had thrown yourself down
Into the lion's den
My brother I'd follow you in
Perhaps I lack some foresight (should have known)
Brother you were so right
Sure as the setting sun
Can't trust just anyone

That's what you want, but it's not what you're asking for
I said that's what you're asking, but you're gonna get more than you bargained for
I said that's what you had, but you don't have it any more
You had it coming

I never imagined you dead (I never)
But tell me, are you even aware
That all that we did, you undo
Iscariot, you fool

That's what you want, but it's not what you're asking for
I said that's what you're asking, but you're gonna get more than you bargained for
I said that's what you had, but you don't have it any more
You had it coming

Oh you know you had it coming my friend, my friend
You know you had it coming my brother, oh my brother
Had it coming my friend, my friend
You know you had it coming my brother, oh my brother
Had it coming my friend, my friend
You know you had it coming my brother, oh my brother
Had it coming my friend, my friend
You had it coming.


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"Iscariot" as written by Nicholas Petricca

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  • +4
    Song MeaningI agree completely with your song meaning, cloudeddayze, but I have a few things to add. The song is obviously named Iscariot after Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus Christ in the Bible. Judas was once one of Jesus' close friends and disciples. Being a disciple of Jesus meant that you were willing to "follow him into the lion's den," but Judas eventually lost his zeal and turned on the person he once loved.

    "That's what you want, but it's not what you're asking for
    I said that's what you're asking, but you're gonna get more than you bargained for
    I said that's what you had, but you don't have it any more"

    These few lines tell something about Judas. He wanted to betray Jesus, but he was asking the chief priests to kill him. He only wanted to betray Jesus. When he asked for Jesus to die, he didn't realize what he had done. He got more than he bargained for. If you think about it, Judas had been following around this guy for years hanging onto the edge of seat at every word that came out of Jesus' mouth. Jesus preached brotherhood among his disciples. Jesus and Judas (Iscariot) were not only friends but also something like brothers. Judas had a friend and a brother, but after his grand betrayal, he didn't have either one.

    I don't believe this song to be religious, but I do find it very interesting. It shows the relationship between a teacher and student so close but so far away. Judas betrayed his brother and then killed himself out of guilt. He had it coming.
    gardocki10on September 08, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI cannot stop watching WTM's 7in7 video for this. I just want to grab Nick out of it and talk to him about the song and what it means to him, exactly.
    Iscariot strikes so many chords with me. I think, simply, it's about betrayal. I think it's about being there for someone almost unconditionally.. then it becomes too much.. and that person (the betrayer) gets what has been coming to them.
    I could be way off.. either way, I love, love this song.
    cloudeddayzeon July 18, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWithout the title, Iscariot, I would interested to see what people think this song means. If you aren't paying close attention, the name Iscariot is only mentioned once and can be missed. When I first heard it I thought it was about someone had made a poor life decision and a friend was describing the aftermath with a sense of sorrow for what happened.

    Anyway, this song describes the paragon of beytrayal stories, that of Jesus Christ and Judas. The lyrics of Iscariot start with Judas as the speaker. Then the rest of the is Jesus's reply. In the song, Judas expresses his regret, saying "can't trust just anyone". Jesus's reply begins with the cryptic chorus, which if you don't know the name of the song, is abit obtuse. However, as described elsewhere, Jesus is talking about Judas's decision and what the consequences of it. In the second verse, Jesus describes what it really means to lose someone, losing not only that person, but also tarnishing the memories of that person. Jesus also explains how little Judas had grasped the consequence of his decision but went about it anyway. In the biblical story Jesus lost a close friend, and it was because of the decisions of that friend. In the lyrics, Jesus seems to still remember that sense of brotherhood they shared, which
    I found really amazing about this song. The references to Judas sound familial, in which Jesus considers Judas a brother and friend. In the bible, Jesus mentioned that 1 of the 12 will betray him. The line "you know you had it coming" speaks to his knowledge of Judas's temptations and eventual demise. It's a beautiful song, that even if you don't know what WTM is referencing, you still can feel the passion expressed in this song.
    dsnider1on January 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song no doubt contains biblical references, whether the song itself is overtly singing to Judas Iscariot or using Judas as a metaphor for the betrayal of a friend. Does anyone know about the band members' religious involvement? Just curious.

    However, from a personal standpoint, the song speaks perfectly to active drug and alcohol addiction. I started listening to this song before entering treatment and then got very into it afterward. Its sombre tone, dedicated friendship, and frustration, to me, sound like the pleas (or hopeless surrender) of a devoted friend to the addicted person who has sabotaged all the help his loved ones have offered.

    Of course, I don't think this is the intended meaning, but that's how the song speaks to me.
    helloleeshon December 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhen I hear this song, I imagine that the speaker feels betrayed by a friend who they aptly dub "Iscariot" who has committed suicide. Iscariot did not trust that their life would get better and didn't quite recognize how loved they were. Love and loyalty were what they wanted and had, but that was more than they bargained for so by their actions they only asked for death and thus lost a whole lifetime of friendship that they had coming.
    Colettikaon December 10, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAs the Biblical story goes, Judas Iscariot, one of the willing and trusted disciples of Jesus (he was in charge of the donated money from which he used to steal), finally realizes that his Master has no intention of taking the country back from the Romans hands in a armed rebellion when He rejects being crowned king by the people and, instead, is even willing to die without offering any resistance as His "kingdom is not of this world".

    I think that Judas was willing to die for Jesus in a rebellion, but not in a pacifist revolution as He wanted and that's what this part is about:
    "Until now, I knew this of myself [Judas]
    That if you had thrown yourself down
    Into the lion's den [rebellion]
    My brother [Jesus] I'd follow you in"

    Judas feels that he has been following the wrong man all along and in disappointment, frustration and ambition decides to betray his Master to the Pharisees in exchange for money (30 silver pieces) by telling them when and where Jesus would be alone with his disciples and by showing them, with a kiss, which one of them Jesus was.

    Jesus was fully aware of Judas' intentions, but accepted it as part of God's plan and even told Judas "What you are about to do, do quickly".

    During the Passover, the Romans allowed the Jewish people to choose a prisoner to be freed and Judas thought that they would choose Jesus Christ as He was so popular. But the people was also disappointed with Him and chose to have Barabbas (a Revolutioner whose first name was also "Jesus" and his full name means "Jesus, Son of the Father") released instead and Jesus Christ was condemned to death.

    Seeing his plan falling apart, Judas then goes back to the Pharisees to cancel the deal, but of course, it's too late. They tell him that's his problem and that they have nothing to do with it as he did it all by his own decision and thus he would have to deal with the consequences and his guilty by his own.

    Judas then realizes that the Pharisees were playing him all along, "so Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself." Later, the Pharisees used that money to buy the field where Judas killed himself (an ugly death I have to add) to bury foreigners called Akeldama (Field of Blood).

    I see this part as Judas talking to Jesus about all that happened:

    "Perhaps I [Judas] lack some foresight (should have known)
    But brother [Jesus] you were so right
    Sure as the setting sun
    You can't trust just anyone [Judas nor the Pharisees]"

    And then, Jesus replying:

    That's what you want [the betrayal], but it's not what you're asking for [to kill Jesus]
    I said that's what you're asking [the money], but you're gonna get more than you bargained for [Jesus death and his own and all the other consequences]
    I said that's what you had [his life], but you don't have it any more [he's dead now]
    You had it coming [he did it all himself]".

    Now, in this part I see Jesus talking to Judas about his suicide and all the implications that His own death would bring to the Jewish people (they were massacred when they went in armed revolt against the Romans and the Temple was destroyed), the other disciples (most of them were chased, arrested and killed) and eventually to the whole world (everything that Christianity caused in History):

    "I [Jesus] never imagined you [Judas] dead (I never)
    But tell me, are you even aware
    That all that we did [the teaching, the pacifism], you undo?
    Iscariot, you fool"

    It's a very sad story and, in my opinion, the song and melody captures it beautifully!
    wagleon May 27, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song no doubt contains biblical references, whether the song itself is overtly singing to Judas Iscariot or using Judas as a metaphor for the betrayal of a friend. Does anyone know about the band members' religious involvement? Just curious.

    However, from a personal standpoint, the song speaks perfectly to active drug and alcohol addiction. I started listening to this song before entering treatment and then got very into it afterward. Its sombre tone, dedicated friendship, and frustration, to me, sound like the pleas (or hopeless surrender) of a devoted friend to the addicted person who has sabotaged all the help his loved ones have offered.

    Of course, I don't think this is the intended meaning, but that's how the song speaks to me.
    helloleeshon December 09, 2012   Link

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