This song is mistakenly credited to The Wright Brothers. It is instead written and performed by The Brothers Bright....
There's a reckoning a'coming
It burns beyond the grave
There's lead inside my belly
'Cause my soul has lost its way

Oh Lazarus, how did your debts get paid?
Oh Lazarus, were you so afraid?

When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
With the hounds of hell coming after you
I've got blood, I've got blood on my name

When the fires, when the fires are consuming you
And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
I've got blood, I've got blood, blood on my name

Not a spell gonna be broken
With a potion or a priest
When you're cursed you're always hoping
That a prophet would be grieved

Oh Lazarus, how did your debts get paid?
Oh Lazarus, were you so afraid?

Can't you see I'm sorry?
I will make it worth your while
Made of dead mans money
You can see it in my smile

Oh Lazarus, how did your debts get paid?
Oh Lazarus, were you so afraid?

When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
And the whole wide world's coming after you
I got blood, I got blood on my name

When the fires, when the fires are consuming you
And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
I got blood, I got blood, blood on my name

It won't be long
'Til I'm dead and gone
It won't be long
'Til I'm dead and gone
Watch the fires rise
Burn through my skin
Down to the bone
Scorching my soul
Nowhere to run
Nowhere to run
Nowhere to run

When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
With the hounds of hell coming after you
I've got blood, I've got blood on my name

When the fires, when the fires are consuming you
And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
I've got blood, I've got blood on my name

When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
And the whole wide world's coming after you
I've got blood, I've got blood, blood on my name


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Blood On My Name song meanings
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    General CommentThere are two characters named Lazarus in the bible. The better known Lazarus is about a man risen from the dead, and the story can be found in the Gospel of John. The lesser known Lazarus is from the Gospel of Luke. This Lazarus was a beggar "covered in sores" (Luke 16:20) who laid at the gate of an unnamed rich man, longing for the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table. Despite living in luxury (Luke 16:19), the rich man denied Lazarus his help. In fact, his dogs showed more pity by licking Lazarus' sores clean (Luke 16:21).

    In time, both the beggar and the rich man died. Lazarus went to heaven - Abraham's bosom - and the rich man went to hell, or Hades (Luke 16:23). When the rich man saw Lazarus in Abraham's bosom, he asked Abraham to send Lazarus to dip his finger in a well and drop the water on the rich man's tongue (Luke 16:24). Abraham points out that the rich man never helped Lazarus, who lived a life of suffering and is now comforted, just as the rich man lived a life of luxury and now has an eternity of suffering (Luke 16:25).

    The rest of the parable concerns the rich man asking Abraham to send Lazarus back to his brothers so they will not spend an eternity in torment as well, with Abraham's response being, "If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, they won't be convinced even by a dead man risen," (Luke 16:31).

    The moral of the story being, help those in need or burn in hell.

    This song seems to be from the perspective of the rich man in the parable. It seems to imply that the rich man has some sort of foresight that he is damned for not helping Lazarus, but that could just be my (mis)interpretation of the lyrics. For example, "there's a reckoning a'coming, it burns beyond the grave," and, "It won't be long 'til I'm dead and gone."

    It also implies that he knows Lazarus is in heaven - "Oh Lazarus, how did your debts get paid?" - despite the implication that the rich man is alive and has not yet seen Lazarus in Abraham's bosom.

    Aside from those inconsistencies, it's pretty straight forward. He has blood on his name - my guess is Lazarus', because the beggar essentially starved to death because the rich man would not feed him - and he worries that when he dies he's going to hell because of it. "Can't you see I'm sorry? I will make it worth your while," seems like he is trying to bargain with Lazarus in the afterlife.

    "Made of dead man's money," could mean the profit he made or kept by refusing to help the needy, but it could also mean that he is dying himself and the riches he defined his life by are all he has to offer, despite their uselessness once he's dead.

    I'm not really good at interpreting lyrics so I would love to read some different perspectives on this great song. And, I'm not actually religious - don't let the bible verses fool you, I just like citing my sources - so I'd like to see responses from any people who are religious and have better insights on this parable than I gleaned from it.
    quietdollon April 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningEarlier I saw a comment (Made by quietdoll on songmeanings.com) that described multiple parts of the song, however he did not cover every single part. He also stated that he was a atheist, and he would like for someone of the christian faith to share their thoughts on the song. Well, as a high school sophomore studying in theology, I figured I could give a interpretation as well as any other.

    "There's a reckonin' a-comin', And it burns beyond the grave"

    Obviously in reference to the judgement seat of Christ (God), 2 Corinthians 5:10. In both the Christian and Jewish faith, there is the belief of every single human standing before the judgement seat of God, where God then goes through all of the things you have done in your life. Where the beggar, Lazarus, was sent would be Abraham's Bosom, a part of the Sheol (Grave) that prophets and others were sent waiting for Yom HaMelech (Day of the King, Coronation of the King, etc.)

    Lead inside my belly
    'cause my soul has lost its way

    In reference to Roman culture, as this was in Rome, after all. Roman Patricians (Roman Nobles) had the habit of using lead syrup (Sapa) in their foods, especially in their wine. This verse is most likely to show that the Patricians used their wealth on frivolous, nonsensical things instead of helping the poor in their community. And doing so quite literally killed them.

    Oh, Lazarus
    How did your debts get paid?
    Oh, Lazarus
    Were you so afraid?

    The first part, while not actually happening in the bible (The Rich Man and Lazarus talking), was able to show the characteristics of the Rich Man. The first part is him asking (not begging just yet) Lazarus how he was able to pay off his sins and make it into Abraham's Bosom. I am not quite sure about the second part, but I believe that it is not the Rich Man asking him for a legitimate answer, but he is trying to make a bit of small talk to try and ease Lazarus into giving him an answer.

    When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
    With the Hounds of Hell comin' after you
    I've got blood, I've got blood on my name

    Both the fires and the Hounds of Hell are pretty explanatory, both are referring to hell. The second part is there to show that the death of Lazarus is on the Rich Man's head.

    When the fires, when the fires are consumin' you
    And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
    I've got blood, I've got blood
    Blood on my name

    Now that the fires are consuming him, his damnation is present. Sacred stars is in reference to star worship (Astrolatry), which was present in both Hellenistic (Greek) and Greco-Roman religion.

    Not a spell gonna be broken
    With a potion or a priest
    When you're cursed you're always hopin'
    That a prophet would be grieved

    In reference to Luke 16:30 with the prophet verse, however the first three are in reference to biblical curses/spells in general. No spells/curses in the Bible are weak. All of them take great effort to remove or apply, and generally require some sort of effort made by God.

    Oh, Lazarus
    How did your debts get paid?
    Oh, Lazarus
    Were you so afraid?

    Repeat of what I said earlier. However, the shouting begins to show just how desperate he is starting to get.

    Can't you see I'm sorry
    I will make it worth your while
    Made a dead man's money
    You can see it in my smile

    In reference to all of the wealth he had, but he never used it for anyone and kept it to himself. The 3rd line reinforces this fact, that many people died due to his selfishness. It also shows how desperate he is, once again, by the 4th line. He is basically pleading to Lazarus, "You are right. I am scum. But lives are at stake here! Don't you care?"

    Oh, Lazarus
    How did your debts get paid?
    Oh, Lazarus
    Were you so afraid?

    Once again, used to show how depraved his mind is now, to the extent that he is so desperate he is mad.

    When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
    And the whole wide world's comin' after you
    I've got blood, I've got blood on my name

    I already annotated this line, however I am going to re-annotate it to point out that this line fits Cain rather well, more so than the Rich Man.

    When the fires, when the fires are consuming you
    And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
    I've got blood, I've got blood
    Blood on my name

    Already mentioned.

    It won't be long
    'Til I'm dead and gone

    Shows that he knows he is damned, and that he will stay there for eternity, never to be seen again.

    It won't be long
    'Til I'm dead and gone
    Watch the fires rise under my skin
    Down to the bone
    Scorchin' my soul

    Mentioning hell pretty much destroying him, to the extent of "scorching his soul".

    Nowhere to run
    Nowhere to run
    Nowhere to run

    Stated three times to show that he is damned, and that there is no escape.

    When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
    With the Hounds of Hell comin' after you
    I've got blood, I've got blood on my name
    When the fires, when the fires are consuming you
    And your sacred stars won't be guiding you
    I've got blood, I've got blood on my name
    When the fires, when the fires have surrounded you
    And the whole wide world's comin' after you
    I've got blood, I've got blood
    Blood on my name

    All three of these stanzas already annotated.
    AmorDeuson February 11, 2018   Link

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