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

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