"Precious Jerusalem" as written by and Andre/kuersch Olbrich....
No doubt doubt
No longer need to hide it
I've found out who I am
I' moved around in circles
I rise and fall again
I know it well
Every word I tell
Seems to make no sense at all

Words will heal it
Love will conquer
The hearts of the hopeless
The almighty is still alive

Risin' up from the heart of the desert
Risin' up for Jerusalem
Risin' up from the heart of the desert
Building up old Jerusalem
Risin' up from the heart of the desert
Risin' up for Jerusalem
Risin' up from the heart of the desert
Building up old Jerusalem

I've gone beyond
But there's no life
And there is nothing how it seems
I've gone beyond
But there's no life
There is no healing rain in Eden
The empty barren wasted paradise

Let's celebrate the dawning of the son

I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny your prophets their passion and treat them like fools
I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny my love but you can change fate

Son of man
You truly are mine

Can't stand the pain
No more grief and misery
It goes on and on and on and on
and on and on and on

Father stop it now
We must stop it now

You really think you are half way up
I would not mind if you were right
It's not sure
I'd rather say you are half way down
So I am going to help you
If I can

I've been caught
In wilderness
In wilderness
I've got out well
I found myself
In desert lands
In desert lands
But you've been on my mind

I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny your prophets their passion and treat them like fools
I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny my love but you can change truth

Rise up and follow me
'Cause I will bring the light
Rise up and follow me
Wake up and clear your mind
I try to bring it back
The seed of life
I try to bring it back
The seal of light

So if you say
There's no faith in man
You better keep in mind
That I can read between the lines
My heavy burden brings
Eyesight to the blind

I've been caught
In wilderness
In wilderness
I've got out well
I found myself
In desert lands
In desert lands
But you've been on my mind

I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny your prophets their passion and treat them like fools
I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
Deny my love but you can change me


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"Precious Jerusalem" as written by Hans Juergen Kuersch Andre Olbrich

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  • +2
    General CommentI agree with a few points of view here. There are blatant references to Jesus such as:
    "Son of man
    (You truly are mine)...

    Father stop it now
    We must stop it now"

    But it also is talking about the peace that Jerusalem can never seem to attain and how Jesus was supposed to be a means to create just that.

    When I first heard the part:
    "I've been caught in wilderness in wilderness
    I've get out well
    I found myself in desert lands in desert lands
    But you've been on my mind"

    I thought of Moses when he was in the desert for 40 years trying to find Canaan. Not sure if this would make sense or not.

    Though there are references to Jesus, it seems to be mainly about the region and it's distance from God. To Jerusalem, Jesus was just another unheeded messenger. It seems to suggest God is saddened by this rather than angry or wrathful.

    Though I am not religious, this makes sense to me in the song and I find it very beautiful and tragic.
    Ashaeraon September 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGoing from the title "Precious Jerusalem," we are at least hinted that it has some connection with Jerusalem. Now, Jerusalem was the holy city of the Jews, God's chosen people, and tradition held it to be the location of the mountain where God spoke to Abraham, where David built his city, and where Solomon built his temple. In Christian belief, Jerusalem is also representative of the Church, whose doors are open by extension to the whole world.

    OK. So, what about Jerusalem? The adjective used in the title and throughout the song is "precious"; but precious to whom? Well, that is the question. I would submit--and I don't think I am alone in this--that this song is from the perspective of Jesus, and it is about his longing for his love for "Jerusalem" to be reciprocated, and his undertaking of the task he set out to complete as told in the Gospels: Redemption. That seems to be the main thrust of the chorus, and of the whole song:

    "I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
    Deny your prophets their passion and treat them like fools
    I turn to you oh my poor old Jerusalem
    Deny my love but you can't change fate"

    This echoes, as has already been pointed out: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" (Lk 13:34)


    Further, the following is actually a pretty handy distillation of Christian theology:

    "Words will heal it
    Love will conquer the Hearts of the hopeless
    The almighty is still alive"

    "Words will heal it" - Words will heal what? What is there to heal? Human wickedness, and unfaithfulness to God. Thats pretty much the whole thread of drama throughout the old testament: the Jews repeatedly straying from God. And "words" will heal this? Sounds about right: "The truth shall set you free" = the Gospel (literally "good news").

    "Love will conquer the hearts of the hopeless" - Amen. Not really much to add to that. Thats pretty much the heart of Christianity.

    "The almighty is still alive" - "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living." (Mt 22:35)


    "I've gone beyond but there's no life
    And there is nothing how it seems
    I've gone beyond but there's no life
    There is no healing rain in Eden
    The empty barren wasted paradise
    Let's celebrate the dawning of the Sun"

    This is pretty much consistent with the whole idea of the world being full of human iniquity and needing to be healed. After the fall, humans must suffer the consequences of sin, primarily death. They are banished from Eden and barred from eternal life, and the consequences of the fall spread over all of creation - the "empty barren wasted paradise". There is no "healing rain" or redemption for man in the fallen paradise. That's what Jesus came to do, hence: "Let's celebrate the dawning of the Sun" which is an analogy for the coming of Jesus who will bring light and life to the world.

    In light of this, the following from later in the song makes perfect sense:

    "Rise up and follow me cause I will bring the light
    Rise up and follow me wake up and clear your mind
    I try to bring it back the seed of life
    I try to bring it back the seal of light"


    Also,

    "I've been caught in wilderness in wilderness
    I've get out well
    I found myself in desert lands in desert lands
    But you've been on my mind"

    This seems to be a reference to Jesus's fasting for 40 days in the wilderness.

    These are just a few comments in passing, and not a complete analysis of the lyrics. Still, the meaning of the song seems pretty clear to me. It's about Jesus coming to redeem mankind after ages of living under the shadow of evil seemingly without hope of deliverance. the center stage for this is Jerusalem, the holy city of the Jews, where he goes to proclaim his teaching, and ultimately to die on the cross and be resurrected. Maybe you believe that, maybe you do not. But if one sees the narrative thread it is certainly an incredible story, and makes for the powerful song. I think BG did a brilliant job with this.
    Nordenon July 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song has to do with the end of WWII. After the cmaps were liberated and the Jews went to Israel, the promised land. My evidence to support this:

    Risin' up from the heart of the desert
    Risin' up from Jerusalem
    Risin' up from the heat of the desert
    Building up old Jerusalem
    Risin' up from the heart of the desert
    Risin' up from Jerusalem
    Risin' up from the heat of the desert
    Heading out for Jerusalem

    Mainly 'Building up Jerusalem' and 'Heading out for Jerusalem' And Jerusalem is the captial of Israel, so that's why I think this song is about the Jews that were freed from the camps and built up Jerusalem to what it is today. A thriving city with green land.

    Can't stand the pain
    No more grief and misery

    Referring to concentration/death camps. And the fact that in anchient times Israel was supposed to be a safe land, a place of peace, at least I'm pretty sure but I won't bet on it.
    arcane_darknesson December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd also 'I rise and fall again' Everytime we (the Jewish people) escape the horrors and such and our numbers are diminished and then within a few hundred or a thousand years we build up our numbers only to be pushed down again.
    arcane_darknesson December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo if you say there's no faith in man
    You better keep in mind
    That I can read between the lines
    MY HEAVY BURDEN BRINGS EYESIGHT TO THE BLIND

    I think this has to do with Jesus, actually- his burden being that he's a prophet and can do all these great things- he brings eyesiht to the blind.

    I've been caught in wilderness in wilderness
    I've get out well
    I found myself in desert lands in desert lands
    But you've been on my mind

    I think this is self explanitory
    I turn to you oh my precious Jerusalem
    Deny your prophets their passion and treat them like fools
    I turn to you oh my poor old Jerusalem
    Deny my love but you can't change me

    A recurring theme being prophets and mistreating them- something that happened...obviously.

    Rise up and follow me cause I will bring the light
    Rise up and follow me wake up and clear your mind
    I try to bring it back the seed of life
    I try to bring it back the seal of light

    I think this is rather self explanitory too: a 'speech' (for lack of a better word) to Jesus' followers.

    I'm not saying that I'm positive that this song is from Jesus' point of view before his execution, but it's an idea I thought I'd throw in there.
    Primus Diddyon April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm also think that is about Jesus, not Juwes (I don't think, that Hansi or some one of BG are Juwe, so I can't see reason to write song about them).

    There words of Fallen angel: "You really think you are half way up
    I would not mind if you were right
    (It's not sure)
    I'd rather say you are half way down
    So I am going to help you if I can"

    and some other things, that directs us to Bible and Jesus, his misery and mission, burden of sins of mankind. And as you do remember - he ended his mortal life in Jerusalem
    Moristaron January 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song. I think it might be about a dude finding salvation through religion in Jerusalem (although i don't know for sure cuz I'm a Pagan and not Christian, Jew or Muslim)
    River Wolfon April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually given Blind Guardian's penchant for the Middle ages and Fantasy....and by the heading out for Jerusalem part, this could (and more than likely is) about Richard Cor Leonis (The Lionhearted.) The whole part about the fact that he's heading out for Jerusalem, and finds himself in desert lands, and defended the Kingdom of Jerusalem, this makes more sense than Jesus (though one can see with the whole eyesight to the blind part.)
    omenbunnyon August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFather stop it now
    We must stop it now

    Jesus :P

    Lionhearth didn't ever made it to Jerusalem. The song could make sens with the crusades thougt.
    Glaurungon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're right, it was Geraard van Ruddervoorde, not Richard the Lion-Hearted.
    Shred is not Deadon October 04, 2006   Link

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