So, you can heal,
they claim with conviction.
You've got a crowd.
So, what's your appeal?
Your voice?
Your predictions?
They're getting loud.

But, if I let you die,
you must forgive me.

Raise me up;
up through the ashes.
[Welcome the paradise you made!]
Take me on,
into the light.

You want to die;
create some sensation;
be making the news?
An eye for an eye,
my king of creation.
King of the Jews.

Before I let you die,
you must forgive me.

Raise me up;
up through the ashes.
[Welcome the paradise you made!]
Take me on,
into the light.

Give me sign of remorse!
I don't need your blood!
You will hang on the cross
for playing God!

You, the people, must decide:
the self proclaimed prophet,
or the novice murderer?
The king or the convict?
It's up to you.
So tell me:
who's free to go?

[Barabbas! Barabbas! Barabbas!]

Raise me up;
up through the ashes.
[Forgive my every sin!]
Take me on,
into the light.

Lyrics submitted by deathazre, edited by Kuroth, Trilkin

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    General CommentI think it's told from the specific perspective of Pontius Pilate.
    "You the people must decide
    The self proclaimed prophet
    Or the malice... murderer
    The king or the convict
    It's up to you
    So tell me
    Who's free to go"
    Only Pilate had the actual authority to commute the sentence of Barabbas
    leucison June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it switches back and forth between Pontius Pilate's and the crowd's perspectives. leucis is right, Pontius was the only person with authority to decide whether to release Jesus or Barabbas, and the part where it says "before I let you die, you must forgive me" reminds me of how Pilate washed his hands, trying to wash away the guilt of turning over Jesus.

    However, Pilate didn't mock Jesus, the crowd did.

    "You want to die
    Create some sensation
    Be making the news
    An eye for an eye
    My king of creation
    King of the Jews"

    He was given the thorn crown, and a sign placed above his head saying "King of the Jews." He was told that if he really was the son of God, he should jump down and save himself to prove it.

    Either way, a majorly kickass song, my favorite by Kamelot.
    atoutlem0ndeon June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe this is written in the perspective of one of the Roman soldiers at Christ's crucifixion. Very powerful song.
    kamelotfanon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah this is one of my favorites. Its from the view point of Pontius Pilate once the jewish leaders hand Jesus over. Even though Pilate finds no fault in Jesus he brings him before the people and a murderer.

    Pontius is asking for forgiveness and salvation from Jesus.
    kyrusosison September 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat does Pilate mean by, "an eye for an eye" ?
    danthedukeon January 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWOW, visualizing this whole scenario is epic as hell while listening to the song. Probably one of their most epic songs, extremely symphonic and tense.
    corerulezon May 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously talking about Jesus, especially at the part were it says "King of the Jews"
    horrorfestloveron September 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOutside of the crowd shouting 'Barabbas!' at the end this entire song is spoken from Pilate's perspective exclusively.

    Pilate *is* lightly mocking Jesus here, but only his stubbornness in an attempt to save his life. As with the Biblical account, he doesn't think Jesus is being reasonable, but also doesn't believe Jesus is guilty of being anything more than maybe a little crazy and very charismatic. Remember that Pilate isn't Jewish; he has no reason to have a horse in this race, but he does have SOME sense and is well aware that this is a murderous witch hunt. He has no desire to see Jesus die. Politics tie his hands, though. Pilate is stuck doing this or potentially starting a riot.

    After trying to get Jesus to recant by telling him the reality of his situation - something Jesus is well aware of anyway - he gives up and finally defers to the crowd, washing his hands of the situation. It's easy to say that Pilate was in the wrong by not intervening, but how many people would've died in the ensuing riot if Jesus was pardoned? This was, pragmatically speaking, the only sane decision for him.
    Trilkinon June 09, 2018   Link

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