These are songs with strong religious overtones, or my favorite.....Hey! I didn't know (some) of these songs were based on the Bible?

Katy Perry started of her music career as a gospel-rock artist under the name of Katy Hudson. The singer's Christian back story crops up in this song where she references the Old Testament account of Queen Esther, a Jewish orphan who married a Persian king and uncovered a plot to exterminate the Jews

In her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues Billie Holiday indicated an argument with her mother over money led to the song. She indicated that during the argument her mother said the line "God bless the child that's got his own." The anger over the incident led her to turn that line into a starting point for a song, which she worked out in conjunction with Herzog. In his 1990 book Jazz Singing, Will Friedwald  indicates it as "sacred and profane" as it references the Bible while indicating that religion seems to have no effect in making people treat each other better. The lyrics refer to an unspecified Biblical verse: "Them that's got shall get, them that don't shall lose, so the Bible says, and it still is news. . . . " This likely refers to Matthew 25:29 or Luke 8:18. This version is by Blood-Sweat & Tears (My favorite)

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.Is "Crystal Blue" is a reference to the Book of Revelation?, Tommy James replied: "Yes, it is. It's out of the Bible. The imagery was right out of Chapter 19 of the Book of Revelation, about the lake of crystal, and just what John sees. The imagery was just right there. 'Crystal blue persuasion,' although those words aren't used together, it was what the image meant to me."

Apollo 100 -  Joy (Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring)

Jesu, joy of man's desiring, Holy wisdom, love most bright; Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,With the fire of life impassioned, Striving still to truth unknown,Soaring, dying round Thy throne. Through the way where hope is guiding, Hark, what peaceful music rings;Where the flock, in Thee confiding, Drink of joy from deathless springs. Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure. Thou dost ever lead Thine own the love of joys unknown

"Any Dream Will Do" is a popular song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
It is generally the beginning and the concluding song of the musical, sung by the title character of Joseph.
It has been sung by numerous performers both on stage and on record including Jason Donovan, John Barrowman, Donny Osmond, Andy Gibb, Phillip Schofield, Darren Day, Lee Mead, Connie Talbot and Toy Dolls.
Joe Cuddy's version was a number one hit in Ireland in 1974. The song was voted Broadway Song of the Year in 1981 and won an Ivor Novello Award in 1991

"Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)", often abbreviated to "Turn! Turn! Turn!", is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962


This story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Old Testament's Book of Genesis, you can watch this movie, just click the "Watch a Movie" page

"Pray" became Hammer's biggest hit on the Billboard Top 100, where it peaked at number 2, becoming a Top-20 Hit in nine countries. The track helped make Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em the number one album of the year  In the US, the song was certified gold on November 26, 1990, with sales over 500,000 copies

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As the Play goes this song is sung by the spirit of Judas Iscariot, where he questions why Jesus chose to arrive in the manner that he did and if what happened to him was truly part of a divine plan. Although it may be considered accusatory, it is dominated by the repetitive apologies of Judas for questioning ("Don't you get me wrong", "I only want to know")

Kris Kristofferson wrote the song during an emotionally low period of his life after having attended a religious service conducted by the Rev. Jimmie Rogers Snow. "'Why Me, Lord'" - as the song is sometimes known - "may seem greatly out of character for Kristofferson, but it can be interpreted as his own personal religious rephrasing of 'Sunday Morning Coming Down.' In this case, he is 'coming down' not from drugs, but from the whole hedonistic euphoria of the (1960s)." Kristofferson's gruff vocal styling as "perfect" for the song, since "he sounds like a man who has lived a lot but is now humbling himself before God.

Amen was arranged by Jester Hairston, for the Sidney Poitier film Lilies of the Field (1963), which popularized the song. Curtis Mayfield said "I'd gone to see 'Lilies of The Field,' and the song in it, 'Amen,' was very inspiring for me as was the movie . . . Of course, I'd decided to do a version of it. We put it together in the studio starting off with a musical 'swing low sweet chariot', and then we fell into that particular song with somewhat of a marching rhythm."[3] The song was the first Impressions' hit that Mayfield did not write.

The song went to number one on Cashbox Magazine's R&B chart for three weeks and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1964.[4] The B-side, "Long, Long Winter", peaked at #35 on the Cashbox R&B chart. A new version was released by The Impressions in 1969 under the title "Amen (1970)", reaching #44 on the Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles chart in January 1970