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  1. Nobody

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I wrote this from the perspective of Judas Iscariot: the bad guy, the villain, the apostate, the traitor. Knowing there is far more to his story than we could ever possibly know, I imagined Judas dropping everything, and following a whole-hearted Messiah around the eastern Mediterranean seaboard.

Judas surely harbored secret ambitions to achieve professional recognition and executive status in the coming, new administration. For three years, Judas followed Jesus, hearing him talk over and over again about a kingdom on earth. The idea of being exalted from a Nobody to a Somebody was alluring to Judas, so he waited, and he bided his time. But when it finally dawned on Judas that there would be no literal, physical Kingdom on earth during his lifetime, it must have wrecked his world—so much so that he wanted no further part in it. Unwilling to be a Nobody, Judas went and did what he did, betraying the very one who indeed transforms Nobodies into Somebodies.

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Nobody

Vapor trails disappear in the sky​​​​​​​
I have walked with you far and wide​​​​​​
I was a young man three years prior​​​​​​
How life can change in the blink of an eye​​​​​

It’s only now that I’m older and tired​​​​​
I long to see the sea’s far side​​​​​

Am I willing to be, am I willing to be a nobody?​​​
Am I rushing to see, now I’m rushing to see a nobody​​
Now you’re washing my feet, I forgot how to be a nobody​
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It’s not that I have a soul that has died
I have committed no tangible crime
But even with sight men still go blind
From all the darkness we keep inside

In my heart I despised any house
That made room for any honest doubt

Am I willing to be, am I willing to be a nobody?
Am I rushing to see, now I’m rushing to see a nobody
Now you’re washing my feet, I forgot how to be a nobody

I think God lets us walk on a wire​​​​​​​
He knows we’re lovers of the open sky​​​​​​
Creatures insecure and infinitely proud​​​​​​
I was a light that had long burned-out​​​​​​

​All I wanted to be, all I wanted to be was somebody
But am I willing to be, am I willing to be a nobody?
Am I rushing to see, now I’m rushing to see this nobody
Now you’re washing my feet, I forgot how to be a nobody

Vapor trails disappear into the sky
You have walked with me far and wide