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Everything's Alright (Jesus Christ Superstar song)

"Everything's Alright" is a song from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is about the anointing of Jesus.

"Everything's Alright"
Single by Yvonne Elliman, Ian Gillan, Murray Head and Ensemble
from the album Jesus Christ Superstar
ReleasedSeptember 1970
Recorded1970
StudioOlympic, London
GenreFolk rock, art rock
Length5:14
LabelDecca/MCA
Composer(s)Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist(s)Tim Rice
Producer(s)Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

In the song, Mary Magdalene tries to calm Jesus with an expensive ointment and tells him not to get worried. Judas accuses her of wasting resources which would be better served helping the poor.[1] Jesus retorts by saying that there will always be poverty in the world and that they will never be able to help everyone.[2]

The song is musically notable for its 5
4
time signature.

Single releaseEdit

 
Yvonne Elliman and Ted Neeley sing "Everything's Alright" in the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar

Yvonne Elliman, who sang the part of Mary Magdalene on the original rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar[3] and also in the 1971 Broadway original cast[4] and 1973 film, released a single of "Everything's Alright" in 1971, which reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

Everything's Alright (Reprise)Edit

The reprise of "Everything's Alright" is sung by Mary Magdalene to calm Jesus after his intense day of negative events, as he goes to sleep.[2] The short, 29 second reprise leads into the hit single, "I Don't Know How to Love Him," which is also sung by Mary Magdalene. In the 1973 film version, only the "Close your Eyes" number is sung, omitting all of the rest of the lyrics, including the line: "I know that I will sleep well tonight", sung by Jesus.

John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens versionEdit

"Everything's Alright"
 
Single by John Farnham, Kate Ceberano & Jon Stevens
from the album Jesus Christ Superstar
B-side"Overture"
Released18 July 1992
FormatCassette single, 7-inch single
StudioRak, London
GenrePop
Length4:51
LabelPolyGram
John Farnham singles chronology
"You're the Voice (live)"
(1992)
"Everything's Alright"
(1992)
"Seemed Like a Good Idea (At the Time)"
(1993)
Kate Ceberano singles chronology
"Calling You"
(1992)
"'Everything's Alright'"
(1992)
"I Don't Know How to Love Him"
(1992)
Jon Stevens singles chronology
"Lover My Lover"
(1982)
"'Everything's Alright'"
(1992)
"Superstar"
(1992)

John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, and Jon Stevens released a version of "Everything's Alright" in 1992. The song peaked at number 6 for one week in the Australian Recording Industry Association's ARIA Charts.[6] The song stayed in the ARIA Charts top 10 for five weeks. It spent an overall total of 14 weeks in Australia's ARIA Charts: entry date: 26 July 1992 at number 46, exit date: 25 October 1992 at number 44.[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. Everything's Alright (4.55)
  2. Overture (3.51) (by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice)

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1992) Peak
position
ARIA Singles Chart 6[7]

End of year chartsEdit

Chart (1992) Position
ARIA Singles Chart[8] 40

Sales and certificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jesus Christ Superstar show synopsis". Web.archive.org. 2012-10-15. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-03.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ a b The Really Useful Group. "Jesus Christ Superstar Synopsis". The Official Jesus Christ Superstar Website. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  3. ^ The Really Useful Group. "Jesus Christ Superstar History". The Official Jesus Christ Superstar Website. Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  4. ^ The Really Useful Group. "Jesus Christ Superstar: New York 1971". The Official Jesus Christ Superstar Website. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  5. ^ Billboard. "Everything's Alright - Yvonne Elliman". Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 23 October 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b Hung Medien. "Australian Charts: Everything's Alright". Australian Charts. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1992". Aria.com.au. Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  9. ^ "ARIA Accreditations (1987-2010)". Australian Fun Countdowns. Retrieved 2015-08-04.