"Close Every Door" is a song from the musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" by English lyricist, and author Tim Rice and English composer of musical theater Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show was first presented at a middle school for boys in London in 1968.It is the penultimate song of the first act of the musical, sung by Joseph while imprisoned for his supposed relationship with Potiphar's wife.
In addition to voicing Joseph's despair at being jailed for a crime he did not commit, the song appears to contain oblique references to the Jewish Holocaust of World War II. Lyrics such as "Just give me a number/Instead of my name ... Destroy me completely/Then throw me away" reflect the well-documented Nazi practices of tattooing numbers on imprisoned Jews and working them to death (or gassing them) in concentration camps, then burning the bodies or burying them in mass graves.
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