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I am speechless

For once I am at a loss for words

I am peaceless

Dumbstruck by the things I’ve seen and heard

I am scattered

I can’t put my thoughts together

I am tattered

As if buffeted but stormy winds and weather

Well how can I go on singing love songs

When things are much more bitter than sweet

How can I keep on rolling along

While heads roll in the streets

My people are getting killed

Their blood is being spilled

And I sit here praying for our enemies’ defeat.

I am helpless

On the other side of the world, far from the scene

I am restless

Maybe I’m safe here, but I’m far from serene

I am reeling

From too many punches feeling stoned and drunk

I am congealing

Freezing up without a way out of this funk

How can I write my soul in exile songs

While young mothers are murdered

How can I go on pretending I’m strong

While my resolve is undermined further

The innocents are slaughtered

Their blood flows like water

And I sit here so far away, a frustrated observer

I am haunted

The images are burned deep in my mind

I am daunted

The task ahead is huge and barely outlined

I am burdened

Trying to escape it is like hiding from the day

I am determined

To not ever let the evil ones get their way

How can I play upbeat music

When everything is on its way down

How can I excuse it

When the wail of anguish is the prevailing sound

My people bury their dead

They travel the roads with dread

And I sit here watching a nation go to ground.

Well I will play my music

I’ll write my soul in exile songs

I’ll sing of love and loss and anger

I’ll keep moving ahead and rolling along

Because it’s a sin

To let the bastards win

I won’t be defeated—I will be strong.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Detail of "Blood Music Anguish" - original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
How can I write my soul in exile songs / While young mothers are murdered.

This lyric was originally written in the early 2000s, while the so-called second intifada was raging and Israel was plagued by a rash of suicide-homicide bombers. But sadly, enragingly, the plague of antisemitic murders still continues 18 years later, even if the methods have shifted.

May there be no further reason to write songs like these.

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