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Lyric of the Week: BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

We are the family of embattled settlers

In the heart of our land we put down the roots

We live our lives the way we want to

In our hearts and our souls, we follow the truth

Between the barbs of our brothers

And the bombs of our cousins

We survive

We stay alive

And we call

To our nation one and all

Stop your hate

Before it’s too late


We are the last of the beleaguered believers

Holding on tight to what’s left of what’s right

Everyone else has gone black or blank

Only we have remained blue and white

No one could understand

That there’s no such thing in this land

As Right and Left

Only right and wrong

And as the enemy’s jaws close

We’re led along by the nose

Soon there’ll be nothing left

But to sing our swan song


One day

Everything we say

Is going to come true

It’s time

To get back on the line

There’s no time to wait

Before it’s too late


©2022 The Hesh Inc.

Revava, Samaria, Israel.
Revava, Samaria, Israel.

I could call this lyric "eerily prescient" in that I wrote it in 1988 and it could be said to presage the horrible events in Gush Katif in 2005, which themselves preceded the horrible "situation" that Israel faces today from terrorists in Gaza. But at the time that I wrote it, there was only speculation of what might happen should a future Israeli government choose to forcibly evacuate residents of the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza the same way it had done some six years earlier in Yamit. That "what if" sense of dread always hung over those communities and to some degree still does, although it is generally recognized, after 2005, that such an undertaking is all but impossible. And as far as I'm concerned ... let it stay impossible. The Jews have returned to their historic heartland and are not going anywhere, regardless of what anyone "wants for their future state." Musically, I imagine the song having a guitar groove similar to Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box," even though that song hadn't oozed out of anyone's conscious at the time I wrote the lyric. Never recorded or performed.

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