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Lyric of the Week: SONG FOR JERUSALEM (v.2)

I walk out on my terrace high up in the trees

Take a look at the sunrise take in the sweet breeze

Gazing at the mountains in the morning mist

I don’t think I’ll ever tire of waking up to this

I take a walk on the promenade Shabbat afternoon

The sunlight on the skyline calls to mind an old tune

Night falls and you radiate a halo in the sky

There are always tears in my eyes when I have to say goodbye

I say hey!

I say heey-ey!

The streets of the city come alive tonight

The Old City walls shine golden tonight.

People try to say you belong to someone else

But no matter what they say I’m gonna keep you for myself

People try to hurt you from without and from within

Well let them try but they ain’t ever gonna win

When I was a kid I said I’d be with you next year

But since I saw your face I wanna be with you right here

You are my iron gate and I am your key

You’re the only one with who I wanna be

I say hey!

I say heey-ey!

City of gold, and copper, and light

When I first met you it was love at first sight.

Don’t ever let me forget you no matter how much time goes by

If I ever do let my right hand wither and die

Let my tongue stick in my mouth if I don’t come back to you

I’m at the top of my joy whenever I’m with you

Sing a song Jerusalem, sing a new song

Sing a song about freedom from all who done you wrong

Sing a song Jerusalem, city of gold

Sing a song Jerusalem, the heart of my soul.

©2023 The Hesh Inc.

Jerusalem's Old City walls. Original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
The Old City walls shine golden tonight.

This is the "short version" of a much longer opus, a paean to the holy city, capital of Israel and the Jewish nation, which I first began writing when I was attending high school there. The original opus, one of the first "epics" I composed, was never recorded, but this shorter version was, by myself and my musical partner Izzy Kieffer, and it was released on Izzy's second album. We also made a video of the song, and performed the song on several occasions at the Israel Day Concert in New York City throughout the 2000s and 2010s.

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