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Passover songs

Suffet 06 Apr 12 - 08:34 PM
ChanteyLass 06 Apr 12 - 11:55 PM
Joe Offer 28 Mar 21 - 10:13 PM
Sandra in Sydney 28 Mar 21 - 11:45 PM
Felipa 29 Mar 21 - 11:20 AM
Felipa 29 Mar 21 - 11:27 AM
GerryM 30 Mar 21 - 04:40 AM
GerryM 30 Mar 21 - 04:50 AM
GerryM 03 Apr 21 - 05:33 AM
Felipa 03 Apr 21 - 05:49 PM
Felipa 03 Apr 21 - 06:03 PM
YorkshireYankee 06 Apr 21 - 12:13 AM
Mrrzy 07 Apr 21 - 09:37 AM
Felipa 07 Apr 21 - 07:34 PM
EBarnacle 07 Apr 21 - 09:26 PM
YorkshireYankee 07 Apr 21 - 11:21 PM
Felipa 08 Apr 21 - 11:17 AM
Felipa 08 Apr 21 - 11:25 AM
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Subject: Passover song
From: Suffet
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 08:34 PM

I've Been Up On the Mountain is a song for Passover, old-time country style. You are welcome to listen to it on-line or download it for free.

Enjoy!

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 06 Apr 12 - 11:55 PM

I enjoyed listening. Good job, Steve.


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Mar 21 - 10:13 PM

This being the year of TikTok sea songs, take a listen to The Red Sea Shanty: A Pirate Passover:


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Mar 21 - 11:45 PM

brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: Felipa
Date: 29 Mar 21 - 11:20 AM

lyrics to song Steve Suffet posted

I'VE BEEN UP ON THE MOUNTAIN
Words and music: Steve Suffet ©

Start on chorus:
I've been up on the mountain and I've seen the land below,
It's a Land of Milk and Honey where we're gonna go,
Although I may not make it across the desert sand,
I've been up on the mountain and I've seen the Promised Land.

1.
Many, many years ago, back in Pharaoh's days,
There lived a man named Moses, by a princess he was raised,
He led the Hebrew children out of Egypt's land,
Then he climbed up on the mountain and he spied the Promised Land.

[repeat chorus]

2.
We toiled hard in Egypt from the moment we were born,
We've had enough of masters, their monuments we scorn,
But slavery's now behind us, we'll start our lives anew,
For I've been up on the mountain and I've seen a clear way through.

[repeat chorus]

3.
The prophets often told us of the day to come,
When the song of freedom will sound on every tongue,
But never will it happen till we take each other's hand,
And together climb the mountain till we find that Promised Land.

[repeat chorus twice]

the tune is familiar, something like the song about the Titanic"It was sad when the big ship went down" ... Maybe someone can up with a better reference point for the tune. ... In case the link fails sometime in the future.


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Subject: RE: new Passover songs
From: Felipa
Date: 29 Mar 21 - 11:27 AM

The Red Sea Shanty is a pastiche of rewritings of the Wellerman, and What will We do with the Drunken Sailor*, and ... can someone identify the other song?

I think the medley would be better without the "What will we do with the middle Matzoh?" bit.


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: GerryM
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 04:40 AM

Felipa, the other song is the theme song from the 1960s US TV situation comedy, Gilligan's Island.


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Subject: RE: Passover song
From: GerryM
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 04:50 AM

Here's the theme song from (the first season of) Gilligan's Island


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: GerryM
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 05:33 AM

THE LATKE
Tune: Traditional ("The Coo Coo")
Lyrics: Gerry Myerson

It has become traditional in some congregations to hold a debate, as part of the annual Purim celebration, on the relative merits of latkes and hamentashen. Hamentashen are associated with Purim; latkes primarily with the holiday of Chanukah, but also with Passover. This was my contribution to the debate at North Shore Temple Emanuel, Chatswood, New South Wales, in 2021.

Oh, the latke
Is so tasty,
And it sizzles as it fries.
And you never
Eat a latke
Until Passover arrives.

Gonna build me
A yeshiva
On a mountain, so high,
So that I can
See those latkes,
As they go in to fry.

Hamentashen,
Hamentashen,
Famed in story and in song,
Hate to tell you,
But you're chametz.
Go back to Purim, where you belong.

I've had latkes
From Long Island,
I've had latkes from Tel Aviv.
But the latkes
Made in Sydney
Are the best ones, I believe.

Take potato,
Egg and onion,
Matzo meal, and salt to taste.
In the skillet,
Flip 'em over,
And they'll never go to waste.

(Repeat first stanza)

Notes:
The geographical references in the 4th stanza can be adjusted to the situation.
"Chametz" means forbidden during Passover.
A version, with Chanukah references, has been posted to the Australia/NewZealand Songbook thread.

Here's a recording, by David Holt, of The Coo Coo.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Felipa
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 05:49 PM

some songs already posted elsewhere on Mudcat

Zog, Maran https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=169551

Ehad Mi Yodea - Qualo Es El Uno https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=169566

Next Year in a City of Peace - see Suffet's post 6 Apr 2004 at https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=32871#435013

Go Down Moses https://mudcat.org/@displaysong.cfm?SongID=2300

Joe Offer sang Dayenu at this week's Mudcat singing circle, but it doesn't seem to be posted on Mudcat yet, though someone gave a link to the lyrics and other information on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayenu


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Subject: ADD: Piramidn
From: Felipa
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 06:03 PM

The Building of the Pyramids https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=98670#2453026 Comical monologue

https://www.milkenarchive.org/articles/view/passover-music-for-the-favorite-family-ritual/

Piramidn by Dovid Edelstadt. The song is in Yiddish. Edelstadt's first language was Russian. He was a political activist (socialist-anarchist) and when he emigrated to the US in the early 20th century, Edelstadt found he had to write in Yiddish to reach the masses. Edelstadt died of tuberculosis at the young age of 26. Another of his poems which has been set to music, Arbeter Froyen (arbeiter frauen, working women) is also posted on Mudcat.
https://jewish-music.huji.ac.il/content/22932>v
English

In the land of pyramids,
There was a king, wicked and evil;
There all Jews were
His servants, his slaves.

Precious children watched
When a brick was missing;
Who knows how long would
this bleak slave-world have lasted?

If in the land of pyramids
There had not been a great hero,
Who fought for all the Jews
With his wisdom and his sword?
        

Transliteration

In dem land fun piramidn,
s’geven a kenig, beyz un shlekht;
geveyzn zaynen ale yidn,
zayne diner, zayne knekht.

Fitslekh kinder ayngemoyert
ven a tsigl hot gefelt;
ver veys vi lang es volt gedoyert
ot di viste shklafn velt?

Ven in land fun piramidn
volt nit gewayn a groyse held,
vas hot gekemft far ale yidn
mit zayn khokhme un zayn shverd?
        

Yiddish

אין דעם לאַנד פֿון פּיראַמידן

איז געווען אַ קעניג, בּייז און שלעכט

געוועזן זײַנען אַלע ייִדן

זײַנע דינער, זײַנע קנעכט

פּיצלעך קינדער אײַנגעמויערט

ווען אַ ציגל האָט געפֿעלט

ווער ווייס ווי לאַנג עס וואָלט געדויערט

?אָט די וויסטע שקלאַפֿן וועלט

ווען אין לאַנד פֿון פּיראמידן

וואָלט ניט געווען אַ גרויסע העלד

וואָס האָט געקעמפֿט פֿאר אַלע ייִדן

מיט זײַן חכמה און זײַן שווערד


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 06 Apr 21 - 12:13 AM

Go Down, Moses – a couple of versions here in Mudcat: GO DOWN MOSES and GO DOWN MOSES (2)

(Not sure what's going on, but when I test the links in the blickifier, I get a "404 not found" error, even though the songs are definitely there and I've copy-pasted the links. But if you do a Mudcat search for "Go Down, Moses", you should find them.)

And there is Chad Gadya (One Kid), a cumulative song for the children: Wikipedia entry


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 09:37 AM

The two I had in mind for last week's singaround were PP&M's There is a man come into Egypt, and Joan Baez's Away by the waters so blue. Giving first lines as not sure of titles. And I didn't even think of PP&M's Go tell it on the mountain, till now.

None of them use the *word* Passover.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Felipa
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 07:34 PM

I don't understand why Chad Gaya is a passover song. I've asked when I heard it sung, and the only answer I got was something like "because there were goats in the shetl." (the "kid" is a kid goat) That hardly explains a particular association with Pesach. Just a tradition, I suppose.

I can't see the Yorkshire Yankee's links now, but Go Down Moses was a spiritual sung by Afro-American slaves and version number 2 in the DT has a verse about Jesus. So on 3 April I gave a link to the verses I thought more suitable to sing at a Jewish holiday occasion.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 09:26 PM

Chad Gadya is a Pesach song because it speaks to the isolation of the Jewish people, symbolized by the kid. The kid is both a representation because of its helplessness and the Israelite history as shepherds.
In Exodus, the commandment is to serve a kid to each family group and to daub the blood on the doorposts of the Israelites.
Finally, in the Commandments handed down at Sinai, the instruction is that thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 11:21 PM

Felipa, you're right. Although I grew up singing this at every Seder and just assumed it was a Jewish song (as one does), I did some googling and found this NPR piece explaining how American Jews adopted/culturally appropriated the song: How The African-American Spiritual 'Go Down Moses' Became Part Of Passover

As for Chad Gadya, the Haggadah my family used said that the kid symbolised Israel/the Jews, victimised by Egypt and all the other countries/religions/cultures (I'm paraphrasing). Also, the penultimate verse refers to the Angel of Death, who plays an important role in the Passover story.

But I'd guess that the main reason it's part of the Passover service is that when you have small children who have to sit through a meal that can take several hours and is full of lots of solemn, religious material, a song like that is useful to regain their interest and allows them to participate and maybe even get a few wiggles out of their system.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 11:17 AM

And I thought everyone who knew the song knew that "Go Down Moses" was a spiritual, which is also obviously applicable both to slavery in America and ancient slavery in Egypt!

There's also the repeated lines re "Pharoah's army got drown-ded" in the well-known song, "Oh Mary don't you weep."

Go Tell it on the Mountain (mentioned by Mrrzy) is also a spiritual and the way I know it, is obviously a Christmas song.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Felipa
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 11:25 AM

The version of the spiritual Go Tell it on the Mountain recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary; mentions Jesus but is mainly about freedom from slavery. You could rewrite one line to suit the occasion:

Who's that yonder dressed in white,
Let my people go.
Must be the people of the Israelites
Let my people go.

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hill and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.

Who's that yonder dressed in red,
Let my people go.
Must be the people that Moses led
Let my people go.

Who's that yonder dressed in black
Let my people go.
Must be the hypocrites turning back
Let my people go.

The Christmas song version is attributed to John Wesley Work, Jr
(see https://gaither.com/go-tell-it-on-the-mountain-the-story-behind-the-song/)
partial lyrics:

While shepherds kept their watching
O'er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a Holy light

Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: GerryM
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 07:18 PM

Felipa, from memory, the PP&M recording does not mention Jesus – it replaces that line with "Let my people go".


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 09:07 AM

If you're of a whimsical frame of mind next Passover, my wife and I wrote this one-verse homage to "One Toke Over the Line":

One cup over the line, sweet Jesus,
One cup over the line
Sitting at home at the seder table,
One cup over the line.
Waiting for Elijah to ring our doorbell,
Hoping that the dude is on time.
Manischewitz or Mogen David,
One cup over the line.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 Apr 21 - 10:41 PM

Perhaps that first line should end with Sweet Moshe.


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Subject: RE: Passover songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 10 Apr 21 - 11:53 AM

I've been thinking that.


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