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New Jewish Love Songs

by Hannah Spiro

Released 2014
Released 2014
Jewish text and folk-pop melody -- both fresh and philosophical!
NOTES
Jewish is complicated, and so is love, so why not Jewish love songs? Between Torah, the Prophets, the Mishnah, and the siddur, I've had a wonderfully sticky time writing these new Jewish love songs -- new, because I made them up, and Jewish, because they're all inspired by something much older. Multiple looks at the idea of brit -- covenant -- interspersed with retellings of beloved stories and new versions of familiar prayers, "New Jewish …
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It Is Upon Us

by Hannah Spiro

Take traditional inspirations, progressive thought, and an alt-folk vibe, and swirl it all together. This is Hannah Spiro's alt-Jewish music.
  • 03:42 Lyrics
    Mi Chamochah

    Oo-ah, mi chamocha ba'elim Adonai? Oo-ah mi kamocha nedar bakodesh? Norah tehilot, oseh feleh
Norah tehilot, oseh feleh (Who is like you, Adonai, among the mighty? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, awesome in praises, doing wonders?)
 You made us free, b'nei chorin Hurled our captors into the sea Ayiyi, who is like you Adonai? Ayiyi, who can do the things you do? Oo-ah, mi chamocha… Waves rush over the ones who had us bound Timbrels jangle like our shackles falling down Ayiyi, who is like you Adonai? Ayiyi, who can do the things you do? Oo-ah, shirah chadasha, shib'chu ge'ulim Oo-ah, leshimecha al safat hayam Yachad kulam hodu veimlichu Ve'amru, Adonai, yimloch le'olam va'ed 
(A new song, the redeemed ones sang to your name at the shore of the sea. Saved from destruction, they proclaimed your sovereign power, "Adonai will rule forever and ever") Ooh ah, mi chamocha… Le'olam va'ed, le'olam va'ed (forever and ever) Le’olam va’ed, a drop of wine poured down to the ground, down to the ground Le'olam va'ed, as we sing to you we see our cousins drown, drown Le'olam va'ed, shira chadasha, let this not be in vain Le'olam va'ed, now that we are free, may we free others in your name Ayiyi, who is like you Adonai? Ayiyi, who can do the things you do? Ayiyi, who is like you Adonai? Ayiyi, who can do the things you do?

  • 03:57 Story Lyrics
    Simi Shalom

    Kol tefilati, kol tefilati Lo rak li, lo rak li eileh lashechina Hakol sh'adam tzarich, gam hi, gam hi Hakol bah, hatov vara, v'hi niftza'ah Hi niftza'ah, tefilati lah (All of my prayers, all of my prayers Not just for me, not just for me, but for God's presence Everything that we need, she does too, she does too It's all in her, the good and the bad, and she is damaged She is damaged; my prayers are for her) Simi shalom tovah uv'racha ba'olam Chen vachesed, chen vachesed v'rachamim Aleinu, aleinu, v'al kol Yisrael amach V'al atzmech, v'al atzmech Shechina V'al atzmech, v'al atzmech Shechina (Make peace, goodness, and blessing in the world, Grace, love and mercy, On us, on us, and on all of Israel, your people, And on yourself, and on yourself, Shechinah) May the words of my mouth and prayers of my heart Not be for me, not just for me, but for the spirit Everything that we need, only reflects a greater need Of all the world, it's all in her, she isn't perfect She isn't perfect, may our prayers move us to fix it Simi shalom tovah uv'racha ba'olam… At hi ezri, v'ani ezrach Shechina (You are my help, and I am your help, Shechinah)

  • 04:25 Story Lyrics
    Ma'ariv Aravim

    Baruch atah Adonai (Blessed are you, God)

    We are part of the same starlit sky

    Eloheinu melech ha'olam (Our God, sovereign of all worlds)

    Sunset falls and the boundaries are all gone

     

    Asher bidvaro ma'ariv aravim b'chochma pote'ach she'arim

    Uvitvunah, uvitvunah m'shaneh itim umachalif et hazmanim

    (By whose word the evenings fall. In wisdom, you open heaven's gates. With divine discernment, you make seasons change, causing the times to come and go)

    Baruch atah Adonai...

     

    Every night at exactly the right time, sunset falls into my weary mind

    I can rely on the moon and the twilight, I can rely on your good night

    Baruch atah Adonai...

     

    Um'sader et hakochavim b'mishmeroteihem barakiah kirtzono

    Borei yom valaila golel or mipnei choshech v'choshech mip'nei or

    (You order the stars on their appointed paths through heaven's dome, according to your will. Creator of day and night, who rolls back light before dark, and dark before light)

    Baruch atah Adonai...

     

    Adonai tz'vaot shemo

    (Ruler of all the great celestial beings is God’s name)

Aliyah

by Hannah Spiro

"Aliyah" is my debut alt-Jewish album, comprised of my own versions of prayers, stories from the Hebrew bible from a female perspective, Jewish folk tales, and more.
  • 03:17 Story Lyrics
    Lecha Dodi
    Get out the shower and I’m ready for the weekend It took so long to begin I’ll light some candles, put Pandora on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs I just want you to come in When you wrap your arms around me Monday goes out of my mind Your kisses on my face they Let me leave Tuesday behind Wednesday and Thursday follow When you whisper in my ear Telling me it’s all over, baby Telling me Friday night is here Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Now we’re surrounded by the kids you can’t get tired of They keep us laughing all night So several hours pass and baby, it’s no longer Friday We’re doing Saturday right When you wrap your arms around me Monday goes out of my mind Your kisses on my face they Let me leave Tuesday behind Wednesday and Thursday follow When you whisper in my ear Telling me it’s all over, baby Telling me Friday night is here Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah So whatcha waiting for This room looks like a dance floor Don’t make me ask again We’re among friends Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah Lecha dodi likrat kallah P’nei Shabbat n’kabelah
  • 03:57 Story Lyrics
    Wherever You Go
    And she said Don’t stay, you should go I’m dragging you down, and you of all people should know She said that I could and I should be Starting off fresh, with someone who has more to give me But she has provided me With a place where I feel loved, and understood, and safe and free She needs help, she’s poor and weak But that’s all the more reason to stay with the woman who loves me So I said Wherever you go, I will go And wherever you stay, I will stay Your people will be my people and your God my God Wherever you die, I will die And there will I be buried May the Lord deal with me severely If anything but death parts you and me And she asked How are we going to eat? I don’t see how we can stand on our own two feet So I said, I’ll just go To the fields to get the fruit where no one else is going to go And so the very next morning I stared up into a tree And I knew that what it grew would be enough for her and me Cause we are not too hungry It fills you up to know that there’s someone who loves you deeply So we’re okay And if you think I’m a fool Next time you’re lonely, I’m pretty sure that you’ll Agree that life alongside someone that you trust Makes the queen’s jewels look like diamond dust And that’s why I tell her Wherever you go, I will go And wherever you stay, I will stay Your people will be my people and your God my God Wherever you die, I will die And there will I be buried May the Lord deal with me severely If anything but death parts you and me Wherever you go, I will go And wherever you stay, I will stay Your people will be my people and your God my God Wherever you die, I will die And there will I be buried May the Lord deal with me severely If anything but death parts you and me
  • 05:33 Story Lyrics
    Rachel and Leah feat. Chrissie Miller
    He told me, ‘Seven years and you are mine, just wait. The time will fly, because I’ll see your face Be faithful and patient and then one day I’ll take you away’ He told me, ‘Oh, my eldest, do not shed a tear. You’ll wear his ring in only seven years Be faithful and patient and then one day He’ll take you away’ Oh, they don’t know how we live No, we’re giving all we can give Sister, forgive me, I have what you lack And still I am empty, empty, helpless and trapped He promised Seven years and I’d be with my man But there’s more to marriage than love and this I understand Faithful and patient, still I will wait For him to take me away I see it In his eyes, when he looks into mine There’s nothing there, and I do not know why But faithful and patient, I’ll hope and pray One day I’ll blow him away Chorus I lay with him, pray with him, love him like myself And yet I am barren, and go up on the shelf I’ll give you my maid, just don’t love her like me, oh It kills me, it kills me, it kills me, it kills me I lay with him, pray with him, love him as best I can Give him three chuldren, and he doesn’t give a damn So take my maid as well, do with her as you wish I just can’t take this, no, I just can’t take this Chorus