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Jewish Music

Lecha Dodi

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“Lecha Dodi” is a liturgical song written by a Kabbalist from Tzfat named Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz in the 16th century. We sing this song during the Kabbalat Shabbat service to welcome the holiday. The lyrics to its chorus, which is the chorus to this song, translate to “Come, my beloved, towards the bride, and receive the presence of Shabbat”. The bride could refer to the Shabbat itself, to God, or the singer’s friends to join with the singer to welcome and celebrate the holiday. My adaptation of “Lecha Dodi” makes much of what I love about Shabbat, which is also the beginning of the weekend, pretty clear – it’s a chance for me to forget the petty stresses of the week, to relax and let go, and to spend quality time with the people I love.

Lyrics

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