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Jewish Music

Wherever You Go

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hannah spiro
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Story

Wherever You Go is a song from the point of view of Ruth, the namesake of a book in the Tanakh, the Jewish bible. In the book of Ruth, a woman named Naomi marries off her two sons to two women – Ruth being one of them – and they all move to a foreign land. When the two sons die shortly thereafter, Naomi tells her daughters in law to move back to their homes and find second husbands. One daughter in law assents, but Ruth refuses, preferring to stay with Naomi, take care of her, and find food for her left over from harvests. She promises Naomi the words that are the chorus of this song. This story is an incredibly moving tale of loyalty and the incredible bond that can exist between two people, not by virtue of romance or blood, but of caring and love.

Lyrics

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