Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Arik Einstein - The Soundtrack Of A Nation

Arik Einstein died yesterday evening. Israel is in mourning. President Shimon Peres called him 'The soundtrack of the nation.' 

My friend Jessica Steinberg wrote in The Times Of Israel, "Einstein’s music was and is the soundtrack of road trips, army bases and American Jewish summer camps. His are the songs heard in the car, at the beach, during Independence Day events, after terrorist attacks; his were the songs heard throughout the dark days following the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin."

The radio and television has been wall-to-wall Einstein all day. I've been singing 'Uf Gozal' (fly little bird) continuously. And when DD went to bed I put on my Arik Einstein CD. It was the least I could do. 

Fly Little Bird

My little birds have left the nest 
Spread their wings and flown away 
And me, the old bird, I stayed in the nest
I really hope that everything will be ok 

I always knew this day would come 
The time when we would have to part 
But now it's come upon me suddenly 
No wonder I worry a bit 

Fly, little bird 
Cut through the heavens
Fly wherever your fancy takes you 
Just don't forget 
There are eagles in the sky 
Be careful... 

And now the two of us are alone in the nest 
But we are together 
Hold me tight and tell me, 'Yes - 
Don't worry, it's fun to grow old together' 

Fly, little bird
Cut through the heavens 
Fly wherever your fancy takes you 
Just don't forget 
There's are eagles in the sky 
Be careful...

I know this is how it is in nature 
I also left the nest 
But now when the moment has come 
It catches in my throat
It catches in my throat 

Fly, little bird
Cut through the heavens 
Fly wherever your fancy takes you 
Just don't forget 
There are eagles in the sky 
Be careful...


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