Friday, November 27, 2009

VaYeitzei (Song: Slippery Ol' Ladder)

Disclaimer: This week I have written a song. As the old adage says, songs should be sung and not read. Thus, the literary component of my work in my own opinion falls a bit short. All the same, the music is quite charming, a Jewish Gospel tune of sorts, of which I hope to post a recording/video on Sunday afternoon. Anyway, Shabbat Shalom!

Slippery Ol’ Ladder

Chorus:

Pulse up,
Pulse down,
Pulse all around
Like blood, like air,
Like waves of sound.
This ladder—
slippery old ladder.

Points up, points down,
Points all around,
Like David’s Star,
Or Shofar’s sound.
This ladder—
slippery old ladder.

Verse 1:

When sun had set,
And bowed its head,
He dreamed a world
Where angels bled

Through cracks of
Lonely universe
Like light through
Broken vessels bursts.
This ladder—
slippery ol’ ladder.

Chrorus:

Pulse up,
Pulse down,
Pulse all around
Like blood, like air,
Like waves of sound.
This ladder—
Slippery old ladder.

Step up,
Step down,
Step all around
But watch your
Feet when you hit the ground
From this ladder—
Slippery old ladder.

Points up, points down,
Points all around,
Like David’s Star,
Or Shofar’s sound.
This ladder—
Slippery ol’ ladder.

Verse 2:

His seed to be the
dust of earth,
This place to be
The shards of mirth

This stone—
A vestige
o’ things unknown,
a giant seed
heaven sown.
This ladder—
Slippery ol’ ladder.

Points up, points down,
Points all around,
Like David’s Star,
Or Shofar’s sound.

This ladder--
Slippery ol' ladder.

2 comments:

  1. In a Dream
    Making strife with an old friend
    becoming Israel
    to a swarm of angels
    The line draws on

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  2. I like the "swarm of angels" image. To what exactly does "the line" refer? Although I can assume from the historical context, if you only use your text as a guide it may be too abstract and maybe weak of an image. What's a more evocative synonym for "line?"

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