New Songs for Your Seder

New Songs to Old Tunes

Lyrics written or adapted by Michael Hilton (April 2016- 9)

NEW FOR 2019

THERE’S NOWHERE TO GO BUT OUT! (Tune: There’s nowhere to go but up!  from “Mary Poppins Returns”)

Life’s like a cloud
That tumbles or rises
Depending on what’s in the air.
Leave Egypt with hope
And joyful surmises,
And then my good friends
A good future we’ll share —

Just follow that cloud
As we all sing aloud
There’s nowhere to go but out!
Pack your dough on your backs
And your things in your sacks
There’s nowhere to go but out!

If the time feels right
In the midnight moonlight
After 400 years
Your heart will take flight
In the depth of the night
If you keep out of sight
There’s nowhere to go but out!

SOLO:    Now — I feel light and free
It’s a shiny new me
And there’s nowhere to go but out!
Just one night at the feast
With my matzah – no yeast –
And there’s nowhere to go but out!
Now my heart is so light
That I think I just might
Start skipping along
To my new seder song
We’ll be leaving quite soon
By the light of the moon
And there’s nowhere to go but out!

ALL: We’re running and dancing
Our feet ever prancing
As we make our way through the crowd
All this bobbing and weaving
All comes from believing
It’s magic to follow the cloud.
The past is the past
It lives on as history
And that’s an important thing
The future comes fast
Each second a mystery
For nobody knows what
Tomorrow may bring —

Out there in the blue
With a marvellous view
Tomorrow may be the key
Once I couldn’t get out
Now I’m out and about
We’ll journey to reach the sea

Now my heart is so light
That I think I just might
Start skipping along
To my new seder song
We’ll be leaving quite soon
By the light of the moon
And there’s nowhere to go but out!

If your night’s up the spout
Well there isn’t a doubt
There’s nowhere to go but out!
And if you don’t believe
Just hang on to my sleeve
For there’s nowhere to go but out!
As you march out of town
And you never change tack
Then we’ll all get away
If we never look back
Let the past take a bow
The forever is now
And there’s nowhere to go but out! Out!
There’s nowhere to go but out!

(Practically perfect in every way)

THE HUMBLE JEW LIVES STILL  (Tune: The Rains of Castamere, from “Game of Thrones”)

And who are you, Elijah said,
that I must bow so low?
Only tonight in my old coat,
That’s all the truth I know.

The priests of Baal called on their gods
To light their altars high
While I poured water all around
And called on ADONAI.

And so they ruled, and went to war
Their enemies to kill —
But now their kingdoms are but dust,
The humble Jew lives still,
But now their kingdoms are but dust,
The humble Jew lives still.

NEW IN 2018

NIGHT OF THE MOON (Tune: City of Stars from the musical “La La Land”)

Voice 1: Night of the moon
Are you shining just for me?
Night of the moon
There’s so much that we can’t see.
Who knows?
I felt it from that first good food I shared with you
Voice 2: That now our dreams
Will finally come true
Night of the moon
With all the matzah we could get
Hand me a spoon
To dip my maror in the dusky charoset

All: We’re free
Yes, all we want is to be free
From Pharaoh’s grasp
Voice 1: A howl
A throne
Voice 2: A herb
A bone
All: A fiery column will rise
To light up the skies
To open our world and send it reeling
A voice that says, I’ll be here
And you’ll be all right
I don’t care if I know
Just where I will go
‘Cause all that I need’s a crazy feeling
A rat-tat-tat on my door..
Voice 1: Think I’m ready to go

Night of the moon
Are you shining just for me?
Night of the moon

Voice 2: You never shined so brightly

FREEDOM THEY CRY (Tune: Feed the Birds from “Mary Poppins”)

Early one day on the bank of the Nile
The young little princess steps down
Finding a basket afloat in the reeds
She wraps the young boy in her gown.

Come feed the little boy, show him you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
His people are hungry, their poor homes are bare
All it takes is some kindness from you.

Bitter their herbs, salty their tears,
“Freedom, freedom, freedom” they cry
Frogs and lice locusts and flies
Then overhead the dark fills the skies.

Now all around Egypt the people are crying
The angel of death passes near
The blood on our doorposts, it saves us from dying
And trusting in God, we’ve no fear.

Though our questions are simple and few
Listen, listen, this night is for you.
Tasty their lamb and hasty their bread
“Freedom freedom freedom ahead”.

Though our questions are simple and few
Listen, listen, this night is for you.
Tasty their lamb and hasty their bread
“Freedom freedom freedom ahead”.

THIS IS OUR NIGHT (Tune: Any dream will do from “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”)

(first verse very slow)

The time’s arrived, I know for certain,
The wait is over, for our freedom flight,
Somewhere outside, someone is weeping,
Nobody’s sleeping,
This is our night.

We pack our bags, (we pack our bags) but there’s no time now (ah ah ah)
To make bread properly, (ah ah) before daylight
But it will bake (but it will bake), in the sun tomorrow (ah ah ah)
Nobody’s sleeping (ah ah)
This is our night.

We’ve baked our lamb, bread without yeast,
We picked our herbs, let’s have our feast!
We’ll wander off into the darkness
Wherever will we go?

Then twice:

The time’s arrived (The time’s arrived), I know for certain (ah ah ah)
The wait is over (ah ah) , for our freedom flight,
Somewhere outside (somewhere outside), someone is weeping (ah ah ah)
Nobody’s sleeping (ah ah)
This is our night.

This is our seder night!
‘Twill live for evermore!

This is our seder night!
‘Twill live for evermore!

WE’RE ON THE BED OF THE SEA  (Tune: We’re on top of the world)

All those years in Egypt under guard,
And the slave industry was oh-so hard,
Not a cloud in the sky, and the sun in my eye,
And the slave-drivers were shouting really loud.

Along came Moses bringing all the plagues,
Said to Pharaoh now, “Please let my people go—
I’ll turn water to blood, and bring hail to flood,”
But Pharaoh just kept saying “No! No! No!”

CHORUS:

We’re on the bed of the sea walking through the stormy waters,
And the only reason we can understand,
Is that slavery is gone ever since God came along,
And so we wander through the sea on dry land.

One day we were told to fetch a lamb,
Unheard of since the days of Abraham—
And to keep it out of sight, and then bake it at night,
And to eat it with our staves in our hand.

We remember well that midnight hour,
All the firstborn of Egypt in God’s power,
Our first night on the run, till the rise of the sun,
And the baking of the matzah from our flour.

CHORUS

Following the cloud during the day
And the fire at night till we got clean away —
Till the end of the track, with Pharaoh at our back,
And the raging sea in front barring our way!

Then we cried to Moses, “We will die!”
But he lifted up his rod at our cry,
And the waters did part, so our journey could restart,
And we marched into the sea while staying dry!

CHORUS TWICE

 

THE SEVEN/EIGHT NIGHTS OF PESACH  Tune: “The Twelve days of Christmas”

Note: Alternate mother and father from verse to verse

Extra verse for those who keep an eighth night.

On the first night of Pesach my mother/father fed to me
1. a banquet that was chametz-free
2. two dipped herbs
3. three bits of matzah
4. four cups of wine
5. five macaroons
6. six light pavlovas
7. seven chocolate roulades
(8. eight lemon sorbets)

On the night after Pesach my father/mother fed to me
(nine kinds of pasta)
eight types of biscuit
seven tots of whisky
six bowls of muesli
five pints of beer
four sandwiches
three hot dogs
two sausage rolls
and a fresh-ly baked bagel for tea.