January 31, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Who can try to understand Ben Gurion's affect on man?

Would you believe that the Bee Gee's named themselves after the initials of the first Israeli Prime Minister?

OK, but would you believe that they recorded a bizarrely pro-Israel song back in 1972?

The lyrics go like this:

You've had your troubles Israel
I've seen them all
But you put the writing on the wall
Israel Israel yeah

You know I've seen you fall so many times
I've cried for you and that's a crime
Israel Israel Israel

Where there's sand
Where there's beautiful sand yeah
You know you got a kind of feeling
That's just grand
Take me into your arms
Let me be with you
Israel Israel Israel

I like the smiles up on your people's faces
They make you feel warm embraces
And I want that kind of smile
that kind of smile
Israel you make the whole world think about you
And if they don't they'll find a reason
to shout about Israel Israel

You're the only one Israel Israel
Tell me all about it!
Tell me all about it
Tell me all about it
Oh take me into your arms
And make me feel your goodness
Be with me Israel
Hey hey hey hey
Oh oh oh
Take me into your arms
Let me hold hold you to myself
Oh I want to Israel

Israel Oh take me back into into your arms
Israel Israel Israel Israel

OK, they may not be on the same level as Yeshna Eretz, or even Dylan's Neighborhood Bully. But still: The Bee Gees? Israel? Who knew!

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