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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fwd: Jonah Lived in the Belly of the Whale

Jenni Mangel asked that I email the lyrics I created for our Pretend Shabbat Torah learning this week.  So here they are, sing them to the tune of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, as those of us who were at Pretend Shabbat did on Friday.
He left the town of Nineveh
In a boat with many sails
Jonah taught us all he learned
in the belly of the whale
 
chorus:
Jonah lived in the belly of the whale
the belly of the whale
the belly of the whale(repeat)
 
Jonah ran away from home
but it was to no avail
he was thrown beneath the waves
into the belly of the whale
 
chorus

Let's be friends and have some fun
Jonah taught us to live as one
in this land we all can play

(if you were present at Pretend Shabbat you know this last chorus needs some work, on Friday we sang: "We all live in this land beneath the sun," etc but I prefer "We all play having fun beneath the sun" or even better "We all play sharing love with everyone" or "showing love to everyone" or showering love on everyone" or "sharing love is lots of fun" for now let's go with:)

sharing love with everyone
 
new chorus:
We all play sharing love with everyone
sharing love with everyone
sharing love with everyone
(repeat)

(final bridge lyrics remain as in the original song except the last line)

And we live a life of ease
Every one of us (every one of us) has all we need (has all we need)
Sky of blue (sky of blue) and sea of green (sea of green)
sharing love with everyone
new chorus:
We all play sharing love with everyone
sharing love with everyone
sharing love with everyone
(of course just continuing to sing "We all live in the belly of the whale," etc. as the chorus is the most natural thing to do, and from an adult point of view has some existential poetic truth to it, a truth which perhaps encourages us to be friends and live as one.)
Blessings,
Wm

 
 
 
 
 

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