Passover Information

SONGS FOR PASSOVER

SLAVES

Bang, bang, bang hold your hammer low

Bang, bang, bang, give a heavy blow

 

CHORUS:

For it’s work, work, work every day and every night

For it’s work, work, work when it’s dark and when it’s light

 

Dig, dig, dig, dig your shovel deep

Dig, dig, dig, there’s no time to sleep  CHORUS

 

Pull, pull, pull, pull your heavy load

Pull, pull, pull down the long hard road  CHORUS

 

BABY MOSES

Where is baby Moses, Moses, Moses?

Where is baby Moses?

He’s on the River Nile.

 

He is in a basket, a basket, a basket

He is in a basket, in the River Nile.

 

The princess, she is swimming, swimming, swimming

The princess, she is swimming in the River Nile.

 

She finds the baby Moses, Moses, Moses

She finds the baby Moses, on the River Nile.

 

BURING BUSH-  By Emily Friedman

Moses was a shepherd watching the sheep (3x)

And he heard a voice that said:

 

CHORUS:

Moses, Moses, take off your shoes (3x)

For this is holy ground

 

A voice told Moses, “you must go back.” (3x)

And set your people free.  (CHORUS)

 

Moses, Moses, stand up and lead (3x)

For your people must be free.    CHORUS

 

OH LISTEN KING PHARAOH

Oh listen, oh listen, oh listen King Pharaoh

Oh listen, oh listen, please let my people go.

They work so hard all day, they want to go away

King Pharaoh, King Pharaoh, what do you say?

No, no, no, I will not let them go.

No, no, no, I will not let them go!

 

FROGS

One morning when Pharaoh awoke in his bed

There were frogs on his pillow and frogs on his head

Frogs on his nose, frogs on his toes

Frogs here, frogs there, frogs were jumping everywhere

(even in his underwear!)

PHARAOH, PHARAOH- tune of “Louie, Louie” – Billy Jonas CD

 

CHORUS:  PHARAOH, PHARAOH!  OH, BABY, LET MY PEOPLE GO! UNH!

                   YEAH, YEAH,YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

 

A burning bush told Moses just the other day

That he should go to the Pharaoh and say

It’s time to let those slaves be free;

Listen to G-d if you won’t listen to me!   CHORUS

 

Moses and the slaves went to the Red Sea

With Pharaoh’s best army coming quickly

Moses took his rod and struck it in the sand,

And all those slaves walked on dry land!  CHORUS

 

That’s the story of the stubborn goat

Pharaoh should have known that a chariot won’t float

The answer is simple, it’s easy to find:

When it’s time to free the slaves, you had better mind! 

Frogs were jumping everywhere!

 

CARIBBEAN PLAGUES – TUNE OF “DAY-O”

 

CHORUS:

Pharaoh, Pharaoh, plagues are comin’ and we want to go home

Pharaoh, Pharaoh, plagues are comin’ and we want to go home

 

First the Nile, she turned red.

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the frogs jumping in my bed. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the lice running through my hair. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the wild beasts, tiger, bears. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

CHORUS

Then the cattle, they got sick. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then their skin needs relief real quick! 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

CHORUS

Then the hail comes down like rain. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the locusts cover the plains. 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the sky, she turns black.

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

Then the firstborn, gone like that! 

Plagues are comin’ and we want to go home.

CHORUS

 

MAKE A MATZAH

Make a matzah pat, pat ,pat

Do not make it fat, fat, fat

Make a matzah flat, flat, flat

This is the way for Pesach.

 

AFIKOMAN MAMBO

CHORUS:

I’m gonna find it (3x)

I’m gonna find, gonna find the afikoman

 

Every year at Pesach time, we eat the matzah and we drink the wine

We ask four questions one by one, but before the seder’s done  CHORUS

 

We eat charoset and we dip karpas, we tell the story of the Exodus

The bitter herbs they make my eyes go crossed! 

But when I find the afikoman I’m the boss ‘cause  CHORUS

 

Now you can hide it on a table, hide it in a box

Underneath the stairway, inside the kitchen clock

You can put it in your pocket, put it under the tv

But you can’t hide the afikoman from me.

 

“Cause everyone knows the seder’s not done until we taste the afikoman

And when I find it I’ll articulate the terms on which we shall negotiate, ‘cause

CHORUS

 

DON’T SHAKE THE TABLE

Don’t shake the table, don’t shake the table

Watch that cup of wine

Cause I want to see the wine go down

When it’s Eliyahu time-oh baby, baby….. (back to beginning)

 

DAYENU

Ilu hotzi, hotzianu, hotzianu mi-mitzrayim

Hotzianu mi-mitzrayim, Dayenu!

CHORUS:  Dai, dayenu, dai, dayenu, dai, dayenu, dayenu, dayenu, dayenu

Dai, dayenu, dai, dayenu, dai, dayenu, dayenu, dayenu!

 

Ilu natan, natan lanu, natan lanu et hashabbat

Natan lanu et hashabbat, dayenu  CHORUS

Ilu natan natan lanu, natan lanu et haTorah

Natan lanu, et haTorah, dayenu  CHORUS