Exploring Man with a cardboard sign

A man with a cardboard sign

Words and music by Kobi Oz

℗&© Anana Ltd

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כָּל בֹּקֶר הוּא נְצִיב שֶׁל מֶלַח מוּל

נָתִיב בְּאָיָלוֹן

הַתְּנוּעָה תָּמִיד תָּבוֹא נֶגְדּוֹ, וְכָל נֶהָג

עוֹשֶׂה פַּרְצוּף טַמְבּוֹן

כּוֹבַע נָה נָח נַחְמָ נַחְמָן מְאֻמָּן וְגַם

פּוֹנְפּוֹן

מַשְׂאַת לִבּוֹ מַחֲזִיק בִּשְׁתֵּי יָדָיו עַל

לְבָבוֹ בְּשֶׁלֶט מִקַּרְטוֹן

 

וְשָׁם כָּתוּב:

“מָשִׁיחַ מָשִׁיחַ

אֲנִי רוֹצֶה מָשִׁיחַ”

וְהַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְהַגֶּשֶׁם וְהָרוּחַ עַל פָּנָיו

“מָשִׁיחַ מָשִׁיחַ

אֲנִי רוֹצֶה מָשִׁיחַ”

וְהַלַּעַג וְהַקֶלֶס מְלַטְּפִים אֶת לְחָיָיו

 

מְכוֹנִיּוֹת קוֹרְצוֹת אֵלָיו בְּצִפְצוּף

עָתִידָנִי מְנַצְנְצוֹת מֶטַאלִי

הוּא מִצְטַמְצֵם מוּל שְׁלַל שִׁלְטֵי

חוּצוֹת בַּיּעָרוֹת שֶׁל מִגְדְלֵי הַפָּאלִי

הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה הוּא כַּנִרְאֶה קְצָת OFF,

לֹא בָּשָׂר לֹא חָלָב קְצָת מֵטוּרְלָלִי

אֲנִי פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת הַחַלּוֹן הַחַשְׁמַלִּי וְשָׁר

אֵלָיו לְפִי לַחַן שֶׁעָלָה לִי

 

“מָשִׁיחַ מָשִׁיחַ

אֲנִי רוֹצֶה מָשִׁיחַ”

וְהַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וְהַגֶּשֶׁם וְהָרוּחַ עַל פָּנָיו

“מָשִׁיחַ מָשִׁיחַ

אֲנִי רוֹצֶה מָשִׁיחַ”

וְהַלַּעַג וְהַקֶּלֶס מְשַׂחֲקִים בְּפֵאוֹתָיו

 

בְּעוֹד אֲנַחְנוּ מְחַכִּים לְפָרָה אֲדֻמָּה

הוּא מִתְעַקֵּשׁ וְהוּא מַסִּיחַ

אֶת דַּעְתֵּנוּ לִשְׁנִיָּה מִשְּׁטֻיּוֹת שֶׁל הֲוָיָה

הוּא מִתְגַּלֶּה מִתּוֹךְ עַרְפִּיחַ

אֲנִי בָּטוּחַ שֶׁזֶּה הוּא שֶׁעוֹמֵד לְבַדּוֹ

הוּא הַגּוֹאֵל תּוֹדָה לְאֵל הוּא

הַמַּבְטִיחַ

 

 

כִּי הַכְּמִיהָה עַצְמָה הִיא הֲכָנָה

לְנֶחָמָה

הַגַּעְגּוּעַ הוּא מָשִׁיחַ

 

 

 

(1) Every morning he is a pillar of salt beside the Ayalon Highway

Always against the traffic, every driver makes a bumper face

A hat with Na Nach Nachm Nachman Me’Uman and a pompom too(2)

 

 

His heart’s mission he holds in both hands on a cardboard sign

 

And there is written:

“Moshiach, Messiah

I want Messiah”

And the sun and the rain and the wind in his face

 

“Moshiach, Messiah

I want Messiah”

And the mockery and the scorn strokes his cheeks

 

 

Cars wink at him with a futuristic shiny metallic honk of the horn

He shrinks back against the swathe of signs in forests of  phallic towers

 

This guy seems to be a bit ‘off’,

neither here nor there, a little loopy

I open the electric window and sing out to him a tune that comes to me:

 

 

 

 

 

Moshiach, Messiah

I want Messiah”

And the sun and the rain and the wind in his face

“Moshiach, Messiah

I want Messiah”

And the mockery and the scorn

Play with his side-curls

 

While we wait around for the holy red heifer (3)he demands

and he draws our attention

For a second away from

the trivia of the present

Through the smog he is revealed

I am certain that it is

Him standing alone

He is the savior,

thank God, he is the guarantor

For the yearning itself

sets up the solace

It’s the longing that is Messiah

 

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  1. The song is written about a real person who does stand by the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv, holding his cardboard sign.
  2. Among the followers of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav, there is a belief that this combination of letters and half-words have sacred powers. They are painted on many walls throughout Israel, and decorate many of the white hats Breslavers tend to wear.
  3. It is believed that the birth of an unblemished red heifer (cow), such that would be appropriate for sacrifice at the Temple, is the heavenly sign that the Messiah is due.

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