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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Matisyahu - meaningful lyrics

Another thing I liked was the meaningful lyrics. Nothing to do with sex, drugs, getting financially rich or living a material life.

Matisyahu's songs are about: god, spiritual life, believe in the good, believe in your self, search your inner soul, Judaism, jewish prayers, Jerusalem, and many other positive things, not a word about negative things like drugs and such.

If you read the lyrics you could find lines like :

" You're a slave to yourself and you don't even know "
" Strip away the layers and reveal your soul "
" Close my eyes and take a ride inside "
" I'll stand on my own two feet, Won't be brought down on one knee "
" Sometimes the world is dark and I just can't see "
" Jerusalem you take me high make me fly like arrow in the sky "

I know it can be very hard to understand the lyrics when you hear him sing, you know why ?? because of 3 reasons :

1- A heavy Jamaican accent.
2- A mixture of English, Hebrew and Yiddish.
3- Even when it is hebrew, it's in a strong hasidic accent.

Therefore I had no choice but to go to his site and read the lyrics, what i had found is very meaningful lyrics.

for exmple, my favorite song : King Without A Crown


What's this feeling?
My love will rip a hole in the ceiling
Givin' myself to you from the essence of my being
Sing to my G-d all these songs of love and healing
Want Moshiach now so it's time we start revealing

You're all that I have and you're all that I need
Each and every day I pray to get to know you please
I want to be close to you, yes I'm so hungry
You're like water for my soul when it gets thirsty
Without you there's no me
You're the air that I breathe
Sometimes the world is dark and I just can't see
With these, demons surround all around to bring me down to negativity
But I believe, yes I believe, I said I believe
I'll stand on my own two feet
Won't be brought down on one knee
Fight with all of my might and get these demons to flee
Hashem's rays fire blaze burn bright and I believe
Out of darkness comes light, twilight unto the heights
Crown Heights burnin' up all through till midnight
Said, thank you to my G-d, now I finally got it right
And I'll fight with all of my heart, and all a' my soul, and all a' my might



Me no want no sinsemilla.
That would only bring me down
Burn away my brain no way my brain is to compound
Torah food for my brain let it rain till I drown
Let the blessings come down

Strip away the layers and reveal your soul
Got to give yourself up and then you become whole
You're a slave to yourself and you don't even know
You want to live the fast life but your brain moves slow
If you're trying to stay high then you're bound to stay low
You want G-d but you can't deflate your ego
If you're already there then there's nowhere to go
If you're cup's already full then its bound to overflow
If you're drowning in the water's and you can't stay afloat
Ask Hashem for mercy and he'll throw you a rope
You're looking for help from G-d you say he couldn't be found
Looking up to the sky and searchin' beneath the ground
Like a King without his Crown
Yes, you keep fallin' down
You really want to live but can't get rid of your frown
Tried to reach unto the heights and wound bound down on the ground
Given up your pride and the you heard a sound
Out of night comes day and out of day comes light
Nullified to the One like sunlight in a ray,
Makin' room for his love and a fire gone blaze


Reelin' him in
Where ya been
Where ya been
Where ya been for so long
It's hard to stay strong been livin' in galus (exile) for 2000 years strong
Where ya been for so long
Been livin in this exhile for too long

you can find more lyrics on http://www.hasidicreggae.com/


Blogger lesleyerica said...

hey, I just want to say that I'm a born again Christian & I LOVE MATISYAHU'S music! He's tha' bomb! I love the lyrics, they are truth in a compound form, it's SOOOOO COOL to have a new guy up on the scene keepin' it real in a true way! I love you Matisyahu,
Lesley Erica

7:20 PM  

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