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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Matisyahu - Youth - Indestructible - lyrics

Matisyahu - Youth - Indestructible - lyrics

Fear nobody but His majesty
My spirit
You retrieve
For you I wait
It seems that you believe in me

Digging through the rubble
We don’t need no more trouble
Double hub telescope vision
Hut hut blitzing like I’m running amok
Up on the rhythm

Stay on the path so you don’t lose the vision
Stay sizzling
Pitter patter from my prayers
Drips like drizzle from the ceiling
Feeling it, you’re breathing it
You put on your glasses and see through it

Some of them run run running
Like a rat on a wheel
Trying to find a new deal
Who is their ticket for a meal?
This world is real
On the heals of the final generation

I remember that day in November
Standing on the roof
And I’m feeling so tender
All shook up
Like I’ve been in the blender
Fend off the demons in the park after dark

Lend me your hand I want to be a member
Spent too much and now I’m rendered
Mend these wounds
Got to find a common thread
Want to fly in the sky
But you’re heavy like lead

Just a tool
In the hands of the builder
Fill them with the strength to go further
Digging deep for eternal treasure
Stay away from quick sand and false pleasure
Their mouths speak with arrogance
Appearance like a lion lurking in the mist
They surround and they gaze their fix
Grab the rope of G-d’s heritage

Release me from their schemes
My distress you will relieve
Guide me on the path that’s dark and slippery
They seek deception and futility
I stand with integrity
Sneak to the roof of that building
Don’t want nobody here to see me
They’ll say that I’m living in a fantasy
But I believe if I dig deep and I plead in sincerity
Won’t you utterly remove the cloud hanging over me
Won’t you waive the decree in the shade of your wings
Shelter me from the wicked who have plundered me
From my mortal enemies won’t you shield me


Blogger JewishShiksa said...

my favorite Matis song, I never get tired of hearing it!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Avalon said...

I just saw Matisyahu on the PBS series "The Jewish Americans". I had heard of him, but I have never seen him perform or heard his music and lyrics. Intrigued, I read about him in Wikipedia and was curious to read his lyrics, so here I am. I am Jewish gay man in his early 60s. My parents were Polish Jews, lefties, who survived the Holocaust by fleeing to Portugal. They came to Canada in 1944, and I was born in 1945. I have never been a fan of Hip Hop or Rap Music. It's much too angry for me; it's not lyrical. It's homophobic, macho posturing, embraces gun culture and violence against women. I actually find it to be ugly music and I never listen to it. I do love reggae, Bob Marley. I find Matisyahu's lyrics narcissistic: it's all about him and his spiritual journey. I also find his lyrics unfocused and incoherent. He seems more interested in coming up with a rime at the expense of any meaning. The odd image is good, but too personal for this reader to understand. Using that other Jew, Bob Dylan, as a measuring stick, his lyrics hardly measure up. Using Bob Marley as a touchstone, his lyrics don't measure up either. I haven't heard Matusyahu's music, so maybe his focus is more on music than lyrics. Nevertheless, as an idea, I do find what Matisyau is doing very interesting: combining Chasidic music with reggae and rap. Obviously, a Jewish gay man in his early 60s is not his target audience. Maybe someone of Tony Kushner's vintage would be less critcial than I am.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Heavy A said...

First of all, thank you for your honest comment. I have a few things to say:
1. Narcissistic? Telling the world about his spiritual journey is being narcissistic? I don't think so, and saying: "it's all about him and his spiritual journey", is just not true, you obviously did not read the lyrics of other songs, go to the Matisyahu lyrics page and read some other lyrics, like Jerusalem, Exaltation, Dispatch the Troops and other.
2. Rimes are important in hip hop and rap.
3. You have never heard Matisyahu? It's your lucky day; you can download Matisyahu music legal and free from eMusic.
4. I would like to his your opinion once you have listened to his music.
5. You are right: "a Jewish gay man in his early 60s is not his target audience", that is if you feel like one. Some other 60 year old people with a young spirit might enjoy it.

10:01 PM  

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