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Hanukkah Wrap


by

Cantor

 Genre: Hip Hop-Rap

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I wrote this "Rap" (if you can call it that) for my 8th grade choir. I pray they like it and don't see how square i really am! It's about the real meaning of Hanukkah.
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Lyrics
Neis Gadol Haya Sham/
Our people fought for their destiny/
Neis Gadol Haya Po/
And now we fight to keep all people free/

We all seem to know the Hanukkah story/
About the miracle of oil and God's glory/
But let's not forget the real point here/
And we're gonna make it abundantly clear/
There's a lot of people around the world--/
men, women, boys and girls/
who live under oppression/
they can't do what they like/
they can't be who they are/
and if they do, they gotta take a hike/
it's the same as that tale from a long time ago/
about our ancestors who met with a foe:/
The Syrians led by Antiochus the king/
And we'll tell you all about it/
but first we gotta sing/

Neis Gadol Haya Sham/
Our people fought for their destiny/
Neis Gadol Haya Po/
And now we fight to keep all people free/

Mattathias bold/
Had five sons in his family/
and the leader of them all/
was Judah Maccabee/
He saw his people down/
they were being criticized/
And Antiochus was out to make them Hellenized/
But Judah was strong--he wasn't weak/
He'd rather die than become a Greek/
So he formed an army, banded his guys/
Stood up to those Syrians and looked 'em in the eyes/
He said, "We're the Jewish people, we're here and we're proud/
You better steer clear, away from our crowd/
we're gonna show you the door/
And if ya don't leave we'll throw you to the floor/
You defiled our altar, our temple's in a mess/
And we're not gonna take it--no we won't be repressed!"/
So Judah and his boys got medieval on their king/
the Syrians were defeated/
and the Maccabees would sing:/

Neis Gadol Haya Sham/
Our people fought for their destiny/
Neis Gadol Haya Po/
And now we fight to keep all people free/

We called it a "miracle" way back then/
when Judah and his posse took on those Greek men/
But don't you start asking, "where are the miracles today?"/
When you're the one who can fight to save the day/
There's plenty of people in plenty of lands/
Who could use a "miracle" from you and your hands/
We don't have to wait for God to say,/
"I'm going to save you now--today!"/
We have a great responsibility/
as a member of the Jewish people and humanity/
We gotta fight for the rights of those in need/
Who don't have the strength to fight to be freed/
For those in the Sudan/
or those with AIDS/
for those still in slavery/
and locked in chains/
For women's rights and equality/
it's all in the name of SeƱor Maccabee/
So get out your muscle/
get out of your chairs/
let all those tyrants know that they better beware/
Cuz when you oppress us and put us down/
there ain't nothin' in this world gonna push us out of town/
We're gonna fight fair and we'll fight the good fight/
But we're only gonna do it for what we know is right/
We're not gonna bow to no dictator or king/
We'll be guided by our God/
and now we're gonna sing:/

Neis Gadol Haya Sham/
Our people fought for their destiny/
Neis Gadol Haya Po/
And now we fight to keep all people free/
Song Stats
Hits: 9310
Comments: 17
Fans: 3
Plays: 1565
Downloads: 296
Votes: 16
Uploaded: Dec 01, 2004 - 07:32:06 PM
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2005 - 09:36:16 AM Last Played: Jun 19, 2019 - 03:41:41 AM
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Hardware:
iMac, M-Audio Keystation 49e, Plantronics headset/microphone
Software:
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Comments
JimmyMac said 5320 days ago (December 1st, 2004)
Well done!
Shalom! I have this metial picture of Wierd Al rapping to
this. Very ambitious project. Great lyrics. Hope the kids
get into it.

JG
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DeputyDoofy said 5320 days ago (December 1st, 2004)
Ma Zeh?
A Jewish rap? lol Don't think I've ever heard anything like it.

I like it. I downloaded it. I'm a fan. Very unique.
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Jim Bouchard said 5319 days ago (December 2nd, 2004)
Great lyrics
that kept me engaged, and I like the way the refrain comes in.
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SlimGirlFat said 5319 days ago (December 2nd, 2004)
Hey!
This is pretty good,
I like the fact that you have done it for your choir group.
Very unique indeed and brilliant lyrics.


SlimGirlFat
Cameron said 5317 days ago (December 4th, 2004)
important message
It's great that you are reaching out to "the youth of today"
with this rap song, since the genre is so popular.

Excellent lyrics and very important message, for us all
actually. This song gave good historical background for
the religious holiday, and also called everyone to action in
today's troubled world.

Good production in general....although I would have liked
to hear the Hebrew phrases in a louder, more distinctive
style. Something a bit more "catchy".
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Mr. EI Oval said 5317 days ago (December 4th, 2004)
wonderful job!
Spongebob Square Pants you are not.

Kids are still pretty impressionable in the 8th grade. I'll
bet they will be singing this lesson at home to their little
sisters and brothers.
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Cantor said 5317 days ago (December 4th, 2004)
I'm not spongebob?
damn! i really, really want to be the spongebob. I aspire to be the spongebob.
Perhaps one day, i shall be the spongebob. but for now, i will have to be the
Def Masta Jamma Rappa--word! (gawd, i sound so very suburban, it hurts).
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shifrasongstress said 5312 days ago (December 9th, 2004)
Props!
Very cool heeb-hop! Keep bringin' the urban to the suburban.
said 5305 days ago (December 16th, 2004)
Incredible
Incredible concept. Incredible lyrics. Incredible dynamic
sound quality. How much did that Plantronics mic cost?

8-9-8-8
Cantor said 5304 days ago (December 17th, 2004)
Incredible
the plantronics mic was about $50 i think. fun mike for simple vocals. for
more beefy stuff, i have a proper condenser microphone.
Check out my latest song called Modim Anakhnu Lakh
Magritte said 5195 days ago (April 5th, 2005)
Nice Jewish boy rap.
This is crying out for a Beastie Boys cover. What a great way to tell the story and the message.
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Doadars Uncle said 4934 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
Heroes!
Has a great flavor!

Love the lyrics.
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caroline said 4934 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
how did i miss this until now?
habibi! this is fab - i've downloaded it and will be sharing it through the
british community - starting with my mother! muzel tov - a great piece
of work!
xxx
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caroline said 4934 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
how did i miss this until now?
habibi! this is fab - i've downloaded it and will be sharing it through the
british community - starting with my mother! muzel tov - a great piece
of work!
xxx
Check out my latest song called i'm a reunion maid MJRF 2010
daphna said 4934 days ago (December 22nd, 2005)
YAY!!
way to go Cantor!! I love this!! and I agree that it was much needed. Phew!
now I'm off the hook to do a Hanukah tune... seriously, this is great. Well
done! cheers.
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Dharma Logos said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2007)
Very cool.
I've never heard anything like this. Outstanding lyrics. Good beats. Passable rapping.
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said 4337 days ago (August 11th, 2007)
pretty cool
i liked this.
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