Song of the day

I have a particular love of Hebrew music, both tradition Jewish music and particularly modern Israeli music. I had a Hebrew song as the song of the day once before and I felt it was time to add another. This song is by Arik Einstein and is called Uf Gozal, Fly Away Little Chick. It is a beautiful song about children growing up and leaving home. There are dangers out in the world, yet the parents know that this is the way it has to be.

Here are the words in Hebrew, and transliteration into English and a basic translation.

Hagozalim sheli azvu et haken
parsu knafayim ve’afu
Va’ani tzipor zkena nisharti baken
mekave me’od shehakol yihe beseder
Tamid yadati sheyavo hayom
shebo tzarich lehipared
Aval achsahv ze ba li kacha pit’om
az ma hapele she’ani ktzat do’eg

Uf gozal chatoch et hashamyim
tus le’an sheba lecha
Rak al tishkach yesh nesher bashamyim
gur lecha

Achshav nisharnu levadenu baken
aval anachnu beyachad
Chabki oti chazak tagidi li ken
al tid’agi beyachad kef lehizdaken

Uf gozal….

Ani yode’a shekacha ze bateva
vegam ani azavti ken
Aval achshav ksheba harega az
machnik ktzat bagron

Uf gozal….

הגוזלים שלי עזבו את הקן
פרשו כנפיים ועפו
ואני ציפור זקנה נשארתי בקן
מקווה מאוד שהכל יהיה בסדר.

תמיד ידעתי שיבוא היום
שבו צריך להיפרד
אבל עכשיו זה ככה בא לי פתאום
אז מה הפלא שאני קצת דואג.

עוף גוזל
חתוך את השמיים
טוס לאן שבא לך
רק אל תשכח
יש נשר בשמיים
גור לך.

עכשיו נשארנו לבדנו בקן
אבל אנחנו ביחד
חבקי אותי חזק תגידי לי כן
אל תדאגי ביחד כיף להזדקן

עוף גוזל…

אני יודע שככה זה בטבע
וגם אני עזבתי קן
אבל עכשיו כשבא הרגע
אז מחניק קצת בגרון
מחניק קצת בגרון.

עוף גוזל…

My chicks left the nest
spread their wings and flew away
I am an old bird left in the nest
I hope that all will be well
I always knew the day will come
to say good bye
But now when it is here
no wonder I am worried

Fly away chick cut the sky
Fly where ever you want to
Just don’t forget there is an eagle in the sky
be aware

Now it is only us in the nest
but we are together
Hug me tight say yes
don’t worry it is fun getting old together

Uf gozal….

I know it is the way of nature
I left a nest as well
But now when the time comes
I feel a lump in my throat

Uf gozal….

Here is an Israeli music video of this song. The audio is a bit off when you see him sing, but otherwise it is a very nice video.


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