Friday Music: Matisyahu’s Reservoir

In honor of Passover, a song with allusions to the Exodus by Matisyahu, the American musician. Emphasis is on his voice and the lyrics.

You can read a review of the Akeda album, from which Reservoir is taken, here. (Akeda is Hebrew and refers to the binding of Isaac).

“Reservoir” (lyrics courtesy of A-Z Lyrics)

I just wanna talk to You now
This is for the One
You kept me alive
And so I thank You

Moses is on his way down town

Yehoshua maintaining the fountain
Right about now
I should be over Chicago
Lights out the window
Levy breaks, flow like diamonds
All these babies crying, ideas flying round
It’s time to come down from the mountain
Welcome home, just stick to the plan
But how can I be like the stars and sand
It’s only man who commands
He put this one in our hands
Two tabs of stone I’m alone
While these fans keep circling over the land
Like helicopter blades, I crave some breeze
I wait for you, will you wait for me
Wait for me, please
40 days and 40 nights
But I can’t stand much more
So you think you understand
What’s pure and un-pure
Now it’s pouring my soul on the floor
You think ya know so much
That I’m so out of touch
I tossed in the crutch to the aish tamid
Now I walk with a limp
With a wound that bleeds
While all these animals feed
With their envy and greed
Small minds wanna see
They wanna chop this tree
Cut me down, pressure to concede
And give in to what y’all believe is me
But I’m a fight, I’m a light, I’m the glory of the king
I’m the song that ya sing, the melody that ya bring
Sharp teeth and venom that stings
Not gonna bring me to my knees
I’m a fish in this here sea
Evil eye won’t get at me
I just wanna finish this thing

Not gonna bring me to my knees, no

I’m going down, down to go up
From the pits to Mitzrayim
From the dungeon to the kingdom
To my stage offerin’
I can’t give up and won’t give in
I’m the blood of Jacob
I’ll keep struggling
Like Joseph, my brothers wanna sell me out
I had the dream, time to leave the doubt
Multi-colored coat with blood on my sleeves
Best believe it ain’t from no beasts
Got no car
I walked around this reservoir
This is David’s heart
Rainbow colored cry
From the end to the start

This is David’s heart
A rainbow colored cry from the end to the start
Phantoms and ghosts raise your glass and make a toast
This is for the one
Shehechianu [>>”who has given life” -EKZ]
Hakadosh baruch hu [>>”the holy One, bless-ed be He” -EKZ]
What we been through
Me and you

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