1. Maisha


Lyrics L. Kabasomi Kakoma, Music Idan Raichel

Alone and listening to the light of the moon
An orphaned child cried to the shadows
Alone and listening to the light of the moon
Maisha prayed for someone to save her

She’d wandered for so very far
That she no longer knew her way home
The whole world knows her story
But no one knows her name

Moon, if you are there
Return so that she might be comforted
Moon, if you are there
Return so that she can sleep

Moon, if you are there
Return so that she might be comforted
Moon, if you are there
I am begging for Maisha
Return for Maisha

Maisha is a girl’s name in Swahili, but also means “life”. This song is dedicated to the child soldiers in Northern Uganda


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2. Im Telech (If You Go)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel
If you go, who shall caress me like so
Who shall hear me at the end of the day
Who shall comfort and sooth
Only you know
And if you go
Who shall I attend by the window
In a festival dress, for him to arrive
To hold me like so
Like you do when you come
When you go
Out to the sun I shall run
In the golden field, morning and evening
The moon shall light up my face
that dreams all day only of you
And when you come you shall
carry me in your arms
From field to river
Wash my face and tell me words


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3. Rov Ha'Sha'ot (Most of the Hours)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel
Rov Ha'Sha’ot (Most of The Hours)
Most of the hours that remained
Were filled with love
For most of the days that escaped us
She was with me and I was with her
In most of the songs that filled the room
I was a raging storm
And what is left at the end from the break
For most of the time is the silence
In most of the escapes and bursts of anger
I remember a frigid wind
In most of the winds and storms
At days end she returned
In most of the songs, still remember her face
Touching
Not touching
And a tear of silence
Through most of the tears,
The room’s reflection
As if commanding her life to end in bed
There are days left
And they are many
And they are hers
And there are hours that are filled entirely with her scent
And most of the time she remained
An when she wasn’t weeping
One way
Or another
I remain hers


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4. Sememen


Lyrics Abeba Melesse, Music Idan Raichel


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5. Shuvi el Beyti (Come Back to My Home)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel

Shuvi El Beyti (Come Back To My Home)
Come back to my home
To look into my eyes
The evening falls again and it is getting late
Come back to my room
Remember even if it is winter now
Look close - a happy day draws near
In your eyes, my pretty one
The light, the innocence still burns
There is a happy day
Or sadness suddenly returns
There is a light of a shining star
And a dream that stays
How beautiful you always are
How beautiful today


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6. Bo'ee (Come with Me)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel
Come with me
Take my hand and let's go
Don't ask me where to
Don't ask me about bliss
Maybe it will also come
When it comes,
it will pour down on us like rain
Come with me
Let's hug and go
Don't ask me when
Don't ask me about a home
Don't ask me for time
Time does not wait, does not stop,
does not stay


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7. Im Tachpetza (If Thou Wisheth)


Lyrics Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, Music Idan Raichel inspired by a traditional melody


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8. Shoshanim Atzuvot (Sad Roses)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel


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9. Medabrim Be'sheket (Speaking Softly)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel


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10. Millim Yaffot Me'Eleh (Nicer Words than These)


Lyrics & Music Idan Raichel


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Traveling home - Part 2

More Albums:

Track 1: Lyrics published by Lullabies of the Sun (ASCAP) | Track 2: Includes "Trape la Verite"- Lyrics & Music: Ravid Kahalani | Track 6: Includes an interpolation from "Tew Semagn Hagere" trad. arr: Alemu Aga. Published by From A Distance/Real World Works Ltd. | Track 7: Includes excerpts from "Be'Yom Shabbat" - Lyrics by Sergio Braams | Track 9: Amharic originally spoken by Tagda Sharon Rata | Track10: Mahawal by Leora Isaac | Somi appears courtesy of SanaaHouse Productions, lnc.