Great Israeli Songs by Yehuda Poliker

Yehuda Poliker  is an Israeli singer, songwriter, musician, and painter.  He composes in a variety of styles on subjects relating to Israeli society. With his powerful vocals and dynamic stage persona, Yehuda Poliker has been a major influence on the rock music of Israel since the mid-’80s.

Yehuda Poliker started his career as the lead singer for the Israeli rock band Benzin. He then continued to perform as soloist, writing songs together with former Benzin lyricist Ya’ackov Gilad.

 Yehuda Poliker and Gilad share a history beyond music. Poliker’s parents were Greek Jews and Holocaust survivors. Gilad’s mother, a renowned writer and poet, Helena, avoided being exterminated in a gas chamber by a late minute reprieve. His father, Zoko, was sent to a concentration camp and was separated from his first wife and son. In a late-’90s interview, Poliker said, “I am the only survivor out of my family of 50 people.” 

Poliker’s father, Jacko, told the story of his escape from Auschwitz in the 1988 film Because of That War (Hebrew: B’Glal Hamilhamah Hahi),which featured music by his son. The film included interviews with Yehuda Poliker and Yaakov Gilad. 

In 2012, Yehuda Poliker won the ACUM Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2014, Poliker received the Gold Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, one of Greece’s highest awards for achievement in the arts. The award was presented by the Greek ambassador to Israel, Spyridon Lampridis.

Yehuda Poliker – The Sadow and Me ——- יהודה פוליקר- הצל ואני

Lyrics: Yehuda Poliker

Music: Yehuda Poliker

My shadow and I went out to the road
the sun stood so, approximately
at times I lead
and at times the shadow’s on the trail.
Clouds assembled in the sky,
drops of water started to come down,
my shadow assembled within me,
I continued alone on my way.

The wind moved about
the fear seeped and dripped
my shadow in me made me shake
made me scared more than ever
it asks where are you taking (me)
I take you back to where you’re escaping
why always defensive walls
why a shaddow whenthe light is within.

Let’s fly far
you’ll be my wings
to the imaginary story
that wasn’t possible until now
let’s jump, take off, fly
to the connection of the shadow and body
enough continuing to run away
to what we always wanted to forget.

To forget the doors of confusion
the kid that awakes through the lock-hole
let’s pass the limit
to the freedom that was chained up
and only melodies remind
that outsides it’s possible to be
liberated from all fear
only when my shadow and I are together.

Let’s fly far
you’ll be my wings
to the imaginary story
that wasn’t possible until now
let’s jump, take off, fly
to the connection of the shadow and body
enough continuing to run away
to what we always wanted to forget.

Let’s fly far
you’ll be my wings
to the imaginary story
that wasn’t possible until now.

 Yehuda Poliker - Hurts but Less -------- יהודה פוליקר - פחות אבל כואב

Lyrics: Yehonatan Geffen
Music: Yehudah Poliker

 Some days its forgotten as if it never was
But when the evening lurks
Says to you, like this, between us
Less, but it hurts
On what was wounded in me, wounded and formed a scab,
I almost never think
We Learn to live with it like this
Less, but still it hurts
With a cup and wafer you can sweeten it
There's no end to escapes
It hasn't vanished, it's just far or asleep
And it hurts, but less
Not vanished just distant
Hurts but less
Less yet still, still wounding
It comes and goes you know
It hurts when I, I touch you
It hurts when you touch
Less yet still, still wounding
It comes and goes you know
It hurts when I
Hurts me when you
It hurts when you touch
Some days its forgotten as if it never was
But when the evening lurks
Says to you, like this, between us
Less, but it hurts
Not to the point of sighs
And if it's bad for me I write
Hurts but less
Less but still it hurts
Hurts but less
Less but still it hurts
Less but still, still wounds....
 

Yehuda Poliker – THINGS I WANTED TO SAY ——– יהודה פוליקר- דברים שרציתי לומר

Lyrics: Yankele Rotblit

Music: Yehudah Poliker

There are things that I wanted to say
and I’m given no answer to them
the words that I chose are not
the best of all
the deepest of the sea of secrets
that aren’t understood by me
that I probably will not understand
will not ever understand.

Not in all of the paths
that I wanted to walk have I walked in,
in the paths that I walked I erred
surely not once,
and sadness replaces each joy
each joy that I enjoyed
as I asked for something,
something that got lost.

Dreams I dreamt
and they still wake me,
their fragments are in my eyes,
are rinsed from my face in tears,
and countless nights of torment
that I drowned myself in wine
like one lost in my path,
in my evil path.

But in all the paths never
did our path get lost
and even if sometimes
the winds stormed around (us),
and I loved you,
and we felt good,
good up to our shorelines;
and we felt bad,
and I loved you no less.

Benzin – Friday Night —— להקת בנזין – יום שישי

Lyrics: Ya’akov Gil’ad

Music: Yehuda Poliker

The week starts,
late as usual,
I don’t have the strength to get up,
I don’t have the will to do anything,
Sunday – depression, Monday – nervous,
Tuesday doesn’t end; Thursday improves,
and Friday – the mood is free,
it’s already the end of the week,
and tomorrow is Friday.

Friday you know
there’s a party in town,
staying all night,
until the next morning.
Friday you know,
and today improves,
if you want, all night,
is our alone.

So I call, beg, get ready,
shower for an hour, set myself up in the mirror,
Mechate iebalot umerim mishkalot
Meshachrer kivutzim umoteach kfitzim

When the head is ready, nothing matters,
Friday is already here,
the week is done.

Friday…

When Saturday passes,
and time moves slowly,
I’m dry again, another new week,
problems, issues, news, reports,
and everything’s done, real boredom.
So now I’m here, passing the time,
I don’t have a way to escape, I don’t know where to.

Friday…

Yehuda Poliker – Night Shift ———- משמרת לילה- יהודה פוליקר

Yehuda Poliker – A WINDOW LOOKING OUT TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA —- יהודה פוליקר – חלון לים התיכון

 

Lyrics: Yaakov Gilad

Muisc: Yehuda Poliker


I promised to write when I left you but I didn’t write for a long time
Now I miss you so much such a pity you are not here with me
After I arrived in Jaffa hopes were born out of despair
I found my self a room and a half on the roof of a deserted house
I have a folding bed if the three of us want to sleep
You the kid and I against a window looking out to the Mediterranean Sea

And may be from so far away there is a one to a million chance
And may be from so far away happiness is sneaking through the window

The end of December 1950 out side there is war between the winds
Suddenly we had snow fall so white and reminds me what I already forgot
The wound is still open but if you were here with me
I would have simply tell you what ever a letter will not say
If you want you have a home here and you will have me a lot
Kid’s laughter coming to the house
And a window looking out to the Mediterranean Sea

 

Benzin – Medley ——- בנזין – מחרוזת שירים

Yehuda Poliker – Wind  ——- יהודה פוליקר – משב רוח

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