Si Hi-Man: Lyrics

translations by Daniel Rice

You Came to Me (Bata Elai)

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Lyrics and Music: Si Hi-Man (1988)

You came to me, and you took me to you
You said: Nothing stays in the same place
You came to me, on a motorcyle devoid of color
You said: Come here, baby, let us fly to another place,
Another place in the heart.

You came to me, from desert sand dunes
You said: This entire city, it's so strange to me.
For nothing stays in the same place
Come, baby, and we will fly into a dream.

Chorus:
You came to me, and you took me to you
You said: Nothing
Stays in one place
Stays in one place
Come to me
Open to me
Open to me now
Because nothing
Stays in one place
Stays in one place

A black motorcycle, and a blue rock-n-roll jacket,
The remains of a place I was almost in
Come, baby, we will tear up the night together
For nothing stays in the same place.

Chorus

Come to me
And take me
Yes take me from here
Because nothing
Stays in one place
Stays in one place


Poker for Breakfast (Poker al ha Boker)

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Lyrics: Ili Kaufman / Music: Tsof Philosof

Performed By Si Hi-Man and Local Band (1990)

Take me with you across the the hills of light
Neon lights glow there all the time
Take me with you across the black border
To a place where they tell lies all the time

People play there
People rebel there
Raise there, rebel there
All the time
Poker in the morning

Don't forget me across wandering sands
In the place where they lie all the time
Don't forget me
Across the black border
Neon glows there all the time

I'll learn to fit in there
To play a poker face
Just take me to you
Across the black border
We crossed it long ago

Poker in the morning, in the morning


Shooting and Crying (Yorim UBochim)

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Lyrics and Music: Si Hi-Man

Perfromed by Si Hi-Man and the Local Band (1988)

The street cleaner told me
That in his village everything had changed.
Life seems different in the shadow of the filth
And in my house, the window is broken
Tel-Aviv bursts into me
Even its smell has changed -- I sense danger.

Boys play with lead,
Girls with dolls of steel.
Life seems different to me in the shadow of the filth

It doesn't matter to me at all
Who will win this time.
The world that I had is no more
And the great light has been extinguished.

Boys play with lead...

Chorus:
Shooting and crying
Burning and laughing
When did we learn how to bury living people?
Shooting and crying
Burning and laughing
When did we forget that they also killed children for us?

At home in the city everything is different
Wrapped in cellophane, tied to the ground
I wait for the train
How long will I wait to see what will happen?
Until when will we wait and cry over what is happening

On both sides, people just want to live
With this great fear it's impossible to see a thing
We want shelter from the struggle
It so doesn't matter to me who is the stronger.

Chorus

Near the Edge (karov la-katseh)

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Lyrics and music: Si Hi-man

In the midst of life, someone touched you
Mixed everything up, like in the beginning
Now you find yourself in uncertainty
Sure of loss, pursued by loneliness

Don't despair, don't be broken, what are you asking for?
Don't despair, don't be broken, what are you looking for?

In the midst of life, I fear the end
I know that now's the time, I say I'll change
I was silent until today, I was afraid to awaken
All my fears, all that angered me

Don't despair, don't be broken, what are you asking for?
Don't despair, don't be broken, what are you looking for?
Because you're close to the edge, you have to decide
What do you want?

Give me room, let me breathe
Give me another day
Give me room, we've endured so much, let me breathe.

Like a bird in a cage
I didn't know how to caress
And someone touched you, helped you to get out
Now I find myself, in the midst of the fears
Perhaps far from here there will be beautiful days.


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