The city that sits alone, with a wall in its heart
May 21, 2009 4:23 AM Subscribe
Mountain air, clear as wineShortly before the Six Day War of 1967 an amateur singer performed [YT] an elegy for the then-divided city of Jerusalem "locked in a dream ... with a wall in its heart".
And the scent of pines
Brought by the twilight breeze
With the sound of bells
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav [YT], Jerusalem of Gold, became Israel's best-loved song. It was sung by the first Jews to re-enter Jerusalem after the Jordanian occupation and its author added a new stanza commemorating the fact that Jews had "returned to the wells, the market and the squares."
The melody is based on a Basque lullaby [YT] sung here by Pello Joxepe.
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