Az אז

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Do re me fa sol la ti
Aleph ad zayin scales of Mystery
Sounds the 1st 7 notes, spans the seven seas
"Az yibaka": ends illusory
Duality splitting me and you
Shows the light and the vessel are not two
Permeates, radiates, pours through
"Az yimaleh s'chok pinu"
Then our mouths are full of song
Returning us to the place we've been all along
Then the people come together with one story to tell
"Az yashir moshe u'venei yisrael"

Az yebaka k'shachar orecha
(Then your light with breakthrough like dawn)

Az yebaka, be like father Jacob
Leave everything to retrieve your cup
Pachot ketonot, little crucibles
Eve & Adam-ized smallest particles
Save each syllable of your story so far
Do not desist 'til you know who you are
Erase the constellation to distill the star
Wrestle every night "ad a'lot hashachar"
Then, like the dawn, undeniable
Become one with the potter Who forms and fills the vial
Love the true judge, who puts herself on trial
"El erech apayim" wait a little while, while….

Az yebaka k'shachar orecha


from az אז, released March 3, 2011
guitar: Sam Feinsmith
bass: Ian Roblee Hertzmark
cello: Jessie Reagen Mann
piano: Jullian Waterfall Pollack



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