Sunday, February 26, 2006

I'm Back

When I tell you that I love you
Don't test my love
Accept my love
Don't test my love
Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

Don't ask what kind of music I'm gonna play tonight
Just stay a while
Hear for yourself a while
And if you must put me in a box
Make sure it's a big box
With lots of windows
And a door to walk through
And a nice high chimney
So we can burn burn burn
Everything that we don't like
And watch the ashes
Fly up to Heaven
Maybe all the way to  I n d i a
I'd like that

All the Ancient Kings came to my door
They said, "Do you want to be an ancient king too?"
I said, "Oh yes, very much
But I think my timing's wrong"
They said, "Time is relative
Or did you misread Einstein?"
I said, "Do you really mean it?"
They said, "What do you think we come here for
Our goddamn health or something?"

Everybody's waiting for the messiah
The Jews are waiting
Christians are waiting
Also the Muslims
It's like everybody's waiting
They've been waiting a long time
I know how I hate to wait
Like even for a bus or something
An important phone call
So I can just imagine
How darned
Everybody must be getting

So I think it's time now
Time to
reveal myself
I am the Messiah
I am the Messiah

Yes, I think you heard me right
I am the Messiah
I was gonna wait 'til next year
Build up the suspense a little
Make it a really big surprise
But I could not resist
It's like when you got a really big secret
You're just bursting to tell someone
It was sorta like that with this
And now that I've told you
I feel this
great weight lifted
Dr. Nussbaum was right
He's my therapist
He said get it out in the open

I spent ¹º whole dåys in Jerusalem
Mmmm Jerusalem
Sweet Jerusalem
And all I ate was olives
Nothing but olives
Mountains of Olives
It wàs a
good  t e n   d a y s
I LIKE olives
I like you too

So when I tell you that I love you
Don't test my love
Accept my love
Don't test my love
'Cause maybe I don't love you all that much

Jerusalem by Dan Bern


Blogger Shifra said...

What was that?!

2/27/2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

a really good really weird song, of course!

2/27/2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger Tim Lieder said...

Emailed you abotu LunaCon. They got hotel rooms still available. Can you make reservations now and I can split the cost?



2/27/2006 2:46 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

"a really good really weird song, of course! "

The lyrics are just awesome.
Where can I get a copy?!

2/27/2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...


no problem!


i got mine from the iTunes music store. don't worry it's definitely worth it!

2/27/2006 4:55 PM  
Blogger BZ said...

A great song, and you have conveyed Dan Bern's intonation perfectly!

2/27/2006 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Rachel Adler said...

Why is everyone quoting that song all of a sudden? I mean, it's an amazing song, but this is getting a little creepy...

2/28/2006 5:04 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...



Rachel Adler:

heh, i dunno...
it was the official 'class song' of the elective i taught last semester on RMB"M's Letter to Yemen (since it deals with issues of prophecy and messiahs).
and i just came back from [almost] 10 long days in Jerusalem, where i ate [not just] olives. actually, one of my students last semester tried to convince me to give her an automatic A if she could live on 10 whole days of nothing but olives :-P

2/28/2006 5:30 AM  
Blogger Warren Burstein said...

Good song, but I prefer Steve Earle's "Jerusalem".

2/28/2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Warren Burstein:

oh c'mon, that song is so serious... loosen up a little — a progressively-desintegrating song about Jerusalem Syndrome is so much cooler than a song about peace in the middle east! :-P

2/28/2006 9:12 AM  
Blogger Shifra said...

He sounds like Bob Dylan!
too bad those great lyrics are paired with a voice that hurts my ears ...

2/28/2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger heccy said...

i prefer "Tiger Woods" by Dan Bern. Maybe im still 5 years old deep down but that song always makes me giggle

2/28/2006 11:38 AM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Steg, I think you were in Israel too long. You've got Jerusalem Syndrome yourself... hmmm... should I post that time when the leader of the forces of light sat down with me and my friend? I wonder...

2/28/2006 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Rachel Adler said...

I would give a student an automatic A if they could live on nothing but olives for 10 days. It shows dedication, or insanity, and both qualities are important in academia.

2/28/2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger Warren Burstein said...

I'm not knocking your song, it's just that the lunatics are more entertaining when you're on vacation. When you live with them, each new one is pretty much like all the others, as Avimelech said when David stopped by.

3/01/2006 5:35 AM  

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