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Jerusalem Lyrics

Artist: Matisyahu
Album: Youth

Jerusalem - Matisyahu
[Chorus]
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
fire not gonna come from me tongue.
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand forget what it's supposed to do.

In the ancient days, we will return with no delay
Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way
We've been traveling from state to state
And them don't understand what they say
3,000 years with no place to be
And they want me to give up my milk and honey
Don't you see, it's not about the land or the sea
Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty

[chorus]

Rebuild the temple and the crown of glory
Years gone by, about sixty
Burn in the oven in this century
And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn't choke me
I will not lie down, I will not fall asleep
They come overseas, yes they're trying to be free
Erase the demons out of our memory
Change your name and your identity
Afraid of the truth and our dark history
Why is everybody always chasing we
Cut off the roots of your family tree
Don't you know that's not the way to be

[chorus]

Caught up in these ways, and the worlds gone craze
Don't you know it's just a phase
Case of the Simon says
If I forget the truth then my words won't penetrate
Babylon burning in the place, can't see through the haze
Chop down all of them dirty ways,
That's the price that you pay for selling lies to the youth
No way, not ok, oh no way, not ok, hey
Aint no one gonna break my stride
Aint no one gonna pull me down
Oh no, I got to keep on moving
Stay alive

[chorus]
Comments/Interpretations
by rwn on 5/30/2008 9:36am
linda canciòn
by susan on 5/31/2008 2:19pm
matisyahu is my favorita bro....
go reggae/hip hop
by muhamad yahu on 6/7/2008 7:15pm
Viva la Yihad!!!!!!!!!!!! al lo mas grandeeee
by booboo on 6/14/2008 8:59pm
hes the shit!!!
by tailz on 6/16/2008 9:00pm
i fukin love u man
by Jo Jo on 6/19/2008 2:33pm
This song is not CRAP!
by Tess on 6/19/2008 2:34pm
there are so many other songs that are Crapy! but this ones not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by lufe on 6/25/2008 2:00pm
i luv this song its beautiful
by Duncan on 6/28/2008 11:18am
I think it's funny how all of you are like "I love this song!" along with profanity. I guess that's each individual's own personal conviction though.
But I love the song, the man's amazing!
by ricky on 7/1/2008 12:58am
free palestine!
enough of the bloodshed and the raping of unarmed civilians. this land was stolen and if one thing is to be learned from history it is that 2 wrongs, never make a right. this song is written about a land filled with violence, there is nothing beautiful about this dispicable place.
by Tay on 7/3/2008 5:06am
Yes, you are right the land was stolen. But not by Jews! By Arabs, by poloticians, by anything other than the Jews! The rightful owners of this land. Tell me, why is it ok for arabs to send rockets, and blow up bombs, killing innocent people; but it isn't ok for the Jews to protect themselves? The rest of the world needs to open their eyes and see that the barbarians are the arabs. The criminals are not the Jews!

And this song is incredably beautiful. Matisyahu is very talented. I love this song too!
by Abraham on 7/6/2008 5:50am
"Don't you see, it's not about the land or the sea
Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty"

People cannot own land. It belongs to God/Allah, and it is called "Judeah". Arabs and Jews alike should be grateful for their lives, and stop killing each other over something which does not belong to either.
by P@ican on 7/9/2008 4:28am
ALLahu Akbar!!!.....hanya kepunyaan-Nya semua didunia ini.... The Promise Day almost coming...for all Moslem, get ready for Harvest Day...The day when Judea have to pay their sin...
by Merk on 7/31/2008 5:17pm
People seriously need to stop seeing the world in terms of nations. I agree with Abraham
by Megan on 8/8/2008 12:27pm
LOL
always have the fanatic muslims coming on dribbling their spit and hate about Israel and Jews...
56 Islamic countries isn't enough for these greedy landgrabbers -- they have to destroy Israel and lie and rant about "stolen land"
Rock on Matis!
by a.s on 8/9/2008 2:42am
i really like this music! yeah!! hahaha..
by gerson on 9/1/2008 8:23pm
what are all of you saying? this is really a beautifull song!!!
by Js........ on 9/13/2008 3:25pm
Mire, sinceramente, el mundo debe cambiar su postura frente a la "justicia", pues no se sabe quien es mas injusto, los presidentes o el pueblo, que nisiquiera es de ellos, sino de dios, el unico y verdadero, es el Jah!!!!!el amor y la equidad, la prudencia y la sabiduria es la respuesta, no una bomba y mi9les de muertes
by Sant on 9/18/2008 5:36pm
Good song, really good one. Praise be to God who shows his beauty also through music! Praise be to God who redeemed all humanity and accepted all nations through Christ Jesus his Son. Rock on Mati!!
by kevin on 9/23/2008 11:00pm
hey tay what the hell is wrong with you i live in ohio and arabs arent barabarics in first place we are dont you see we are the country that ocassionates more war. you just think they are barbarics because you felt what they did to us but you were in arabia when usa soldiers killed everything they saw? imagine seeing 1million arabs walking in your street killing everything you are damn blind brother.. just like most americans
by marc on 10/13/2008 8:09am
amazing lyrics wow
by spencer on 10/19/2008 6:26pm
this song always puts me in the best mood. Jerusalem should be a city for all people to enjoy. Not a place for wars. Look at what the Crusades did. and I also agree with Abraham. We all live on this planet together under God, let us join together and have peace.
by Jewish on 10/23/2008 7:19pm
Hey, Kevin though you are right about Tay going over the line he's still esentially right! The land was promised to the Jews by God himself....I don't get why the Arabs can't except that and move on....the people living in Israel/Jerusalem never attacked without being provoked and even that happens rarely, Jerusalem and the rest of Israel should be left for the Jews and all the other huge and lush and beautiful land masses can be left to the Arabs...why can't it just be that way.....
Great song btw i have a signed pic in my room, his aunt got it for me =)
by joel on 10/29/2008 2:21pm
la mejor cancion que he oido en mi vida, la verdad es lo mejor.
by peipei on 10/31/2008 6:31pm
i really love this song, specially because my boyfriend sings it to me... its lyrics are very touching and being jewish its even more.. love it!
by manuel on 11/1/2008 4:28pm
Es Excelente este tema !! otro que me gusta mucho, por lo espiritual que trasmite, es Late Night In Zion...

Muy bueno !

Manuel-BAires !
by Darren on 11/5/2008 1:17am
man i did this song for my yr 5 concert.

i love it man!!! Go rabbi dude
by primo on 11/24/2008 3:55am
yeah!!!!! i really love this song!!!!
by Abukalil on 12/13/2008 4:59pm
Free Palestine!! if i forget youu (8)
by Jewish blood on 12/29/2008 7:29am
Mashiach is coming!
by REGGAERLZ on 12/30/2008 12:45pm
REGGAE RLZ FOR EVERYBODY DON GET PEACE WITH BABYLON
by Samantha on 1/14/2009 2:49am
Incredible lyrics... this is what songs are supposed to bee.. something meanigful
not some crappy shit you get in like fuking mtv
by juanddd on 1/15/2009 1:16pm
matisyahu you are the best man
by Marley sinay on 1/23/2009 1:02am
I like this song..
It's very nice song.
by Aziz on 2/7/2009 8:59am
that's song was grateful, and fuck the maddafucking jews ,that country is ours ,that's country is paletinian country, I say to the jews get u ass up and look after another country that you can live in ,we don't wan't you in our country ,u understand !!
by Haifa - israel on 2/11/2009 3:06pm
Thx for all the great guys around here
that knows all the crimes of the arabs.. if israel is so bad
why she dont dwstroyed all arabs and killing them ?
israel can do it , we have a nuke
and still we trying and trying and eat shit from the other side arabs blowing them self !!!! send 14 years old kid to blow up in public places ... so sad

and in 47 there were 2 countrys here
israel and palstine
4 arab countrys attack israel beacuse they wanted only 1 country here
and now ? they crying for that ... and lie anyway ... so sad

great song matis ! hope you will succed !
by Crusader on 2/21/2009 10:26pm
!! matisyahu!!..
..Long Live!!..
dam ur look like benladin..!!
..haha!! prett awesome!!
..
by sequeirathalegend on 3/15/2009 7:37pm
BEAUTIFULL!!!!
by ewa on 3/23/2009 10:30am
Magiczna piosenka. Respect from Poland
by freelingmyway.. on 4/19/2009 5:00pm
this song makes me dance, move my mind to places only few songs do.. i loved it the first time i heard it a few years ago.. i heard it agian recently and it blew me away.. che che bro
by licha on 7/16/2009 10:30pm
im from argentina (YES YES MARADONA AND MESSI) and i love this song, well i love matisyahu, i have all his albums..i become adicted to it..i can think with his songs and reach many positive conclusions..ur a genious!
cheers!
by xd on 9/4/2009 9:14pm
@by Haifa - israel on 2/11/2009 3:06pm

Just wow... Have you been diagnosed?

Nazis, sionists... same shit. Israel's an illeagal state of fascist scum. Obv there are exception but that goes for Nazi-germany aswell. Cheers.
by litohoffman on 9/10/2009 7:13pm
mejor de lo mejor XD
by alo on 9/19/2009 4:56pm
hola
by jomar on 10/10/2009 11:00am
cool..............
by GAB on 11/14/2009 1:53am
I LIKIE THIS SONG BUT PALESTINE IS A COUNTRY THAT NEEDS TO BE FREE, ISRAEL IS A POWERFULL STATE AND ARMY AS WELL AND BROTHER OF USA, WE ARE ONE THING, HUMAN BEINGS PALESTINE PEOPLE, ISRAEL PEOPLE, GERMANS, CHILEANS, ARGENTINES, JAPANESE AND SO ON.........
by GAB on 11/14/2009 1:57am
PAZ PEACE
by iniego on 11/15/2009 3:35am
Coooooooolllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!11
by techo on 3/17/2010 10:25am
Dios bendiga a todos los judios, mis mas siceras buenas intenciones para ellos, lo que ocurre est escrito.
by non of your beezwacks lol on 6/15/2010 9:24pm
wonerful song!!!! It always puts me in a good mood! and Israel is state made for everyone but not just for the arabs and no matter what arabs do they will never win they just make their lives worse everything that happens is for the best so let them do what they want they wont get anywere and wont acomplish anything g-d is wathcing over jewish people ANYWAY... THIS SONG IS FANTASTIC! and aziz shut the f-ck up ok go find yourself another place to live you maniac
by foreverlovingjah on 6/24/2010 12:02am
Great !!!
by keekee on 7/1/2010 12:02pm
I don't understand u know? though i'm a Catholic, i have tons of jewish friend's, u know, their families have already gone throw so much pain that it seems un fair that the have to go to a war just because de arabs want Jerusalem, and i think Jerusalem is one of the most amazing places in the planet an that we should all be grateful for it and stop killin each other, peace is really important, if we keep this up, there's not going to be anyone left to enjoy Jerusalem or what will be left of it.
by A.P from Colombia on 9/29/2010 8:48pm
I think the song is very deep, the message is so clear, I Love israel and i would like to go there someday I hope that the war ends soon, because this is a big problem
by انا عربي مسلم on 10/16/2010 2:38pm
الله يلعن كل يهودي خلق عالارض
by dirk95 on 3/16/2011 6:40pm
matisyahu....i like ur jerusalem song.
by rajel on 3/30/2011 9:26pm
ohh shut up, I love this guy, people have peace Israel is the jewish land and it will be forever, don't you see is just the way to be arabs try to kill us and try and never suceed cuz is not the way to be so....
by shlomo on 4/3/2011 6:26am
but how do we stop killing each other not nice g-d is watching all of us can't be to happy!
by 789 on 10/29/2011 3:30am
One Jew is worth a thousand Arabs!!!
by x on 12/9/2011 11:34am
how can someone say 1 person is worth more than 1000 other? I'm not arab nor jew, Jerusalem has been the land of jews, arabs an cristians, its sacred for everyone...I think theres is a world where there could be no boundaries, a white and a black person could work together along side, where an arab and a jew could live together, respecting each other, in jerusalem, with no countries and no flags...

the conflict is not religious, its money, and that is killing thousands of arabs and jews each day. no one should own jerusalem, christians tried, arabs, jews... its everyone's, we are people right? The life of a person IS the most sacred thing, no religion, goberment, interest or believe should be on top of that.
by x on 12/10/2011 11:33am
and if there is one thing clear here, is that for 1 jew, for 1 american, 10,000 arabs die

tay, do you seriously think that it was al-quaeda who first killed an american, or the american goverment in lets say...the gulf war? americans have been always trying to dominate the world, just like the spanish before, or the romans, or the babilonics... the arabs live like that because of us! we've taken everything from them, a lot of them have nothing here, we took it...

if we would try to help them, to get them out of misery, they would have something to live for.... but that is never gonna happen bro, we are gonna still prefer to have an iphone 4S than let kids in africa or middle east study and go to university...

the world is messed up....
countries don't make any sense
by Stevo on 3/10/2012 5:05am
Tha land dont belong to allah it belongs to god tha one and only god
by Stevo on 3/10/2012 5:21am
I dont know wat ur on about but everytime i watch the newz its the americanz gettin wiped out stop tryna make ur country sound tuff coz everyone seez america has captured soldierz being ruthlessly killd on video by who eva irak or arabz i duno bt yo man jus cut it out
by Atomix26 on 5/23/2012 10:59pm
Its not about Israel. Its about remembering your roots.

@Stevo
God is allah. They are both the god of issac, of abraham, of jacob.
by jade on 2/3/2013 11:36am
Its a beautiful Jewish song, makes me both proud and upset with what's going on in Israel and all these messages people post actually break my heart. Personally I believe the song relates to being proud of being who you are, no matter who you are! Most of these comments are actually hate post and not something to be proud of. At the end of the day war is war and nothing is gonna change the fact that we have different opinions. We should just accept that we re all different and just be respectful of everyone no matter who they are, or what they believe.
by sergio on 2/28/2013 2:11am
long life yisrael, sion for jesus
by FIJI on 3/13/2013 1:10am
be the honor and glory be subdued to 'EL'and his people


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