Song Lyric Sunday – Holiday Music – Six13 Bohemian Chanukah


Today’s prompt is to include holiday music. I love all holiday music. Of course, I am thrilled when I come across a Chanukah song that I can’t get enough of. This song has ties to Queen, so it is a win for me right from the start. It came out last year and I can put it on repeat almost indefinitely. 


 Six13 – Bohemian Chanukah (a Queen adaptation)


Is this the eighth night
We light with family?
Recall with great pride
Our escape from Greek tyranny?

Kindle the lights
Remember the Maccabees
How did those five boys
Lead us to victory?

Well, they stood up against mighty foes
With their oil running low

Now we sing while lights glow
Ma’oz tzur yeshuati

Judah, our faith was banned
Evil Antiochus said
No more Torah could be read
Judah, Mattathias’ son
You would not throw our heritage away

(Nes gadol haya po)
Am Yisrael Chai
These miracles our people will recall

(“Guitar” solo)

I spun a gimmel, now I’ve got a lot of gelt
Sevivon, sevivon, will you spin this clay dreidel?
Chanukiah lighting, presents are delighting me!
Chanukiah! Chanukiah!
Chanukah! Sevivon!

I light the candles with people who love me
He lights the candles with his whole family
Sharing the joy of our proud history!

Sevivon, sov, sov, sov
More sufganiyot?
More latkes…
Please more sufganiyot?

More latkes…
Please more sufganiyot?

More latkes…
Please more sufganiyot?
More sufganiyot?
Spinning, spinning, spinning, spinning sevivon!

Lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo!
Oh aba, ema, aba, ema…
Aba, more sufganiyot?
We fry our food as we celebrate the Maccabees
We’re free, we’re free!

So you think you can serve latkes baked and not fried
But you know oil recalls those miraculous lights
Oh, bubbe
Can’t do this to me, bubbe
Just gonna need more
Just gonna need more sour cream

Know what really matters
Like the Maccabees
Know what really matters
Thanks to G-d, our people are free

Nes gadol haya po…

Credits: Based on “Bohemian Rhapsody”, originally recorded by Queen
Original music and lyrics by Freddie Mercury

Adapted lyrics written by Elliot Olshansky, Mike Boxer and Mordy Weinstein

Arranged by Mike Boxer
Lead vocals (and backing vocals) performed by Jacob Spadaro, Mordy Weinstein, Josh Sauer, Eric Dinowitz, Mike Boxer, Nathaniel Ribner, Craig Resmovits, Phil Kaplan and Lior Melnick

Six13 is:
Mike Boxer | Eric Dinowitz | Phil Kaplan
Lior Melnick | Craig Resmovits | Nathaniel RIbner
Josh Sauer | Jacob Spadaro | Mordy Weinstein

I hope others can enjoy music from another culture. I appreciate a multitude of genres. Holiday music is in my top five. 

For the guidelines and enjoyment of others submissions, please go here.


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