Goodbye, Shabbat, Goodbye

from by Rory Michelle

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This song is a combination of my associations with Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and ideas from Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book The Sabbath, which emphasizes how Judaism sanctifies time.

The Hebrew chanting in the beginning is the opening of the Havdalah prayer, which helps us transition from Shabbat into the upcoming new week. Without knowing another tune, I made up this melody and had used it privately for some time. I shared it for the first time with some friends while studying in Jerusalem. They encouraged me to record it. Here it is.

Special thanks to: Tovah Leah Nachmani; Rabbi Jim Morgan and members of the Worship and Study Minyan of Harvard Hillel
Text: The Havdalah prayer; The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man by Abraham Joshua Heschel


Hinei el yeshuati… ekrah. [Hebrew text from traditional Havdalah prayer.]

Chorus: Oh, Goodbye, Shabbat, Goodbye
Oh, Goodbye, Shabbat, Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye

As we welcome the new week
I promise you I’ll seek
To bring you into it, so you don’t have to go

‘Cause I’ve been in your warm embrace
Had your cheek against my face
But you’re leaving me again, I know


At this table where I sit
I tell you I commit
To have a week in which I’m preparing me for you

Oh your majesty and grace
Is far from commonplace
It so completes me that it’s hard to say adieu


But the spices and the wine
Remind me it’s just time
Until you come back anyhow

Oh, Shabbat, my love, my Queen
This extra soul I’ve seen
Is leaving me again, I feel it now

Instrumental break

But, next week you’ll come again
Until then I remain
Your willing servant, lover, and your friend

Yes, this brush of eternity
Is once a week for me
And once more it’s coming to an end

So hello to the new week
It’s hard to even speak
But we welcome you with this lullaby:

Yai-dai-dai dai-dai dai-dai
Dai-dai dai-dai dai-dai
Yai-dai-dai-dai-dai-dai Yai-dai-dai-dai-dai-i


Tag: Goodbye, Shabbat, Goodbye


from The God Album, released December 17, 2015
Vocals – Rory Michelle
Acoustic and electric guitar – Jay Psaros



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