"What is this song about? The situation we live in, what we have grown accustomed to calling "HAMATZAV" - The Situation. Hearts have hardened in the face of endless commentaries and demonstrations. We have grown deaf. A new language has come into being, a language of conflict, that says nothing to anyone. We thought perhaps a song would help, would move the souls that have been trapped in the sealed bubble of "the situation". (“…It’s our destiny, called ‘the situation’ – don’t breathe, not even once, not with both lungs. Don’t ever be free, don’t really be…") We wrote, we composed, we weaved constellations, we enlisted friends, and we kept telling ourselves that this despair is a luxury we cannot afford. We hummed: We can never have our lives, if they do not have their lives. We reversed it and found it to be equally true. They can never have their lives, if we do not have our lives. The more we created, the more we felt a shift within ourselves - we do not have to be addicted to despair, we can be devoted to hope. Small, but realistic and on a human scale: a song that can be sung in Arabic and in Hebrew. As in the consoling words of Prophet Isaiah, who promises that in the new land that will be built, the youngest shall die one hundred years old; and of our own humble wish to raise our children in the light, so that their shadow is cast on no one. In the light I want them, in the light. Is this one song comprised out of three? Are these three separate songs woven together? Everything is possible, this poem is prepared for anything. David Grossman wrote the words, joined by Yoni Rechter who composed the music along with Sha'anan Streett and Hadag Nahash, Berry Sakharof and Daniel Zamir. The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus and Galia Yaron collaborated with the musical producer Ami Reiss, and the artist Michal Rovner, whose aesthetic gaze follows the entire creation. This is the poem we created. Our way of asking for something simple:
That I will yet be a free man, a free people, in my country, in my home, inside my soul."