Dear Ashkelon
In the month of Aviv I am leaving you
Prophets and philistines were soaking in the sea brine
While I grew lean and dry and loved you
When Rome was made of bureaucrats
Sitting fat and fluffed with fury
Over this, and over that
And though we can't rely on that
We could have been so much better
So much better than the past

Pray, under this carving stone
I will not let you go
Until you're far beyond their reach
Now go, out to the balsam grove
Where they will bury our bed sheets
And our wedding shoes
So no wolves will come and eat the leather
And they'll wear their torn-out tongues as their talismans
The seams they may sever, but the laces point to Ashkelon
So tie your things together, break your morning bread and carry on
Though the road holds strife
Rhymes to build new life
You will see now in the coming of
The night


Lyrics submitted by westminister, edited by Sarielle

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    General CommentThis song is set around the time of the First Temple (Hence the month of Aviv- Spring, from the old calendar)

    I see it as a woman singing goodbye to her home (Ashkelon, in modern Israel), which was occupied by Romans, cause her her husband and family to flee in fear of persecution.

    There's a lot of Jewish references I can't go into all of them, but I think bedsheets and wedding shoes would have been gifts for the couple on their wedding, signifying their domestic life (the bedsheets, presumably from their marriage bed where their kids are made and born etc.) and hard work (typically leather shoes are forbidden on Shabbat and holidays because they're associated with leatherworking and trades, and you're supposed to be celebrating not working.)

    This song gives me really complicated Jewish feelings and I love that the twins work their own family and their background into their music in such a beautiful way.
    Sarielleon September 25, 2017   Link

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