!שְׂרֵפָה, אַחִים, שְׂרֵפָה
,עֲיָרָתֵנוּ בּוֹעֲרָה כֻּלָּהּ
,בָּה רוּחוֹת שְׁחֹרוֹת יִסְעָרוּ
,לַהֲבוֹת חֻרְבָּן יִבְעָרוּ
,עִקְּבוֹתֶיהָ לֹא נִשְׁאָרוּ
.הִיא עוֹלָה בָּאֵשׁ

וְאַתֶּם חוֹבְקִים יָדַיִם
,בְּלִי הוֹשִׁיט עֶזְרָה
,בְּלִי כַּבּוֹת אֶת אֵשׁ הַלַּהַב
.אֵשׁ הָעֲיָרָה

!שְׂרֵפָה, אַחִים, שְׂרֵפָה
,קְרוֹבָה, חַס וְחָלִילָה, הַשָּׁעָה
,כִּי הַלְּהָבוֹת יַתְמִידוּ
,אֶת כֻּלָּנוּ פֹּה יַשְׁמִידוּ
רַק שְׂרִידֵי קִירוֹת יָעִידוּ
.מַה שֶּׁפֹּה הָיָה

וְאַתֶּם חוֹבְקִים יָדַיִם
,בְּלִי הוֹשִׁיט עֶזְרָה
,בְּלִי כַּבּוֹת אֶת אֵשׁ הַלַּהַב
.אֵשׁ הָעֲיָרָה


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    This is a cover of a poem originally written in Yiddish as "S'brennt" by Polish Jewish poet Mordechai Gebirtig after nazi's burnt down a jewish ghetto in Krakow. The poem was a cry for help for the rising antisemitism. The poem dates from 1938 and has since the Holocaust become a sort of anthem sung to remember those who died in the camps. The poem was translated to Hebrew as Ha'Ayara Bo'eret, "The small town is burning". It has been sung on memorial days for holocaust victims for many years. When Salem made a heavy metal cover with a shocking video that shows footage of the war (not for sensitive eyes) the Israeli parliament had to discuss if a metal band was allowed to cover such songs. The band however explained they wanted to make a statement to make sure young Israelis listening to metal would never forget what happened. That gave the band green light to release the song, although the cover remained controversial. The translation, more or less:

    Burn, brothers, burn! Our little village is burning Black spirts are raging through it The flames of destruction are raging No traces will be left from the fire And you watch without offering help Without stretching your hands to help stop the fire The fire of our little town

    Burn, brothers, burn! Because the hour is chas ve chalila near As the flames will continue and destroy us all Only walls will testify what has once been And you watch without offering help Without stretching your hands to help stop the fire The fire of our little town

    Burn, brothers, it's burning! Only in your hands lies salvation Quick, stretch your hands and stop the fire With your blood, stop the fire Stop the fire with your blood, don't stay at a distance Because the flames are raging higher It is burning! (literally ; more proper translation: "The fire is high!")

    "Chas ve chalila" is impossible to translate. It's something like "please don't make this happen", like "god forbid" or something.

    This is, in its context and meaning, one of the most original covers ever and one with a very deep meaning. 6 million died in the camps. We indeed should never forget. If a young crowd listening to metal is remembered this way of the horrors of the war, then I would say Salem have succeeded in their message. Of course that people considered this controversial is normal, this is a very sensitive song and few can hold tears when it is sung during memorial services.

    The band Oi Va Voi recorded a more acoustic cover of the song using the original Yiddish lyrics (thus called "S'brennt")

    Cracked Pleasureson August 08, 2012   Link

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