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Shabbos not so much Frivolity: Psalm 137

It still being Between The Gates, I thought I would bring up some lamentations. Y’all are probably familiar with the English round “By the Waters of Babylon” popularized in the Don McLean version. It’s the first line of Psalm 137, which is a lament for lost Jerusalem. It has a lot of different settings in Hebrew, of course, such as this gorgeous one by

Salomone Rossi, and this traditional chant from the Bobover Chasidim. Franz Liszt did a setting, Heinrich Schutz did a setting, Nicolas Vallet did a lovely setting. And then there’s Godspell.

And then there’s this setting, Meydad Tasa’s Pop Psalm.

How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

Damn well, that’s how we shall sing it.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,