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Things Will Be Better…Or They Won’t

July 31, 2011

My generation grew up with singer-songwriter David Broza’s and poet-author-songwriter Yehonatan Geffen’s “Yihyeh Tov” (Things Will Be Better) as our anthem. We sang it at school, at camp, at youth group meetings. Don’t remember it? Yes you do. It’s the song they wrote a couple of days after President Sadat of Egypt came on an official visit to Israel in 1977, signaling a possible public beginning to what became the peace process between the two countries. Here’s David Broza singing this oldie-but-goodie last year, showing that it is still going strong:

Well now, Broza and Geffen have updated this anthem for a new generation – the one living in tents and protesting the high cost of living and economic disparities in Israel this summer. While the original lyrics were both cynical and hopeful, the ones for 2011 lean more toward the cynical, I think.

Following this new video of David Broza singing the 2011 version, is my translation of the lyrics. You’ll see quickly that the English is a bit clunky and that the lines obviously do not rhyme as they do in Hebrew.

For many years now we have been silent,

And denigrated to the ground.

Governments counted the money,

But nobody counted us.

 

No, poverty is not a crime,

And we will not be satisfied

Until the evil regime will come down

From towers to tents.

 

And things will be better when we will be the majority –

From Eilat to Hatzor.

Even if the journey is long,

We will march and not stop.

 

We will not listen to demagoguery,

No one will scare us-

Because for someone who has nothing,

There is nothing to lose.

 

You are easily sent

To die in wars

But if you come home alive

There is no life and no housing

 

And things will be better when we will be the majority –

From Eilat to Hatzor.

Even if the journey is long,

We will march and not stop.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.