DAVID RUSH
Writer
Three Lyrics from "FEATHERS IN THE WIND"

 

 “FEATHERS” is a tapestry that weaves together a collection of old Jewish folk tales about the “Wise Fools of Chelm.”  Chelm is a town of silly people who do foolish things which always seem to come out right.  The frame story involves Rabbi Itzik, who is wandering the world, trying to find out where his people are, after a fire destroyed their town. 

 

 

God Loves the People of Chelm

 

This is part of the opening section, which explains everything.

 

WHAT'S TO WORRY?

WHAT'S TO HURRY?

ALL YOUR FEATHERS IN A FLURRY?

SOMEHOW IT'S TRUE,

WE ALWAYS GET THROUGH.

GOD LOVES THE PEOPLE OF CHELM.

WHAT'S TO WONDER?

WHY GO UNDER?

WHAT'S TO FEAR A LITTLE THUNDER?

SOON AS IT CLEARS

A RAINBOW APPEARS.

GOD LOVES THE PEOPLE OF CHELM.

THE TRICK OF LIVING IN A STATE OF PERFECT GRACE IS

HAVING A FRIEND WHO'S IN HIGH PLACES.

WE KEEP GOING

ALWAYS KNOWING

G0D IS WATCHING AND 'HELLO-ING'

FALL DOWN OR FLY,

WE ALWAYS GET BY.

GOD LOVES THE PEOPLE OF CHELM

 

Esther in the Air

Every musical needs lovers.  Esther and Berel are just now confessing their love for each other.

 

 

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, THIS IS WHAT I HEARD:

"ESTHER.  ESTHER."

IT WAS COMING FROM THE THROAT OF A TINY LITTLE BIRD.

"ESTHER" IN THE AIR”

AND THE COW DID IT TOO;

FOR INSTEAD OF A "MOO,"

IT WAS "ESTHER, ESTHER" EVERYWHERE.

A TURKEY IN THE MEADOW GOBBLED LOUD AND CLEAR:

"ESTHER.  ESTHER."

A BUMBLEBEE CAME BUZZING BY AND WHISPERED IN MY EAR:

"ESTHER" IN THE AIR.

WHILE AN OLD BILLY GOAT

CLEARED HIS OLD BILLY THROAT:

IT WAS "ESTHER, ESTHER" EVERYWHERE.

EACH AMAZING SOUND

BOUNCING ALL AROUND

MADE ME STOP AND STARE

EVERY SQUAWK, EVERY SQUEAK,

I COULD HEAR THE EARTH SPEAK:

IT WAS "ESTHER, ESTHER" EVERYWHERE.

ESTHER:

"Strange."

BEREL:

"Why do you say that?"

ESTHER:

"Because it happened to me the same way, only different."

            (sings)

I WOKE UP THIS MORNING, AND HEARD THAT VERY BIRD.

"BEREL, BEREL."

THE MUSIC HE WAS MAKING WAS A VERY DIFFERENT WORD,

"BEREL" IN THE AIR.

AND THE ROOSTER AT DAWN

JUST WENT ON AND ON AND ON,

IT WAS "BEREL, BEREL," EVERYWHERE.

EVEN IN THE KITCHEN AS I WENT ABOUT MY CHORES,

"BEREL.  BEREL."

IN THE RUSTLE OF THE CURTAINS AND THE CREAKING OF THE DOORS,

"BEREL IN THE AIR."

AND THE WHISK OF THE BROOM

AS IT SWEPT ACROSS THE ROOM,

IT WAS "BEREL, BEREL" EVERYWHERE.

EACH AMAZING SOUND

BOUNCING ALL AROUND

MADE ME STOP AND STARE;

EVERY SQUEAK, EVERY SQUAWK,

I COULD HEAR THE EARTH TALK:

IT WAS "BEREL, BEREL" EVERYWHERE.

TOGETHER:

WHY BE SO SURPRISED?  WHY SHOULDN'T IT BE TRUE?

THE WHOLE WORLD LOVES YOU, JUST THE WAY I DO.

 

House and Heaven

The show’s story chronicles the rise and fall of this blessed town.  At the start, the first thing the Chelmites must do is build a synagogue. This is their paeon to that important building.

 

KA-NAH HORA, KINDER, KA-NAH HORA KINDER

LOOK A PULPIT, GOD BE PRAISED A TORAH

            (GOD BE PRAISED A TORAH)

WE HAVE A SYNAGOGUE..

A BEAUTIFUL SYNAGOGUE..

(The music becomes reverential.)

OH, MY SYNAGOGUE.....

BATHE ME IN YOUR SWEETNESS,

BURN ME WITH YOUR LIGHT.

COMFORT ME, COMFORT ME DAY AND NIGHT.

FILL ME WITH COMPLETENESS,

MAKE MY SPIRIT STRONG.

TEACHING ME, TEACHING ME TO SING YOUR SONG.

STAND FOREVER, STAND FOREVER,

AT THE ENDING,AT THE START.

HOUSE AND HEAVEN.  HOUSE AND HEAVEN

MY HOME.   MY HEART.                   

SHARE WITH ME YOUR STORY,

LET ME ONE DAY SEE

DEEP INSIDE, DEEP INSIDE YOUR MYSTERY.

CAPTURE ME IN GLORY,

EARTH AND SEA AND SKY

TIL THE DAY, TIL THE DAY I SOFTLY DIE.

STAND FOREVER, STAND FOREVER,

AT THE ENDING, AT THE START.

HOUSE AND HEAVEN, HOUSE AND HEAVEN,

MY HOME.  MY HEART.

 

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