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Exodus
* Featuring Terrence Forsythe *

Lyrics by Pat Boone, Music by Ernest Gold

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(Hinay ma tovu ma nayim shevet achim gam yachad)

This land is mine ... God gave this land to me
This brave and ancient land to me
And when the morning sun reveals her hills and plains
Then I see a land where children can run free

So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this golden land with me
Though I am just a man ... when you are by my side
With the help of God ... I know I can be strong
To make this land our home
If I must fight ...
I'll fight to make this land our own
Until I die ....... this land is mine!
Ooh, this land is mine.

(Hinay ma tovu ma nayim shevet achim gam yachad)

Won't you let my people go?
Tell old Pharoh!
Won't you let my people go?
Go down, Moses ... tell him ... tell him
Let my people go!
Until I die ... this land is mine!
Let my ... let my ... let my people go!

CREDITS

Produced & Arranged By:
Roy Braverman
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Recording Studios:
Westworld Recorders
Recorded By:
Bob Schreiner
Roy Braverman
Mixing Studio:
Westworld Recorders
Mixed By:
Bob Schreiner
Roy Braverman
Drums:
Bill Severance
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Bass:
Neal Lampert
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Electric Guitars:
Kenny Lewis
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Electric & Acoustic Guitars:
Tim Pierce
Including end solo and 3-part stack.
Piano, Keyboards,
Whips, Bangs, etc.:
Roy Braverman
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Lead Vocal:
Terrence Forsythe
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BG Vocal Swells:
Jim Grady
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Hebrew Vocals:
Deborah Mikkelsen
Robin Braverman
Roy Braverman
Translation:
"How good and pleasant it is
for brothers to sit together."

ABOUT THE SONG
There is so much of interest to say about this song ... where do I begin?

This is another case of my spontaneously playing a classic song on the piano, in a new way. I guess I like to do that. Soon I remembered: My grandmother (who was a piano teacher) had used Exodus as one of the pieces all of her students played. I called my sister, who has most of our grandmother's sheet music, and she copied the piece and sent it to me.

As I played and followed the lyrics, I began to think about the song and what it was about. It occurred to me that the song was originally about the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt, a biblical event whose impact eventually spread to the Christian community and then to the enslaved African Americans as a so called 'negro spiritual.' Then I realized ... black history and jewish history have so much in common ... persecution, slavery, threats of annihilation (hey ... not every song is a happy love song!). I decided that my version of this song would be about these parallels. I hope that this can somehow open some eyes and bring our cultures together in peace.

I knew I would provide the jewish aspect of this recording. Sure enough, my sister, her daughter and I sang the hebrew heard in the intro and outro (translation: "How good and pleasant it is for brothers to sit together.").
I knew I wanted a black singer to bring the concept together. But who?

One call to my longtime friend Barry Fasman (aka 'Foz') provided the answer (as was the case for 'Hey Juice'). Foz referred me to Terrence Forsythe, who astounded me the minute he began singing. Not only was he an amazingly perfect choice, as a gospel singer he understood the concept and gave the song great feeling. I had a rough concept to overlay another religious spiritual in the ending ... 'Go down Moses, let my people go!' Terrence got it immediately, and ad libbed an amazing version.

I must also comment on the spectacular work done here by my fellow musicians. I was initially wondering if this arrangement could indeed be interesting. Bill Severance and Neal Lampert developed the perfect drum and bass parts ... but it was guitarist Kenny Lewis who brought this track to life! When I heard him come up with his perky, aggressive guitar part at the tracking session, I knew something special was happening. Later, in the relative calm of an overdub session, Tim Pierce added outstanding guitar moans (in response to my whips) and fascinating guitar 'angst' in the outro ... but thank you Kenny for being the spark!

One more note of interest:
This song was written by Pat Boone and Ernest Gold ... two musical legends.

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