Wacky Pesach songs

The central mitzvah of the Passover seder is “L’higgadeta L’vincha”—to relate the story of our redemption to children. This means the section of the haggadah called “Maggid” is the most essential portion of it. However, most of the exciting songs and actions of the seder come before or after “Maggid”. Some children, even some adults, don’t really enjoy this part of the seder for that reason.

I know Pesach is long past, but it’s never too early to get ready for next year…

Here is a supplement to the haggadah to be used during “Maggid”. Here are the best songs that I wrote this year to help tell the story of our first Pesach. My original lyrics are sung to familiar children’s songs for ease of use, and I tried to be true to the original text. Please enjoy and tizku l’mitzvos!

To the tune of “Oh, Susanna”

Oh, we came to old Cana’an

To Mitzrayim for some wheat.

We had to leave our father

For we had no food to eat.

Chorus:

Folks of Egypt!

Can you spare us some wheat?

We had to leave our father

For we had no food to eat.

We rode into old Egypt

There we met a strange viceroy.

He told us he was Yosef

Then embraced us all with joy.

Chorus

We rode back to our abba

Yaacov Avinu was his name.

Then we Jews crossed the desert.

Seventy to Egypt came.

Chorus

To the tune of “My Darlin’ Clementine”

(same as “Found a Peanut”)

We were free men, we were free men,

Lived in Goshen with our flocks,

Kept our names, clothes and our language,

But then Yosef, folks forgot.

We were free men, we were free men,

Then they turned us into slaves.

Made us build Egyptian cities.

Then the cities became our graves.

Made us work long, make us work tough,

’til we cried out to Hashem,

“Please save us, please redeem us,

then we’ll serve you, Lord, again.”

To the tune of “Camptown Races”

Jews leave Egypt sing a song

Doo-dah, doo-dah

Jews leave Egypt sing a song

O De-Doo-dah-day

Thank Hashem all night

Thank Hashem all day

Thank Hashem with all our might

Let Moshe lead the way!

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One thought on “Wacky Pesach songs

  1. Reblogged this on Rebecca Klempner and commented:

    Pesach is just a couple weeks away! Here’s a post from three years ago, with wacky Pesach songs I created for our seder. I’ve long wanted to add another couple songs, perhaps for the story of the rabbis in Bnei Brak, but not sure I’ll get to it this year.

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