April 28, 2014. Los Angeles. Ameet Kanon singing Ve'Ulai - dedicated to her great-grandmother Isabella Weinreb.
Video : Ziv Kanon/Michel van der Burg.

Lyrics by poetess Rachel [pseudonym of Hebrew poet Rachel Bluwstein]

Ve’ulai lo hayu hadvarim me’olam
Ve’ ulai,
Me’olam lo heshkamti im shachar lagan,
La’avdo be'zeiat apai.

Me’olam, be’yamim arukim ve’yokdim,
Arukim ve’yokdim shel katzir,
Bim’romei agalah amusat alumot
Lo natati koli be’shir.

Me’olam lo taharti bi’tchelet shoktah
U’vetom…
Shel Kinneret sheli - Oy Kinneret sheli,
He’hayit, o chalamti chalom?..."

"And Perhaps " English translation

And perhaps these things never were
And perhaps,
I never rose at dawn to the garden,
To work it by sweat of my brow.

Never, not on long and blazing days,
Long and blazing days of harvest
On top of a cart full of sheaf,
I did not raise my voice in song.

Never did I wash in the peaceful azure
And innocence,
Of my Kinneret…oh my Kinneret,
Did you exist, or did I dream a dream?

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