Beatles Parodies for Passover (Pesach)


You won't find these lyrics in your Haggadah, but we hope you can enhance your Passover seder with parodies of Beatles songs.

These lyrics are posted with reverence to the Beatles.

Eight Days a Year

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Eight Days a Week")

We sit at the seder table
On the first two nights.
We talk about the Hebrews and Egyptians
And their awful fights.
Egyptians lost, Hebrews won
Egyptians lost, Hebrews won.
That's why we celebrate Pesach
Eight days a year.

Eight days a year
We cannot eat Hametz.
Eight days a year
We talk about Moses and other greats!

We look for the afikomen
In every single place.
When the children find it,
We love to see their face.
Find it, win a prize
Find it, win a prize.
So we can continue the seder
Eight days a year!

Help!

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Help!")

Help!
We need somebody, help!
Not just anybody!
Help! You know we need someone!
Help!

When we were younger, so much younger than today,
Put you in a basket and you floated far away.
And now your life has changed in oh-so-many ways
Our freedom really seems to vanish in the haze.

Help us if you can, we're feeling down.
We know you're the best leader we have found.
Help us get far away from town.
Won't you please, please, help us,
Help us, help us!

Yesterday

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Yesterday")

Yesterday, all the Hebrews seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they should not stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly, I'm not half the prince I used to be.
Will the Hebrews put their faith in me?
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why, they have to go, I don't know, but I know they cannot stay.
Pharaoh's doing everything wrong, now I long for yesterday!

Yesterday, I killed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew slave
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Why, I have to go, I don't know, but I can't stay.
I did something wrong, now I long for yesterday!

Yesterday, the Egyptian palace was my home to stay,
Now I really need to run away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday!

Mm mm mm mmmm mmmm

Ticket to Ride

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Ticket to Ride")

We know we're gonna be glad
We think it's today, yeah.
Pharaoh said that we could be free
So we're goin' away.

We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
And yes we care!

For we were slaves you can see,
It was bringin' us down,
We would never be free
While the king was around.

We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
And yes we care!

We don't know why he's letting us go
He's gonna think twice,
He's gonna make us go back!
Before we get to sayin' goodbye
He's gonna think twice,
He's gonna give us a smack!

We know we're gonna be glad
We think it's today, yeah.
Pharaoh said that we could be free
So we're goin' away.

We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
We've got a ticket to ride,
And yes we care!

King Pharaoh's Empty City Band

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band")

It was three hours ago today
King Pharaoh sent the slaves away
They've already walked a mile
And people have started to smile
So may I introduce to you
Lonely for all this time
King Pharaoh's Empty City Band!

We're King Pharaoh's Empty City Band
We're mad we let the Hebrews go.
We're King Pharaoh's Empty City Band
We will not let the evening go.

King Pharaoh's Empty
King Pharaoh's Empty
King Pharaoh's Empty
King Pharaoh's Empty City Band.

We need to bring them back here
They should not be free
We need them as our workers.
We need to take them home with us, we need to take them home!

Why didn't I just say "no"?
Instead I let them go
The Hebrews we need to follow
In not, in the sea they'll be swallowed.
So let me introduce to you
Silent as a mime
King Pharaoh's Empty City Band!

Moses is the Guy We'll Follow

Special words by Lia Lehrer and Julia Latash
(Sung to the tune of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds")

Picture yourself in a desert in Sinai
With sand in your shoes, and sun in your eyes
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A man who's incredibly wise.

Very tall mountains of yellow and brown
Towering over your head
Look for the man with G-d's light in his eyes and he's gone.

Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Ahhhhhhhhh

Follow him down to a camp by a mountain
Where thousands of people eat G-d's manna pies.
Everyone smiles as he walks up the mountain
That stands so incredibly high.

Higher and higher he begins to climb
Waiting to get our laws
Climbing us high with his head in the clouds and he's gone.

Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Ahhhhhhhhh

Picture yourself waiting down by the mountain
Waiting and waiting, he finally arrives.
Suddenly he's there holding our Commandments
The man who's incredibly wise.

Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Moses is the guy we'll follow
Ahhhhhhhhh