Kol Nidrei

Kol Nidrei

i was 26 when i realized that i didn’t have a clue

where the hell i was going or what i was gonna do

cause i know we’re all one body

i wanna be the most useful part

but i can’t decide between the head, the hands, the lungs and heart

so i choose nothing

i always choose nothing

 

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go

so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

 

so i drove around new brunswick

on a tuesday afternoon

searching for a basement

that i think that i once knew

i don’t remember what it looked like

i just remember how it felt

wishing that this too too sullied flesh

somehow could melt

and i still wish that

half the time

 

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go

so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

 

and the words got stuck in the back of my throat

i was hoping somebody else would know

the things i wanted to say

so i wouldn’t have to speak myself

cause they say there’s a time to speak and a time to listen

there are times to fight and a time to give in

there are times i think i’ve got it together

and times i think that i might live forever

then there’s times that there’s a pain in my chest

screaming “don’t kid yourself kid, you’ve gotta rest”

for that the nypd ain’t got nothing on you honey

 

and the last great modern romance

ends with a whimper, not a bang

and the feeling it was never quite as great

as i once sang

i don’t think of you that often

but when i do i start to weep

for the 15 years i wasted

trying to be who you want me to be

but i forgive you

and i forgive me

i don’t care if you forgive me

 

they say you can’t take nothing with you when you go

so i won’t take nothing with me anymore

 

כָּל נִדְרֵי, 

וֶאֱסָרֵי, וּשְבוּעֵי, וַחֲרָמֵי, וְקוֹנָמֵי, וְקִנוּסֵי, וְכִנוּיֵי, 

דִנְדַרְנָא, וּדְאִשְתַּבַּעְנָא, וּדְאַחֲרִמְנָא וּדְאָסָרְנָא עַל נַפְשָׁתָנָא. 

(מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִים שֶׁעָבַר עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים זֶה, וּ)

מִיוֹם כִּפּוּרִם זֶה עַד יוֹם כִּפּוּרִים הַבָּא עָלֵינוּ לְטוֹבָה.

בְּכֻלְהוֹן אִחֲרַטְנָא בְהוֹן. כֻּלְהוֹן יְהוֹן שָׁרָן, 

שְׁבִיקין, שְׁבִיתִין, בְּטֵלִן וּמְבֻטָלִין, לָא שְׁרִירִין, וְלָא קַיָמִין, 

נִדְרָנָא לָא נִדְרֵי, וֶאֱסָרָנָא לָא אֱסָרֵי, 

וּשְׁבוּעָתָנָא לָא שְׁבוּעוֹת.