Oh Jerusalem

 

Oh Jerusalem

(Moogy Klingman, Bette Midler)

Tid-Bettes: Bette wrote several songs during the recording of her third album in 1975 with producer Moogy Klingman, but sadly many of those songs were never released. Bette wrote the lyrics to this profound song and Moogy composed the music. Moogy has stated that Bette told him that her first love was a sailor back when she lived in Hawaii, and that she included the reference in the song.

If you wonder about me, I’ll sing you a song
And tell of the reason I travel along
As a child my family allowed me to roam
They said I was born, just a stranger to home

Oh Jerusalem
Oh Jerusalem
Oh, Oh, Jerusalem
Soon I will be going home
Soon I will be heading home
Soon I will be back in the arms of Jerusalem

When I was younger, only a child
I loved me a sailor, so winsome and wild
And the sweetest vision, I laid my eyes on
Was that lad in his youth, but now he is gone

Oh Jerusalem
Oh Jerusalem
Oh, Oh, Jerusalem
Soon I will be going home
Soon I will be heading home
Soon I will be back in the arms of Jerusalem

And since he departed, I’ve dreamed of the day
When life’s breath and mine will all fade away
I bid you farewell now and head on alone
Jerusalem calls me and I’m headed home

Oh Jerusalem
Oh Jerusalem
Oh, Oh, Jerusalem
Soon I will be going home
Soon I will be heading home
Soon I will be back in the arms of Jerusalem