Monday, January 11, 2010


“Why is it people who want the truth
never believe it when they hear it?” - Yentl

Yentl, one of Barbra Streisand’s obscure yet very popular film is about a jewish tomboyish gal who longs to study laws but was deemed taboo for young girls and women. In order to pursue her passion, she dresses up as a man to be accepted. Based on “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991). The theme was nominated at the Oscars for best original song. Papa, Can You Hear Me? Undeniably, one of Streisand’s signature songs.

Sung by: Barbra Streisand


God - our heavenly Father
Oh, God - and my father
Who is also in heaven
May the light
Of this flickering candle
Illuminate the night the way
Your spirit illuminates my soul

Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you see me?
Papa, can you find me in the night?

Papa, are you near me?
Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you help me not be frightened?

Looking at the skies
I seem to see a million eyes
Which ones are yours?
Where are you now that yesterday
Has waved goodbye
And closed its doors?
The night is so much darker
The wind is so much colder

The world I see is so much bigger now that I'm alone

Papa, please forgive me
Try to understand me
Papa, don't you know I had no choice?

Can you hear me praying
Anything I'm saying
Even though the night is filled with voices?

I remember ev'rything you taught me
Ev'ry book I've ever read
Can all the words in all the books
Help me to face what lies ahead?
The trees are so much taller
And I feel so much smaller
The moon is twice as lonely
And the stars are half as bright

Papa, how I love you

Papa, how I need you
Papa, how I miss you
Kissing me goodnight

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