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Title of the song:
Lirot et hake'ev
Performer:
Sarit Hadad
Composer/Lyricist:
Y. Gispan/S. Elbaz
Sarit Hadad
Biography
Born as Sara Chodatova on Sep. 20th, 1978, in Hadera, a town in northern Israel, Sarit Hadad's life is a true modern Cinderella story. As the youngest of a family of eight children (all musicians), she began appearing (without her parents' knowing about it) in clubs at the age of 8. At the age of 10, she enrolled in a musical youth talent show, where she won 1st prize by playing a classical piece on the piano. When her parents found out about this, she was banned from leaving the house without their knowledge and was confined to their house! During the "grounded" period, she taught herself to play several musical instruments. At the age of 15 she joined a youth band in Hadera and was discovered by the person who still stands behind her till this day: her personal manager Avi Gueta. In 1997, Sarit made a trip to Jordan, where she performed in Arabic. Sarit has produced nine albums during her career, all of them reaching at least gold sales, most of them platinum or double platinum. For the past three years she has been the most successful female singer in Israel. In 1999, she represented Israel in the OGAE Song Contest with Kmo Cinderella (Like Cinderella), the no.1 selling single of that year. But of course, no ESC fan could claim today of never hearing of her, since she represented Israel in the last Eurovision in Estonia. She was chosen by a committee, whom she presented four songs. Sarit will also be representing Israel in Second Chance this year, as she was the only artist invited to present songs to IBA. There's no escaping Miss Hadad this year! In the past two years, Sarit has also made several performances outside Israel, mostly in the USA and France, mostly for the local Jewish/Israeli community.
The song Lirot et hake'ev (Seeing the pain) reached the no.1 spot in the Israeli chart earlier this year. It's from the same album her ESC entry is on. Interesting enough, both in OGAESC 99 & ESC 2002 she received 37 points. We, in OGAE Israel, hope that number won't remain the same in this contest, and want it to be higher, of course!
Original lyrics Lirot et hake'ev
 
Bashalekhet etz omed levado baru'ach
Ein lo rega cham ve'ein lo tzel
Lifamim gam hu rotze lehargish batu'ach
Velo kmo perach shenovel
 
Velifamim hazman bochen otanu
Mani'ach leragleinu michsholim
Ach lanu yesh et hakochot shelanu
Nar'ee lo she'anachnu yecholim
 
Lirot et hake'ev ulehabit lo ba'enayim
Lehitzamed el hachaim chazak, lo levater
Leha'amin bechol halev she'ihiye od tov
Veshelamrot hakol anachnu nitgaber

 
Lirot et hake'ev ulehabit lo ba'enayim
Lehitzamed el hachaim chazak, lo levater
Leha'amin bechol halev she'ihiye od tov
Veshelamrot hakol anachnu nitgaber

 
Elohim roe'ee hakol, mashgiach milemala
Shelo ne'abed et hatikva
Vegam im lifamim ko'eev, tzarich lalechet hal'aa
Ein davar hakol rak letova
 
Velifamim hazman bochen otanu
Mani'ach leragleinu michsholim
Ach lanu yesh et hakochot shelanu
Nar'ee lo she'anachnu yecholim
 
Lirot et hake'ev ulehabit lo ba'enayim
Lehitzamed el hachaim chazak, lo levater
Leha'amin bechol halev she'ihiye od tov
Veshelamrot hakol anachnu nitgaber

 
Lirot et hake'ev ulehabit lo ba'enayim
Lehitzamed el hachaim chazak, lo levater
Leha'amin bechol halev she'ihiye od tov
Veshelamrot hakol anachnu nitgaber
English lyrics Seeing the pain
 
In the fall a tree stands alone, in the wind
It has no warm moment or shade
Sometimes it would also like to feel safe
And not like a dying flower
 
And sometimes time tests us
Putting obstacles in our path
But we have our own powers
We'll show it that we can
 
Seeing the pain and looking it in the eye
Clinging on to life, not giving up
Believing with all our hearts things will get better
And that after all we shall overcome

 
Seeing the pain and looking it in the eye
Clinging on to life, not giving up
Believing with all our hearts things will get better
And that after all we shall overcome

 
God sees everything watching over us
Making sure we don't lose hope
And even if sometimes it hurts, we have to go on
Never mind, it all happens for the best
 
And sometimes time tests us
Putting obstacles in our path
But we have our own powers
We'll show it that we can
 
Seeing the pain and looking it in the eye
Clinging on to life, not giving up
Believing with all our hearts things will get better
And that after all we shall overcome

 
Seeing the pain and looking it in the eye
Clinging on to life, not giving up
Believing with all our hearts things will get better
And that after all we shall overcome