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Purim Song Sheets

1. Chag Purim (Folktune)

Chag Purim (2x)
Chag gadol hoo lay’dhoodim
Masaychot
Ra-ah-shanim
Zmirot
Rikudim
Hava narisha rahsh, rahsh, rahsh (3x)
Ba ra-ah-shanim.

(The holiday of Purim is a great one for the Jews
Masks, graeggers, songs and dances;
Come let’s make noise
With our graeggers.)

2. Utzu Etza (Folktune)

Ootzoo etza v’toofar (3x)
Dabroo davar v’lo yakoom
Key imanu El.

(Form your plot
It shall fail
Lay your plan
It shall not prevail
For G-d is with us.)

3. Ani Purim (Folktune)

Ani Purim (2x)
Samayach oom’vadayach
Halo rock pa-am bashanah
Avo l’hitarayach.
La, la, la…..

My name is Purim
And I come
Great fun and frolic bringing
Just once a year
I visit you
To cheer you with my singing. La la la…

Hurrah Purim
Hurrah Purim
We love your merry drumming
And if we had our way Purim
Each month you would be coming. La la la…

4. A Wicked Wicked Man (Folktune)

Oh once there was a wicked, wicked man
And Haman was his name
He lied and lied about the Jews
Though they were not to blame.
Oh today we’ll merry, merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

And Esther was a lovely queen
Of King Ahashvarosh
When Haman said he’d hurt us all
Oh my how he did scare us.
Oh today we’ll merry merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

Esther had a cousin
And his name was Mordechai
He asked her, “Can you help us?”
And she said, “Of course, I’ll try.”
Oh today we’ll merry, merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

When Esther speaking to the king
Of Haman’s plot made mention
“Ah hah, said he,” oh no he won’t
I’ll spoil his bad intention.”
Oh today we’ll merry, merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

In spite of Haman’s awful plan
And the scare he gave us
Esther was so brave and strong
She knew just how to save us.
Oh today we’ll merry, merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

So Haman got his just desserts
And we had won the day
And Esther we will ne’er forget
And on this day we say:
Oh today we’ll merry, merry be (3x)
And nosh some hamantashen.

5. Vashti’s Song (Debbie Friedman)

I never like to go to parties
When I’m the only woman there
When I said no to Achashverosh
I really didn’t know he’d care.
He threw me out, I could not be first lady anymore
I don’t know what became of me
I’m not the queen no more.

I was divorced
That’s not the worst
I was replaced
With Esther’s face
I told the king
This one bad thing
I don’t want to eat my meals
With a hundred men who deal
In the matters of the royal family.

He wanted to show them
My lovely face
I didn’t feel like dressing up in satin frills and lace
Perhaps it was a pretty silly thing for me to do
No woman wants to be a single act–how about you?

I was divorced
That’s not the worst
I was replaced
With Esther’s face
I told the king
This one bad thing
It don’t want the king’s suggestions
To give me bad indigestion
In the matters of the royal family.

All these matters make me toil
In the matters of the royal
In the matters of the royal family.

6. My Hat it Had Three Corners

My Hat it had three corners
Three corners had my hat
And had it not three corners
It would not be my hat.

La covah sheli
Shalosh pinot
Shalosh pinot
La covah sheli.
Lool hayu lo shalosh pinot
Lo hayah zeh ha covah sheli.

7. Oh Esther Won’t You Marry Me?

Oh Esther won’t you marry me? (4x) (Or—Esther, you will marry me!)

8. You Can Change the World (Jeffrey Klepper and Donald Rossoff)

In a place you may have heard about
In Shushan, as you know
An evil man named Haman said,
“The Jews have got to go.”

Now Esther was the Jewish queen
And she knew not where to turn ‘Til Mordechai her cousin said,
“There is something you must learn.”

Chorus:

“Oh Esther, you can change the world
You can make the world complete
Take the pride
You feel inside
And never accept defeat.”

“There’s an evil plot against us now
A list of cruel demands
And Esther, only you can help
Our fate is in your hands.”

She said,” Cousin do you really think
That a difference I can make?
A Jewish girl before the king
It could be a big mistake.”

Chorus:
“No, Esther…

So Esther went before the king
And tho’ she was afraid
She stood up, proud,
And spoke out loud
And her people all were saved.

So now we read the Megillah
At Purim time each year
And learn how we can garner strength
To overcome our fear. Remember:

Chorus:

9. Purim Game (Debbie Friedman)

Purim is a holiday for people old and young
We’re going to play a game together
Now let’s have some fun.

Chorus:
Guess what I am (2x)
Tell me if you can
I’ll give you hints so you can guess
Which Purim thing I am.
I have three corners and my middle’s filled with fruit or jam
I am a Purim cookie
Yes…a hamantash I am.

Chorus:

When Haman’s name is read aloud
Then all the girls and boys
Just twirl me round and round and round
…A graegger I make noise.

Chorus:

I tell the Purim story
Every year it is the same
About Queen Esther and her king
Megillah is my name!

You guessed what I am
Guessed what I am
You sang nice and loud
You answered all the riddles
You were right; now aren’t you proud. (Repeat)

10. Mishloach Manot (Sally Heckelman)

Every year when we celebrate Purim
The holiday that’s so much fun
We dress in costumes
We read the Megillah
But the part I like best is Mishloach Manot.

Chorus: Mishloach manot (2x)
They taste tov m’od
Mishloah manot. (repeat)

All wrapped up in pretty baskets
Our friends and neighbors deliver to us
There’s hamantashen, fruit and candies
All this stuff we call Mishloach manot.

Chorus:

So next time when you celebrate Purim
With your costumes and graeggers to shul you go
Don’t forget to make those special baskets
To your neighbors and friends give mishloach manot.

Chorus: