Reader: A long time ago a cruel Pharaoh ruled Egypt. He made the Jewish people slaves and forced them to build cities and palaces for him.
Chorus: Working, working, in the desert sun. Working, working, our job is never done.
Reader: A Jewish mother named Yocheved put her baby into a basket on the river to hid him from cruel Pharaoh. The baby's sister, Miriam, hid nearby to watch over him.
Chorus: Mother, mother, I will not make a sound. Mother, mother, I'll hid until he's found.
Reader: Pharaoh's daughter came down to the river and found the baby and decided to keep him.
Chorus: Moses, Moses, I'll name you little one. Moses, Moses, you shall be my son.
Reader: Moses grew up int he palace. One day he saw Pharaoh's guard being a Jewish slave. He was so angry, he hit the guard.
Chorus: Stop it! Stop it! Why do you beat him so? Stop it! Stop it! Feel my mighty blow.
Reader: Moses knew he could no longer live in Egypt. He ran away and became a shepherd.
Chorus: Running, running, in Egypt I can't stay. Running, running, I must go far away.
Reader: One day when Moses was watching his sheep, he saw a burning bush and heard God's voice. God told him to return to Egypt to lead the Jewish slaves to freedom.
Chorus: Moses, Moses, I need you to be brave. Moses, Moses, my people you shall save.
Reader: Moses went to Pharaoh and said:
Chorus: Pharaoh, Pharaoh, please listen to me! Pharaoh, Pharaoh, we want to be free.
Reader: But Pharaoh would not listen to Moses.
Chorus: Moses, Moses, my answer is no! Moses, Moses, I won't let you go!
Reader: To change Pharaoh's mind, God made ten bad things happen in Egypt. They were called plagues. Each time a page start, Pharaoh thought about letting the Jews leave. But when the plague ended, he changed his mind. Finally, after the last plague, he told Moses:
Chorus: Moses, Moses, I finally agree. Moses, Moses, your people can go free!
Reader: Moses told the Jewish people the good news.
Chorus: Hurry, hurry, we can go. Hurry, hurry don't be slow.
Reader: The Jewish people packed their belongings before Pharaoh could change his mind.
Chorus: Rushing, rushing, there's not much time to pack. Rushing, rushing, we won't be coming back.
Reader: There wasn't time to bake bread so the Jewish people put the dough on their backs and the hot desert sun baked it.
Chorus: Matzah, matzah, baking in the sun. Matzah, matzah, baking as we run.
Reader: When they got to the sea, God parted the waters. The Jewish people crossed to the other side and celebrated their freedom.
Chorus: Singing, singing, we're happy as can be! Singing, singing, now at last we're free!
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