When You Believe
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When You Believe
Many nights we’ve prayed, with no proof anyone could hear,
In our hearts a hopeful song, we barely understood.
Now we are not afraid, although we know there’s much to fear,
We were moving mountains, long before we knew we could.
There can be miracles when you believe
Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles you can achieve?
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe
In this time of fear, when prayer so often proves in vain
Hope seemed like the summer birds, too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here, my heart’s so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words I never thought I’d say
Bridge : Ashira Hashem Ki gaoh gaah
Ashira Hashem Ki gaoh gaah
Micha mocha baelim Hashem
Micha mocha nedar bakodesh
Nachitah V’Chas D’Cha am zu galata
Nachitah V’Chas D’Cha am zu galata
Ashira, ashira, ashira
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May it be your will
Our God and God of our ancestors
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and guide us in peace
and support us in just peace
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Sometimes I lay under the moon
And thank God I'm breathing
Then I pray: Don't take me soon
'Cause I am here for a reason
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around because...
All my life I've been waiting for
Olam chesed yibaneh עוֹלָם חֶסֶד יִבָנֶה
I will build this world from love... yai dai dai
And you must build this world from love... yai dai dai
And if we build this world from love... yai dai dai
Then G-d will build this world from love... yai dai dai
Hava nagila venis'mecha