“New old” song – Jerusalem Blues

Here’s a new Twilight Show song. Actually a very old song that I’ve never felt it was the right time to put out there.

I wrote this song around 1987, about the time of the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising). I’ve sat on it since then. Partly because I couldn’t think of a good musical arrangement, but also optimism and pessimism about the situation waxed and waned and it never seemed the right time to comment on a situation I didn’t really know, particularly as I didn’t have anything constructive to offer.

Since then my perspective has been changed in ways I’d never have imagined. I’ve become part of an Israeli family, been there three times and learned about the many conflicts going on there – most of them among the Israelis themselves. The song is bleak and pessimistic and now, in October 2023, seems sadly like its time is here again. Twilight indeed.

Photo of Dome of the Rock from PxHere

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