SHEMA EP

by Natalie Kendel

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SHEMA by author and Christian songwriter, Natalie Kendel.
6 songs selected from the album.

SHEMA serves as a dynamic musical storytelling of the book of Exodus, following the journey of an enslaved people and their struggle for and with freedom. Songs move through various genres, with stirring melodies and profound lyrics - a product of exegetical study/

Employing Hebrew text, and electric imagery, Natalie Kendel challenges the conventional definition of slavery and freedom, delving into a deeper problem: a problem where hearts long back to the ‘old’ and the ‘safe’, no matter how awful that old state may be. The story, not only of the freeing of an enslaved people, but their grappling with learning how to love and live true freedom.

Copyright 2014 © Natalie Kendel

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released January 11, 2013

All music and lyrics composed and written by Natalie Kendel.
Production and sound editor: Natalie Kendel

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Natalie Kendel England, UK

Theologian, Natalie Kendel, works as an author, songwriter, and teacher in England.

Using an imaginative, narrative approach, Kendel musically communicates the biblical story.

Led through orchestral, neo-80s influence, & various genre blends, she evokes a rallying listening experience, with unique lyrics, based on in-depth study of the biblical texts in their original languages.
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Track Name: SHEMA
These words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. 
And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6)

Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil 
Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
(Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.)

Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil 
Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
(Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.)

Barukh sheim k'vod 
malkhuto l'olam va'ed.
(Blessed be the Name of His glorious
 kingdom for ever and ever.)


Blessed be the name of his glorious kingdom forever and ever
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul
And with all your might

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul
And with all your might


Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil 
Adonai Eloheinu 
Adonai echad.
(Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.)

Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil 
Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil 
Adonai Eloheinu 
Adonai echad.
(Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.)
Track Name: Sons and Daughters
You who opened seas and waters
Breath of your nostrils in days of old
Come and free our sons and daughters
That they may cry "Our Deliverer!"

You who parted seas and waters
Breath of your nostrils in days of old
Come and free our sons and daughters
That they may cry "Our Deliverer!"

He has brought
Brought you out
He has brought
brought you out

You, a pillar
Shadow, fire
Carving a way to another land
Come and free our sons and daughters!
That they may cry "Our Deliverer!"

He has brought
Brought you out
He has brought
brought you out

You who opened seas and waters
Breath of your nostrils in days of old
Come and free our sons and daughters
That they may know our Deliverer!

He has brought
Brought us out
He has bought
brought us out

He has bought
Bought us out
He has bought
brought us out
Track Name: Thousands, Hundreds, Fifties, Tens
A good leader is a leader 
who doesn't want people to depend on him
'Cause a good leader
Makes other leaders
In thousands, hundreds and fifties and tens

A good leader is a leader 
who doesn't want people to depend on him
'Cause a good leader
Makes other leaders
In thousands, hundreds and fifties and tens

Moses sat as a judge for the people
Passing out judgement from morning till night
And Jethro asked: Son, What are you doing? 
You're only wearing yourself and these people out

'Cause a good leader is a leader 
who doesn't want people to depend on him
'Cause a good leader
Makes other leaders
In thousands, hundreds and fifties and tens

So Moses became a delegator
Empowering others to take the torch
'Cause a good leader makes other leaders
Not hogging the power, but arming the flock

And a good leader is a leader 
who doesn't want people to depend on him
'Cause a good leader
Makes other leaders
In thousands, hundreds and fifties and tens

And a good leader is a leader 
who doesn't want people to depend on him
'Cause a good leader
Makes other leaders
In thousands, hundreds and fifties and tens
Track Name: Down by the Waters
Down by the waters
Down by the waters they lay
Down by the waters
Down by the waters they lay

But God brought them out of there
God brought them out. I say.
God brought out
God brought them out
I say.

Down by the waters
Down by the waters they lay
But God brought them out
God brought them out. I say!

Down by the waters
Down by the waters they lay
Down by the waters
Down by the waters they lay
But God had a better plan in mind
Yes, He did
Down by the water
Down by the water they prayed

But God had a better plan in mind
Yes, He did
Down by the water
Down by the water they prayed

So He opened them waters
He opened them waters
Made a way
So He opened them waters, waters, waters
And he made another way

Down by the waters
Down by the water they lay

Go down, Moshe
Way down in Egypt's land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go
Track Name: Deeper than Egypt's Pits
God caused the Nile to run with blood
to bring out a children who drowned in its bed
But through every vein and every heart
human corruption still ran red

How do you teach a people freedom?
How do you break the chains
they can't see?
How do you end the real oppression
When bondage runs deeper than Egypt's pits?

Deliver us!

Physically free, the people preferred
the familiar old to the good unknown
We return to the dust and we return to our chains
For the problem runs deeper than time or space

How do you teach a people freedom?
How do you break the chains
they can't see?
How do you end the real oppression
When bondage runs deeper than Egypt's pits?

What is more impossible to do
to open the seas or a human heart?

True slavery is much more complex
Than geography or the sting of a whip
So, God gave Moses the law in stone
Perhaps the people could see
they needed a different kind of deliverance

Deliver us!

How do you teach a people freedom?
How do you break the chains
they can't see?
How do you end the real oppression,
When bondage runs deeper than Egypt's pits?

How do you teach a people freedom?
How do you break the chains
they can't see?
How do you end the real oppression,
When bondage runs deeper than Egypt's pits?

How do you teach a people freedom
How do you break the chains
they can't see
How do you end the real oppression
When bondage runs deeper than Egypt's pits

What is more impossible to do
to open the seas or a human heart?

Deliver us!

Our bondage runs deeper
Than Egypt's pits
Track Name: Shema (playback)
See 'SHEMA' for lyrics.