Hikiti La’isha (I waited for the woman) (Tango), Song, Op. 284 (1959)

A Recording from September 30, 1959:
Netania Davrath, Soprano
Marc Lavry, Conductor
Kol Israel Symphony Orchestra (The Broadcasting Service Orchestra)

Solo: Soprano

Accompaniment: Piano
Note: Chikiti La’isha was originally written for Soprano and Piano. As he often did, Lavry composed an arrangement for Soprano and orchestral accompaniment for his recording with singer Netania Davrath.

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Lyrics: Rafael Eliaz

Duration: 3:00 minutes

Publisher: The Marc Lavry Heritage Society

Synopsis:
Hikiti La’isha (I waited for the woman) is one of the many songs Marc Lavry composed to lyrics by Rafael Eliaz. The first song he wrote after immigrating to Israel was the popular Shir Ha-Emek to Eliaz’s lyrics. The song Hikiti La’isha was the last one they wrote together.

The subject matter, rhythm and flow of the text inspired Lavry to write the song as Tango (and this is how he marked it in his opus book.)

Lyrics:
(transliterated from Hebrew)

Hikiti Le’isha / Rafa’el Eliaz

Haya hachoref memushach,
Hachalomot parchu bakerach,
Ani chikiti la’isha
Asher avda baderech.

     Odi zocher et hamabat
     Asher natan velo hivti’ach;
     Vehi nas’a oto bilvad,
     Hayiti metzapeh bli heref.

Haya hachoref memushach,
Hachalomot parchu bakerach,
Velu yadati ki tismach,
Hayiti metzapeh bli heref.

     Odi zocher et hamabat
     Asher natan velo hivti’ach;
     Vehi nas’a oto bilvad,
     Hayiti metzapeh bli heref.

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