Check out these sweet Palestinian lyrics:
- Come home to Palestine, Come home to me,
Come home to Palestine, O’er land and sea.
Oh, Come home to skies of blue, Come home if your heart is true,
Homeward come to Palestine, I’m waiting for you.
- I’m building a palace in Palestine,
A beautiful palace for you
(just for you, you know I love you true)
Where we can live when we grow old,
Where we can love till the desert sands grow cold,
- Rose of Palestine, Say that you’ll be mineâ€”
My heart’s calling, ever calling,
I love you Thru each fleeting hour, oh, fairest flow’r,
Come let the love-light shine In your eyes divine,
Shades of night seem to beckon me,
Back to you far across the sea,
Rose of Palestine.
What is this you ask? Read on!
Believe it or not, these are Vaudeville era songs dating before or shortly after the signing of the Balfour Declaration. Here’s the breakdown:
- COME HOME TO PALESTINE
Zionist Campaign Song
Words by Samuel H. Borofsky
Music by Isaac Goldberg
Â©1915 Zionist Bureau for New England, Boston
- I’M BUILDING A PALACE IN PALESTINE
Words and music by Richard Howard
Â©1916, Daly Music Publisher, Boston
- ROSE OF PALESTINE
Music by Harold Dixon
Words by Robert E. Harty
Â©1922 Dixon-Lane Music Pub. Co., Chicago
Apparently, back in the day, Vaudevillian performers were the equivalent of today’s bloggers. OK, maybe that’s a stretch. But definitely read this brief but interesting article which explains a bit of the provenance of these songs (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).