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What Did You Mean [CLICK HERE!!]

July 31, 2007
music and lyrics by WILK
*A man calls his mother in Florida. "Mom, how are you?"
*"Not too good,"says the mother. "I've been very weak."
*The son says, "Why are you so weak?"
*She says, "Because I haven't eaten in 38 days."
*The man says, "That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 38 days?
*The mother answers, "Because I didn't want my mouth filled with food if you called."

*A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he's been given a part in the school play.
*"Wonderful. What part is it?"
*The boy says,"I play the part of the Jewish husband."
*The mother scowls and says, "Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part."
A Jew was walking on Regent Street in London and stopped in to a posh gourmet food shop. An impressive salesperson in morning coat with tails approached him and politely asked, "May I help you, Sir?"
"Yes," replied the customer, "I would like to buy a pound of lox."
"No. No," responded the dignified salesperson, "You mean smoked salmon."
"Okay, a pound of smoked salmon."
"Anything else?"
"Yes, a dozen blintzes."
"No. No. You mean crepes."
"Okay, a dozen crepes."
"Anything else?"
"Yes. A pound of chopped liver."
"No. No. You mean pate."
"Okay," said the Jewish patron, "A pound of pate. And," he added, "I'd like you to deliver this to my house next Saturday."
"Look," retorted the indignant salesperson, "We don't schlep on Shabbos."

Not Funny:
Someone who you considered a friend, upon learning that you are Jewish for the first time, says, “don’t worry, not in your blood you’re not”. She knew I was adopted.

Not funny:
Brothers in a close knit family, getting together over the Christmas Holidays, sitting around and just “kickin’ it”, “catching up”, laughing and having a “good old time” talking about “DIRTY JEWS”

What do you do when you’re around this type of conversation? Do you speak up? How does it make you feel? What’s your reaction when someone you socialize with uses the “n” word? Or makes a homophobic remark? Think about this:

*On Nov. 25th, 2006, Sean Bell was shot 50 times by police officers, outside of a nightclub in Queens, NY. The fact that he was unarmed isn’t really the point here. The point is, have you ever heard of anyone else being shot with that many bullets unless they were a person of color? Why would that happen? Why would Amadou Diallo get shot 41 times just walking home, minding his own business, literally?

*Charles Howard was an openly gay man living in Bangor, Maine. Charlie met a tragic fate in 1984 at the hands of three local teenagers who beat him for being "flamboyantly gay." Afterward, they cast him off the side of the State Street bridge into the Kenduskeag Stream where he suffered an asthma attack and drowned. Charles was 23 years old.

*”Five Jewish teenagers have been charged with hate crimes for attacking a Pakistani-American man with brass knuckles in the Midwood section of Brooklyn and calling him a "terrorist," officials said.
Shahid Amber, 24, said in an interview last night he was eating ice cream near a Dunkin' Donuts at the corner of East 15th Street and Avenue M, when he was approached by a group of five teenagers at about 8:15 p.m. on October 29. They knocked the ice cream from his hands, called him a "terrorist" and told him: "Go back to your country," he said.
The teenagers held his arms behind his back and began beating him with a pair of brass knuckles, breaking his nose and leaving his torso covered in bruises, he said. Doctors told him he would need surgery to correct the damage done to his face.

To me, the legendary jazz bass player Charles Mingus said it best, when he used a version of a famous poem, [attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group],on his song "Don't Let It Happen Here," on the album "Music Written for Monterey, 1965 Not Heard...Played Live in Its Entirety at UCLA," which after a small release was out of print for many years until re-released on September 26, 2006. He changes and expands the ending:

"One day they came and they took the Communists
And I said nothing because I was not a Communist
Then one day they came and they took the people of the Jewish faith
And I said nothing because I had no faith left
One day they came and they took the unionists
And I said nothing because I was not a unionist
One day they burned the Catholic churches
And I said nothing because I was born a Protestant
Then one day they came and they took me
And I could say nothing because I was as guilty as they were
For not speaking out and saying that all men have a right to freedom
On any land
I was as guilty of genocide
As you
All of you
For you know when a man is free
And when to set him free from his slavery
So I charge you all with genocide
The same as I
One of the 18 million dead Jews
18 million dead people"

As we sit and watch, this continues all over the world. In Darfur, Ethiopia, Congo, just to name a few places.
It’s easy to ignore
if it’s not at your front door
Make like you don’t see anything, can’t hear a sound
But the world's getting smaller and smaller
And at some point, you have to speak up

Let people know who you are
You can make a difference
And it’s your responsibility.

Don Imus, Mel Gibson, Michael Richards, Isaiah Washington…
Whether it’s hatred against people of color, jews, homosexuals,
Doesn’t matter, we continue to separate people as “us” and “them”
When is it gonna end?

This song is dedicated to pfc. Daniel Agami from Broward County, Florida, who died in Baghdad. Agami enlisted in the Army two years ago and was assigned to a station in Germany. He had been in Iraq for about a year and was often sent on raids to scope out bombs and other weapons.

He died when an improvised device detonated near his Humvee.He was 25 years old. When I read about him one day, I was moved by what others said about him at his funeral. This moved me the most, “……She said she'll remember him by the nickname that his non-Jewish comrades affectionately gave him: "G.I. Jew."

"How can you put it in the words? He was the best of the best," she said.

Agami was well-known for taking pride in teaching his fellow soldiers, many of whom told him they were unfamiliar with his people, about Judaism.

In the Army "Jewish kids often hide the fact they are Jewish," Rabbi Denburg said. "He was the only Jew on base that was openly proud to say he was a Jew……."

I wish for a day when, as the rabbi said, “Jewish kids often hide the fact they are Jewish," is no longer the case. A day when it’s ok to simply be a part of the human race. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a dream”. I will forever remain optimistic, even though Dr. King died for his commitment to that dream. I know he would want it that way.
What Did You Mean
[music and lyrics by WILK]


coming straight to you
from this bagel and lox loving
never in your wildest dreams
bar mitzvah having
nice Jewish boy
from New York City!!!

[verse 1]

I went to a party
hardly knew anybody
a conversation started with a guy who was a friend
of the only one I knew
in the room quite a few
who would do if I was judging on the basis of my eyes
but I don't roll like that
I wanna know you
and so you're gonna have to tell me something about you
before I get a feel for you
it's just the way I am
so let's move ahead
I'll tell you just what he said to me

[verse 2]

so tell me, where you from?
where you living? whatcha do?
I came from Pennsylvania
got a job as a director
it's a show that you might know
now I'm thinking this is cool

but then he whispered something
and I had to let him know
that I don't think that way
he seemed amazed that I
would even stop to make him look at me
surprised to learn that I could be
that Jewish guy
the kind he hates to be around
I hope he felt uncomfortable
I asked him to tell me


what did you mean by that?



I'm jewish
and you know deep down inside your soul that you hate me
and it was fine until I started
to point out the things
that you don't want to see
and you definitely feel uncomfortable now that you're hearing it from me
and I'm thinking it makes you feel like someone you don't want to be
so why are you acting like you're all mad at me?
I'm going deep into your closet
and I'm setting this demon free
look at me
I'm Jewish


don't you think it's kinda crazy
that he just came out and said
he doesn't like to be around
Jewish people
wanted to punch him in his fucking mouth
I chose a different way
he needed to feel uncomfortable
I pushed him to tell me

[spoken over chorus]

I bet you never felt as alone as you do right now
bad luck, you ran into me
finally have to face yourself
you're paying now
hatred like that ain't free
I don't look like what you expect to see,
do I?
I don't even sound like what you would think,
that's true
I can tell because you're sweating now
and you know what?
I wonder how
you could be so ignorant
to put your feelings on the outside
might be someone in this room
who's grandmother was one of the 6 million who died
so check that out
ain't nobody in this room
part of your disgusting little club
so you can take that home

coming straight to you
from this nice Jewish boy

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