Purim Piano Woman

Piano Woman

A Purim Shpiel

                                   to the tune of Piano Man, with appreciation to Billy Joel

It’s 5 o’clock on this lovely day, the Seudah guests shuffle in

There’s an old friend sittin’ next to me

Laughin’, the Purim feast did begin


He says, “Can you play me a memory?  I’m not really sure how it goes

But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I forgot, -so repeat

A drink or 2 does that, you know”


La, la-la, di-di-da
La-la di-di-da da-dum


Sing us a song, you’re the piano woman.  Sing us a song tonight

Well, we’re all in a mood for a Megillah

And you’ve got us feelin’ alright


Achashverosh was a farcical king, he ruled Persia and lands all around

But a drunk and such a fool, oh was he

his Queen Vashti he tossed out, no more crowned


He says, “Wise men, I believe this is killing me.  I’m so lonely, what have I done?”

“A parade of maidens!” they advised the king

And “a new queen will make you sing”


La, la-la, di-di-da

La-la di-di-da da-dum


Now Haman was a Rasha רשע, a hedonist, who never had time for a Jew

He demanded bows from Mordechai, whose Torah was fortified

And always would be for life


Modest Esther was chosen to be the new queen, hiding she was a Jew

Achashverosh delighted, partied shortsighted

All the while, he never knew


Sing us a song, you’re the piano woman.  Sing us a song tonight

Well we’re all in the mood for a Megillah

And you’ve got us feelin’ alright


Now Haman drew lots, kill all the Jews was his plot.  Achashverosh said, “Go ahead”

The Jews heard and wept, Mordechai’s faith was kept

Fast and pray they did, as Esther led


Esther went to the king, pleaded her case, “Save my People from Haman’s designs”

Achashverosh in love, saw the look on her face

And Haman was hanged for his crimes


Haman planned to obliterate, his evil knew no bounds

Esther and Mordechai recorded his fate

And so “Purim” was turned around


Oh, La, la-la, di-di-da

La-la di-di-da da-dum


And Shushan the city, it sounds like a carnival.  The Jews’ shouts of salvation proclaim

“G-d Almighty has saved us, with the Torah He gave us”

That’s how the Jews overcame


La’Yehudim Haitah Orah  לַיְּהוּדִ֕ים הָֽיְתָ֥ה אוֹרָ֖ה

 V’Simcha v’Sasson v’Ikar  וְשִׂמְחָ֑ה וְשָׂשׂ֖ן וִיקָֽר

We rejoice together with laughter and Torah!  Don’t you just love Adar?


Sing us a song, you’re the piano woman.  Sing us a song tonight

Now we’ve all heard Megillat Esther, and it’s so true

You’ve got us feelin’ proud to be Jews


radA– thismonthismadejustforme  *<:~)

חג פורים שמח

Miriam Leah

About the Author
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil grew up in the midwest, but her heart has always been in Israel! She began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. She and the piano are inseparable! Music fills her life and home. Miriam Leah has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, and many Niggunim. Her poetry is unique, each poem stands on its own yet becomes greater within her collection of poems. All universal. She utilizes her writing to engage people in thought, stir discussion, share insights, support causes, bring forth truths, educate, and inspire souls. She has taught Judaics and Jewish music extensively in Jewish Day schools for many years. Miriam Leah combines her love of music and creative writing with her devotion to Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, through her writing of Divrei Torah and advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
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