Hope with our Hands

Demo released on April 12, 2021

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A call to climate action, based on the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam.

Lyrics

VERSE 1
This ground below us
Is holy, holy
This air that breathes us
Is holy, holy

CHORUS 1
So we're gonna hope with our hands
We're gonna pray with our feet
For the world in our hearts
Realized and redeemed

VERSE 2
This bush is burning
This water’s rising
It’s time for atoning
And sanctifying

CHORUS 2
So we're gonna hope with our hands
We're gonna pray with our feet
For the world in our hearts
Realized and redeemed

BRIDGE 1
Whoa oo whoa, whoa oo whoa whoa
Whoa oo whoa, whoa oo whoa whoa
Whoa oo whoa, whoa oo whoa whoa
Whoa oo whoa, whoa oo whoa whoa

BRIDGE 2
[ Hope with our hands
Pray with our feet
For the world in our hearts,
Realized and redeemed ] « 4x

VERSE 3
So courage, courage
May we meet this moment
This world unfinished
But never broken

And mercy, mercy
May we guard Creation
For every thousand
New generations

CHORUS 3
We're gonna hope with our hands
We're gonna pray with our feet
For the world in our hearts
Realized and redeemed

We're gonna hope with our hands
We're gonna pray with our feet
For the world in our hearts
Realized and redeemed

For the world in our hearts
Realized and redeemed

Chords

Key: D
Time: 4/4, 104 BPM
Tuning: DADF#AD

VERSE 1 (8 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

CHORUS 1 (8 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

VERSE 2 (8 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

CHORUS 2 (8 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

BRIDGE 1 (8 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

BRIDGE 2 (17 bars)
| Bm | E | G | F# | « 3x
| Bm | E | G | F# | F# |

VERSE 3 (16 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 4x

CHORUS 3 (20 bars)
| Bm | G D | « 10x

Credits

Written by ZO TOBI
Inspired by Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action
"Pray with our feet" attribution: Frederick Douglass
Demo recorded at STUDIO Z in April 2021
Performed & produced by ZO TOBI
Performed by ZO TOBI on GARAGEBAND
Cover art photo: Tim de Groot on Unsplash

Liner notes

“Hope with our Hands” is a call to climate action, based on the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam.

I wrote it for Dayenu, a Jewish climate advocacy group I love. They were looking for songs focused on climate and grounded in Judaism, with the aim to inspire activism. In other words, my happy place as a songwriter. 🙂

Jewish thought is grounded in centuries of rigorous commentary and debate, and while I’m not a Jewish scholar myself, I did want this song to reflect some of the spiritual depth of our teachings — especially the principle of Tikkun Olam.

We often translate Tikkun Olam as “repairing the world”... but there is so much more spiritual meaning and depth to it than those words capture.

Olam, for example, means “world,” yes, but it is also used to connote “all of time,” and it’s related to the word helem, which means “concealment.” So in this way, we can see what we call “the world” as the realm of time and space, which conceals or exists on top of some more fundamental ultimate reality. Quantum physics might call this string theory, while Jewish mystics call it the “running and returning” of all phenomena, from and to the infinite light of its source.

Tikkun is often translated as "repair" or "rectification," but many would say it is more accurately translated as "fixing up, refining, or perfecting." As Rabbi Tzvi Freeman puts it: “Yes, we must admit, much of our world is fractured, fragmented and very messy. But it’s not broken. It’s been disassembled—purposely. The Creator made a world that was designed to fall apart—so that we could put all the scattered pieces together and create a better, more harmonious, self-sustaining world. Which is the most magnanimous gift He could provide us, the ultimate act of love. Effectively, He made us His partners in the creation of heaven and earth. This changes everything.”

I wanted this song to fundamentally reflect this view of Tikkun Olam: that we, and our world, are not broken, but a true work of beauty yet to be fully revealed. And that we are not powerless victims waiting for forces on high to fix things, NOR are we all-powerful directors or dictators of this process — but instead, we are here to be humble and awe-inspired partners, both with the unseen force in this universe that makes transformation possible, and also with creation itself, with nature, with the web of life of which we are one small part.