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Good Ol Seder Plate

Posted by jrjenks on Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Seder plateMy friends (and fellow Hump Night Thumpers) Fran and Skip are throwing a jug band Seder. They've asked us guests to take jug band songs and convert them to a Seder theme.

Here's my contribution.

Good Ol Seder Plate

(With apologies to Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the author of Good Old Mountain Dew.)

    Oh, whats on the good ol Seder plate?
    Sit 'round and I'll give it to you straight
    With a tune and some verse
    That for better or worse
    Will explain the good ol Seder plate.

Weve all had some wine
Now some karpas, dipped in brine,
Should provoke an inquisitive state.
Perhaps this unique ingestion
Will lead to a question
Thats why its on the Seder plate.

Some herbs are bitter, you bet,
Like maror and chazeret.
They really do not taste great.
But dont be a quitter
Recall that slavery was bitter
So these herbs are on the Seder plate.

The slaves by the Nile
Used mortar by the pile
To build Pharaohs real estate.
In remembrance of such
We put just a touch
Of charoset on the Seder plate.

In the old times they did
Take a lamb or a kid
And sacrifice it on a slate
But we dont all eat meat
So were using a beet
As the zroa on the Seder plate.

It was a terrible cost
When the temple was lost
And our rituals had to wait.
So please listen, I beg,
And dont eat the egg!
Leave the beitzah on the Seder plate.

We should answer the call
To respect one and all
And never discriminate.
So we choose to in-clute
A small piece of fruit:
There's an orange on the Seder plate.

So that is our good ol Seder plate
And thats all I have to relate.
Youre all very dear
And Ill see you next year
In Jerusalem 'round our Seder plate.

Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog

1 comment on “Good Ol Seder Plate”

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 @7:34:30 AM

I've always wanted to hear a klezmer version of this - at least since you told us about this at last Sunday's Costello Jam.

Klezmer or not, please post a recording of this when you are able.

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