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"Isaac"
Length 6:03
Writer(s) Madonna
Stuart Price
Producer(s) Madonna
Stuart Price

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"Isaac" is a song off Madonna's tenth studio album Confessions on a Dance Floor.

Background

A pulsating rhythm is present in the song "Isaac", which is regarded as the only song close to a ballad on the album. However, the song was criticised heavily by a group of Israeli rabbis who commented that Madonna was committing a blasphemy with their religion. They said that the song was about sixteenth century Kabbalah scholar Yitzhak Luria. In reality, the song was named after the featured vocalist Yitzhak Sinwani, who sang portions of the Yemenite Hebrew poem Im Nin'alu in the track. Initially Madonna toyed with the idea of calling the song as "Fear of Flying" since the idea behind the composition was to let go. However, at the end she decided to just call it "Isaac" after the English version of Sinwani's name.

Lyrics

m nin'alu,
Dal thae na di vim.
Dal thae na di vim.
Dal thae ma rom.

Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.

Staring up into the heavens,
In this Hell that binds your hands.
Will you sacrifice your comfort?
Make your way in a foreign land?

Wrestle with your darkness,
Angels call your name.
Can you hear what they're saying?
Will you ever be the same?

Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.

Remember, remember, never forget.
All of your life has all been a test.
You will find a gate that's open,
Even though your spirit's broken.

Open up my heart,
And cause my lips to speak.
Bring the heaven and the stars,
Down to Earth for me.

Im nin'alu...
Dal thae na di vim.

Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.

El hai...
El hai maromam 'al karuvim,
Kolam baruchu ya'alu.

Wrestle with your darkness,
Angels call your name.
Can you hear what they're saying?
Will you ever be the same?

Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.
Mmm...
Im nin'alu,
Im nin'aaalu.

El hai,
El hai maromam 'al karuvim...

The generous truly know,
What will be given,
If they don't stop, you know.
The gates of Heaven are always open.
And there's this God in the sky and the angels.
How they sit, you know, in front of the, the Light,
And that's what it's about.


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