Jets? Sharks? Latkes? Sufganiyot? Doesn’t matter where your allegiance lies: finding the light is always worth the fight — for all #eightnights! Get #cool, boys and girls, to this Chanukah homage to one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time. Chag Sameach!
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All Six13 songs are created with nothing but the human voice.
Anchored by a strong Jewish identity and driven by a mission to connect Jews around the globe with their heritage through music, professional Jewish a cappella group Six13 are the originators of today’s Jewish a cappella sound. They’ve performed to rave reviews at the White House for Barack and Michelle Obama, and ten of thousands more at synagogues, religious schools, JCCs, fundraising events, B’nai Mitzvah and private affairs alike. They’ve received numerous awards for their eight best-selling CDs, been selected as finalists for casting in NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, and garnered more than 20 million views online.
Based on the music of West Side Story, the Broadway musical and motion picture:
0:17 “On Chanukah” (“America”)
1:12 “Menorah” (“Maria”)
1:55 “Gee, King Antiochus” (“Gee, Officer Krupke”)
2:49 “Eight Nights” (“Tonight”)
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Original lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Six13’s lyrics by Elliot Olshansky, Mike Boxer, Nathaniel Ribner and Spencer Garfield
Arranged by Mike Boxer
Recorded by Six13
Edited by Jeff Eames
Mixed by Ed Boyer
Mastered by Dave Sperandio
Produced by Mike Boxer
Video filmed, directed, edited and produced by David Khabinsky, Daled Studios
Additional editing by Kristine Slipson
Choreography by Jesse Afriyie
Special thanks to Hashem, our loving families, all our incredible audio and video production staff, our alumni, our amazing fans, all of our music teachers, Manhattan Jewish Experience, SAR High School, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, anonymous parking facility, Rabbi Mark Wildes, Rabbi Ezra Cohen, Alan Zeitlin, Elie Landau, Cantor Dan Singer, Gene Minor, Steven Spielberg, and the great Leonard Bernstein.
Mike Boxer | Carl Haber
Lior Melnick | Craig Resmovits
Nathaniel Ribner | Josh Sauer
Jacob Spadaro | Mordy Weinstein
(c) 2021 Six13
Candles we’re lighting on Chanukah
Blessings reciting on Chanukah
Fried foods we’re biting on Chanukah
Family uniting for Chanukah
I made a clay dreidel to spin
Why does it only land on shin?
Sufganiyot with my family
I’ll take a latke, if you please!
Chocolate money on Chanukah
Latkes are crunchy on Chanukah
Presents from Bubbe on Chanukah
I want a puppy for Chanukah!
Come gather around the menorah
And light each candle’s flame
While proudly, we proclaim: We’re free!
Menorah, recall the great Temple’s menorah
And how the oil they found
Kept burning strong and proud, brightly!
Watch the flames as they’re dancing, swaying
Feel the joy of the blessings we’re saying
With eight lights it’s called chanukiah
Dear mighty Antiochus
You gotta understand
Your boys can kiss our tuchus
And get out of our land
The soldiers smashed our temple
And all our oil is bad
Goodness, Grecians, now you’ve made us mad!
Gee, King Antiochus, you’re really obtuse
You’ll never get us worshipping Apollo or Zeus
We don’t bow to idols you made out of wood
This polytheism’s no good
It’s no good!
It’s no good, it’s no good
No, it’s just no good
All this polytheism’s no good
Eight nights, eight nights
We celebrate God’s might
And Maccabees for saving the day
Eight nights, eight nights
A festival of lights
We give thanks that we’ve lived to this day
Eight days, we’ll have this celebration
For miracles that happened
The victories and the light
Now, here we are
Our hearts and candles shining like stars