Published on Feb 16, 2010
Papa Can You Hear Me ?
Artist: Barbra Streisand
From the Movie: Yentl
God - our heavenly Father.
Oh, God - and my father
Who is also in heaven.
May the light
Of this flickering candle
Illuminate the night the way
Your spirit illuminates my soul.
Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you see me?
Papa, can you find me in the night?
Papa, are you near me?
Papa, can you hear me?
Papa, can you help me not be frightened?
Looking at the skies
I seem to see a million eyes
Which ones are yours?
Where are you now that yesterday
Has waved goodbye
And closed its doors?
The night is so much darker.
The wind is so much colder
The world I see is so much bigger now that I'm alone.
Papa, please forgive me.
Try to understand me.
Papa, don't you know I had no choice?
Can you hear me praying,
Anything I'm saying,
Even though the night is filled with voices?
I remember ev'rything you taught me
Ev'ry book I've ever read.
Can all the words in all the books
Help me to face what lies ahead?
The trees are so much taller
And I feel so much smaller.
The moon is twice as lonely
And the stars are half as bright.
Papa, how I love you.
Papa, how I need you.
Papa, how I miss you
Kissing me goodnight.
Yentl is a 1983 American film from United Artists, and directed, co-written, co-produced and starring Barbra Streisand based on a play by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Barbra Streisand portrays Yentl Mendel, a girl living in an Ashkenazi Jewish community in Poland. The film is set in an era during which women are forbidden to receive an education in Jewish Talmudic Law, but despite this, Yentl is instructed in the teachings by her Rabbi father, Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff).
After the death of her father, Yentl decides to dress like a man, take the name Anshel, and enter a Jewish legal school, or yeshiva. Upon entering the yeshiva, Yentl makes friends with a fellow student, Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin), and meets his fiancee Hadass (Amy Irving).
The story is complicated as Hadass' family cancels her wedding to Avigdor due to fears that his family is tainted with insanity, and decides that she should marry Anshel instead. Meanwhile, Hadass develops romantic feelings for Yentl (as Anshel), while Yentl herself is falling in love with Avigdor. After much turmoil, Avigdor and Hadass are reunited, while Yentl leaves Europe to go to America, where she hopes to lead a freer life
The film's musical score and songs, composed by Michel Legrand, is memorable for the song "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"
Released on LP in November 1983 and CD
on October 25, 1990
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