Stirring: Sarit Hadad Sings ‘We’re Both From the Same Village’ at Ariel Sharon’s Funeral (VIDEO)
None of the memories shared about Israel’s legendary military and political leader Ariel Sharon, whose funeral was held Tuesday morning at his family’s Sycamore Ranch, were more stirring than Israeli singer Sarit Hadad’s powerful performance of a song written by Israeli national poet Naomi Shemer, Israel’s Channel 10 reported. The lyrics are about a friend of the then future Prime Minister of Israel who was killed during the Yom Kippur War while serving under his command.
‘We’re Both From the Same Village’ tells the story of a unique bond between two soldiers from the same Moshav, Yosef Regev and Ze’ev Amit, who was also a friend of Ariel Sharon’s.
Sharon, Regev and Amit embarked on similar life trajectories, moving from the agricultural fields to the bloody battle fields of every major Israeli war beginning with the country’s War of Independence. In the early 1950’s Amit and Regev both served under Sharon in Special Forces Unit 101 of the Israeli Defense Forces, Channel 2 said.
Below, are the lyrics to ‘We’re Both From the Same Village’:
We are from the same village. We walked through the high grass of the fields and in the evening returned to the village square, for we are from the same village.
Chorus: And on Friday evenings, when a soft breeze passes through the black tree tops, I remember you.
In the orange groves and among the avenues of the trees, we always loved the same girls, but in the end we said it doesn’t matter. It all stays in the village. We ran away to the same places. We went to the same wars. We crawled among the thorns and brambles but we returned to the same village.
I remember that in the battle that did not end how I suddenly saw you were broken. And when the dawn rose among the hills, I brought you back to the village. You see—we are here in the same village—almost everything has remained almost the same. I pass through the green fields and you lie on the other side of the fence.
For we are from the same village.
Watch a video of Hadad’s performance below: