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Emotional Song Describes Israel's Search for the Teens

Eliezer Botzer's 'Land Without Character' describes the emotional turmoil in Israel during search for murdered teens.
By Ornit Atzar
First Publish: 7/4/2014, 12:34 PM

On Monday, an hour before the discovery of the bodies of abducted teens Naftali Frenkel (16), Eyal Yifrah (19), and GIlad Sha'ar (16), was published, Israeli artist Eliezer Botzer was in a Tel Aviv studio recording the song "Land Without Character" about the search for the three over the past several weeks. 

Botzer noted upon the song's release that the gag order was lifted as soon as the recording session ended. 

Translated lyrics are below. 

"Land Without Character"

Hear my plea
About losing
my country, without character and form

I chased after them for days, an anxious Goliath

Before the unit was forgotten

I could not call for father or mother
I was an orphan in their eyes
I live on what will console me with
Road dust covering my tracks

My hometown has changed customs
Bustling market turned into parking lots
Little touches us more than this youthful memory
in our dreams at night

We don't know when they will return,
Elders of innocence past
I've become a stranger to myself, a stranger in my land
Cheerful memories have disappeared 

They have destroyed my home,
I have no objection;
And I have no place for prayer

I asked for rainfall
for the working man;
I forgot that I am in loss

All classes, all courtyards divided in our city
there is no private domain;
the public domain no longer recognizes [me]
Without valid testimony

My hometown has changed customs
Bustling market turned into parking lots
Little touches us more than this youthful memory
in our dreams at night

We don't know when they will return,
Elders of innocence past
I've become a stranger to myself, a stranger in my land
Cheerful memories have disappeared