|The lyrics by Yonatan Gefen paint a fascinating and ironic picture. The christ-child figure of the Little Prince is transformed into a Israeli paratrooper MIA. The laughing, golden prince of a boy represents all Israeli soldiers cut down in the bloom of youth. The lyrics refer to the reappearance of the little prince at some future time. |
The singer implores whoever comes upon him to "wipe the desert sand from his eyes." The dual meaning of this image reflects the singer's desire to see the boy come back, unharmed, but also to recover his body and restore at least that small honor to the dead. In this way, the Little Prince of Israel is the failed Messiah whose life remains unsaved and whose body remains unresurrected.
Shem Tov Levi captures the essense of hope in the flute obligato and the unexpected movement to the parallel major, in particular. He ends the last phrase with the beginning words, pausing briefly on the G major chord that is hopeful and unresolved, but then, ultimately returns to the D minor root, resigned. In my opinion, this song represents one of the finest examples of word painting in Israeli popular music. The hope and sadness of the lyrics leaves me feeling shattered.