PUSH THE BUTTON

PUSH THE BUTTON
Kobi Oz
Teapacks
This song was the Israeli entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, the first to feature lyrics in French besides English and Hebrew. It was considered controversial because of a possible allusion to Iran preparing to “push the button.”

The world is full of terror
If someone makes an error
He’s gonna blow us up to biddy biddy kingdom come
There are some crazy rulers
They hide and try to fool us
With demonic, technologic willingness to harm

They’re gonna push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button
Push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button

Il y a plein de souffrance
Dans la rue y’a trop d’violence
Et on a beaucoup de chance d’etre vivant,
Meme pas blesses
Advancement tactique de regime fanatique
Situation tragique qui me met les larmes aux yeux.

There’s a lot of suffering
In the streets there’s too much violence
And we stand a good chance of staying alive, even unscathed
Tactical advancement of a fanatical regime
A tragic situation that brings tears to my eyes.

And I don’t wanna die
I wanna see the flowers bloom
Don’t wanna go kaput kaboom
And I don’t wanna cry
I wanna have a lot of fun just sitting in the sun.
But nevertheless

He’s gonna push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button
Push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button

Mesarim mitpotzetzim alay
Tilim mit’ofefim vegam noflim alay
Shotrim veganavim mitrotzetzim alay
Vehem koftzim alay, mitkartzetzim alay

Messages are exploding on me
Missiles are flying are also landing on me
Cops and robbers are running all over me
And they’re jumping me, getting on my case.

Alelay, alelay, ta’ane li, Elohay, hay
Hasiyut haze arokh miday
Kshe’ani bekoshi khay vekulam mekavnim elay
Ze mukdam lashir ulay shenatati la khayay

Alas, alas, answer me, my God, hi
This nightmare is too long
When I’m barely alive and everyone is aiming at me
Maybe it’s too late to sing that I gave her my life

Mishtara, tzevet hatzala
Hine ze bakdam, shir lelo salam
Adom ze lo rak tzeva, ze yoter kmo dam
Shuv otzer balev et hanshima
Shelo tifrakh akhshav haneshama
Hine milkhama, hine hanshama

Police, rescue team
It made it to the Kdam, a song with no peace
Red is not just a colour, it’s more like blood
Again, I’m stopping the breathing in my heart
So I won’t drop dead
First it’s a war, now it’s resuscitation

Bum bum, ze ma shekore akhshav
Ben raketa lemacheta, ben tzofe lekatav
Ben mekhtaf lenekhtaf, ben gashum lesharav
Haslama bamadregot ola vetofeset kav

Boom, boom, that’s what is happening now
In between a rocket and a machete, a viewer and a reporter
Underhanded opportunism and a kidnappee, rain and a heatwave
An escalation in the levels is setting up camp

Klum,. Klum, ze ma shekulam osim
Kitzonim maktzinim vektzinim martzinim
Hatminim mitmatnim, mamtinim lantunim
Ve’onim (shekulam khasrey onim)

Nothing, nothing, that’s what everyone is doing
Hardliners become more extreme and officers more serious
The naive become more moderate, waiting for the data
And reply (that everyone is helpless)

Olam kulo demonim she’anakhnu stam piyonim
Veshampiyonim im zhitonim makhlitim ma sheyihiye
Nihul be’atzaltayim, oniya mele’a bemayim
Vekulam shotim lekhayim vetov’im letzad ze

A world full of demons where we are nothing but pawns
And champions with gambling chips decide the outcome
Sluggish management, a ship filled with water
And everyone is drinking to good health and drowning

Ulay ze khad miday
Tzarikh lashir shirey dkalim, shirey midbar lelo dgalim
Ani od khay, khay, khay
Ve’im yamshikh lihiyot mafkhid, rak az ani agid:

Maybe it’s too sharp
We should sing palm tree songs, desert songs with no flags
I’m still alive, alive, alive
And if it keeps on being scary, only then will I say:

I’m gonna push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button
Push the button, push the button
Push the bu… push the bu… push the button

PUSH THE BUTTON