The Bee-Gees Sing ‘Israel’…What A Beautiful Song

“Israel” is a ballad track written by Barry Gibb. It appeared on the Bee Gees’ 1971 album, Trafalgar.

The second song on “Trafalgar” — a full-fledged Zionist tribute — attracted little attention or airplay, unless in May 1972 you were listening to Dutch radio, where “Israel” went all the way to number 22.

Here’s what we do know about “Israel”: The song was written by Barry Gibb and recorded in London in April 1971. The brothers previewed the number onstage during a brief tour of the Holy Land the following summer. “Israel” was recorded at a time when the nation of Israel still enjoyed the admiration and support of much of the world (as reflected in the song’s lyrics), four years before the UN General Assembly resolved that “Zionism is racism,” and decades before Roger Waters and his despicable anti-Semite ilk called for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

You’ve had your troubles Israel
I’ve seen them all
But you put the writing on the wall
Israel Israel yeah
You know I’ve seen you fall so many times
I’ve cried for you and that’s a crime
Israel Israel Israel
Where there’s sand
Where there’s beautiful sand yeah
You know you got a kind of feeling
That’s just grand
Take me into your arms
Let me be with you
Israel Israel Israel
I like the smiles up on your people’s faces
They make you feel warm embraces
And I want that kind of smile
that kind of smile
Israel you make the whole world think about you
And if they don’t they’ll find a reason
to shout about Israel Israel
You’re the only one Israel Israel
Tell me all about it!
Tell me all about it
Tell me all about it
Oh take me into your arms
And make me feel your goodness
Be with me Israel
Hey hey hey hey
Oh oh oh
Take me into your arms
Let me hold hold you to myself
Oh I want to Israel
Israel Oh take me back into into your arms
Israel Israel Israel Israel