One Love

by Ari Lesser

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released April 29, 2011

Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melch Haolam,

Thanks You for creating the Torah
(infinite inspiration)

Thank You for creating Me
(all the rhymes, and the beats on Water, Garden Of Eden, Creation, Love An Be Loved, One)

Thanks You for creating my Dad
(acoustic guitar on Thanksgiving, Seeds, Where I Stand, Ahavah Rabah, Shema, The Ten Plagues, Miriam, Joshua, Mount Zion, The Shepherd, Abraham)

Thanks You for creating Eli
(the beat on The Artist)

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Ari Lesser Cleveland

Ari Lesser is a singer, songwriter, rapper, and spoken word artist from Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed all over the world, and written hundreds of songs on a wide range of subjects. Ari’s repertoire is expansive, touching on everything from history, to animals, to Star Wars, but now his focus and passion is making music based on the Torah. ... more

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Track Name: The Artist
The Artist

Almighty One I Love Your Art
From Galaxies down to my heart
Description I can barely start
But color sets each stroke apart

If everything was one white wall
Would white really be white at all
Might it be the same as blue
With nothing to compare it to

Black and white are shades of gray
Night seems dark because of day
And day is bright because of night
So without evil is there right

Either one requires two
And through the contrast we can view
What lies next to what is true
And understand what we should do

It takes a few wicked souls
To steer us clear of those black holes
The darkest color has its role
In the bigger picture of the hole

But life is not black white and gray
Look around you night and day
Every color every shade
The worlds a rainbow on display

Red rocks, orange fruits
Yellow sun, green shoots
Blue skies, purple flower
All proclaiming One great power

You are the greatest artist of all
The earth is Your canvass shaped like a ball
You miss no spot no matter how small
But every time You hear me call

You change Your painting as I wish
One my list no prayer is missed
Clothes on my back, food on my dish
A beautiful women to hold and kiss

My life is bliss I ask no more
Lend Your paint brush to the poor
I don’t deserve this rich reward
But thank You for Your painting Lord
Track Name: Garden Of Eden
Garden of Eden

Tired of working, sick of the weeding
Done with deceit, and the greed, and competing
Over the inbreeding, bleeding meat-eating
And cheating, misleading lead men need a beating
Bible’s the only book that I been reading
Repeating my prayer to the Lord I’m pleading
Calling to God trying to set up a meeting
I want to go back to the Garden of Eden

If I was in Eden now that would be blessed
Wake up in the morning I wouldn’t get dressed
Walk around naked just me and my wife
Living in Eden is living the life
The Garden is great, least that’s what I hear
The weather is perfect, the water is clear
No violence no hatred no trouble no fear
Everyone lives for like nine hundred years
And no One counts besides the Most High
Maker of all from the earth to the sky
God is the greatest, standing alone
Made me a woman from out of my bone
There for me, always, when I need to talk
My Lord, my Shield, my Shepherd my Rock
My Parent, my Teacher, my Lover, my Friend
From in the beginning, until the end

Tired of working, sick of the weeding
Done with deceit, and the greed, and competing
Over the inbreeding, bleeding meat-eating
And cheating, misleading lead men need a beating
Bible’s the only book that I been reading
Repeating my prayer to the Lord I’m pleading
Calling to God trying to set up a meeting
I want to go back to the Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is always at peace
The Almighty One is the only police
And once you get in, if you want to stay
There’s only one law that you have to obey

“The tree of knowledge you shall not try”
That’s fine with me I don’t make my pie
With good and evil, that’s not my goal
Wouldn’t touch that fruit with a ten-foot pole
One tree’s off limits, do I really care?
There’s pineapple peach, plum, papaya, and pear
Orange, apple, apricot, cocoa, cranberry
Avocado, olive, almond, and cherry
Mango, grapefruit, pecan, cashew
Walnut, banana, and coconut too
Every kind of tree and the fruit for free
The Garden of Eden’s the place for me

Tired of working, sick of the weeding
Done with deceit, and the greed, and competing
Over the inbreeding, bleeding meat-eating
And cheating, misleading lead men need a beating
Bible’s the only book that I been reading
Repeating my prayer to the Lord I’m pleading
Calling to God trying to set up a meeting
I want to go back to the Garden of Eden

The Garden of Eden is just like the zoo
Without any cages so you’re in it too
God’s always making some creature that’s new
And all the creations are brought before you
God let’s you name them what ever you wish
That one’s a Flamingorillionfish
This is a Hippoplatypussycat, that
A Alligatorangutangeroorat”
On top of all that the animals talk
You’d make new friends on every walk
Speak to a skunk, say hi to a fly
Share words with birds, way up in the sky
Call out a cow, yak with a yak
Talk to a turtle, he’ll talk right back
The snake might say you should eat from the tree
Of knowledge but then you would end up like me

Tired of working, sick of the weeding
Done with deceit, and the greed, and competing
Over the inbreeding, bleeding meat-eating
And cheating, misleading lead men need a beating
Bible’s the only book that I been reading
Repeating my prayer to the Lord I’m pleading
Calling to God trying to set up a meeting
I want to go back to the Garden of Eden
Track Name: Water
Water

Lord I love Your flowing stream
Turning desert valleys green
In the sun, all day it gleams
Drifting on at night like dreams

Winding everywhere with ease
Over rocks and under trees
On its way back to the seas
Cool and gentle as the breeze

Rivers flow out from Your hand
Raising life in barren land
Bringing bounty up from sand
Quenching thirst of beast and man

Spring brings and icy flow
From Your mountains capped in snow
Water falls, down it goes
To thirsty valleys far below

Your river has an endless length
Crops are pushed up by Your strength
People sing Your Name in thanks
While they play beside her banks

But Your clean stream seems to reach fewer
For she is afflicted by evildoers
In their greed they use and abuse her
Turning Your river into their sewer

Dumping until she’s darker than tar
Poisoning water near and afar
Then bottling up every clean reservoir
Trying to sell us what’s already ours

God I pray you give your worst
To those who make the water cursed
May they dwell in a hell on Earth
Surrounded by rivers but dying of thirst

Give them a taste of their toxic waste
Pour pollution back in their face
Wash them away from the human race
Your children are thirsty Lord make haste
Track Name: Where I Stand
Where I Stand

With God I stand as I walk through the land
You speak to my heart I obey the command
Of the Almighty One, there is none more grand
Canyons are less than the crease of Your hand

Mountains are no more than grains of sand
The oceans a drop from Your watering can
And the greatest distance I’ve ever spanned
Is less than the stretch of Your rubber band

The earth is a speck of dust in flight
The moon is a mirror reflecting the light
Shining from flames of the sun burning bright
Like all the stars we see at night

How many Candles could a man count
If he spent each night of his life I doubt
He’d even get close to the right amount
And they’ll burn long after he burns out

But even the stars are born and die
And to You their life is the blink of an eye
All eternity’s not a day gone by
Everything seems short, next to the Most High

The tallest tree is a puny plant
The burliest beast is a tiny ant
The great white shark is a shrimpy shrimp
And the mightiest man is mostly a chimp

So lose your ego, hide your pride
Your not in control, your along for the ride
Silence your mind, open your heart wide
And feel one love from the source inside

All wisdom is within you
Don’t need a book to know what to do
Trust your heart it’s always true
Open it up let your souls shine through

Through dull doors of the daily grind
And clouded thoughts of your gloomy mind
Shine your light til your eyes are blind
To lies, and truth is all you find

Bind yourself in righteous ways
Sing with joy give thanks and praise
God will guide you through the maze
Of life, protect you all your days

Around you angels will be sent
The Most High is much more immense
Than the strongest wall, or the longest fence
All the gold in the world don’t make no sense

When it comes to defense, can’t buy the best
God does not take American Express
But don’t get stressed if you want to be blessed
Just got to set One above the rest

I will not bow to any other man
For One Lord rules over every land
Almighty God Most High and Grand
At Your right hand is where I stand
Track Name: Abraham
Abraham

Father Abraham was born
Into the world of Babylon
A sinful place where people prayed
To idols they themselves had made
Even at home he was all alone
Refusing to bow to a piece of stone
Family idols he smashed to bits
For he knew the Lord exists
Shunned by all and called a traitor
Cause he knew God was greater
Than an object made by man
And he was the first to understand
He had two sons and both were blessed
By the Almighty One, with great success
They obeyed the Lord’s command
And to this day they rule the land

Lets put our differences behind us
Out of sight and out of mind cause
If you look where we begin
You and me are kin

It seems now we’re back at the start
The world is being torn apart
By wicked greedy violent men
Who worship idols once again
The young are corrupted by the old
Bought and sold for a piece of gold
Given guns and taught to kill
Believing murder is God’s will
The Ten commandments they forget
Their alter is their TV set
Bowing down to glowing screens
Ignoring God they praise machines
No matter where I turn my eyes
Babylon is on the rise
Everyone thinks God is man
Where is the clan of Abraham?

Lets put our differences behind us
Out of sight and out of mind cause
If you look where we begin
You and me are kin

Islam and Israel are at odds
As though they worship different Gods
Jews and Muslims don’t be tricked
You have no reason for conflict
Share the land put down your gun
You both love the Almighty One
And wicked men love nothing more
Than to see those who fear God at war
Stop fighting with one another
Grab a hammer bring your brother
Follow in your father’s path
Many idols must be smashed
Drugs and guns and television
We are One with no division
Rip to shreds your books of hate
Do not wait til it’s to late

Lets put our differences behind us
Out of sight and out of mind cause
If you look where we begin
You and me are kin
Track Name: Our God Is Marching On!
Our God Is Marching On!

Our journey here has not been not fun
Our faces were burned by the sweltering sun
We crossed trying hills and desolate plains
Sleeping in mud, being drenched by the rain

During this march our bodies were tested
But though our feet may be tired, our souls are rested
They said we wouldn’t get here, but we held our ground
And didn’t let anybody turn us around

It took four dark nights and five long days
But our efforts earned us presidential praise
Lyndon B. Johnson has pledged the might
Of the federal government, to cast off this blight

The way we have come with tears hath been watered
Treading our paths through the blood of the slaughtered
Out of the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

Today I tell this city, I say to this state
To all of America, we won’t be stopped by hate
You can burn our churches, bomb our homes, physically hurt us
But now that we are on the move you cannot divert us

Until our dreams are realized we will march on
March on segregated housing until every ghetto’s gone
March on poverty, ‘til no starved man walks the street
Until no parent must skip a meal, so that their child may eat

Let us march on ballot boxes until racism falls
Let us march on like Joshua, bring down Jericho’s walls
Listen, my people, the battle’s in our hands
So we will march on until they meet our demands

And I know that today somebody’s asking, when?
How long will prejudice blind the vision of men?
When will wounded justice now found only in our dreams
Be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme

How long? Not long, and this I know
No lie can live forever, you shall reap what you sow
Not long is how long justice will be postponed
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own
The arc of the universe is long but we all know it bends
Towards justice, How Long? Not long my friends

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment seat
O, be swift, my soul to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet!
Our God is marching on

Glory glory hallelujah!
Glory glory hallelujah!
Glory glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on
Track Name: Mount Zion
Mount Zion

Bow myself down I just see the floor
Rise to my knees I can see some more
A few blocks round on level ground
Sit on the roof I can see down town
Up hill I can tell where the city ends
On a mountain it seems the horizon bends
In space, it’s apparent the earth’s a ball
But from Mount Zion I can see it all

Well I don’t know but I have been told
That the greatest things are not bought and sold
So many mountains of silver and gold
Won’t buy me that which I want to behold
Climbing Mount Zion is my only goal
Reaching the highest peaks of my soul
Connecting my heart with the greater Whole
To meet the Director Who’s in control

Some in positions of power may cling
Onto their thrones and the feeling it brings
But prime ministers, queens, and kings
Are puppets of the One who pulls the strings
Their crowned jewels and diamond rings
Aren’t worth a song that the sparrow sings
Soaring over all on a pair of wings
From Zion alone can be seen all things

Bow myself down I just see the floor
Rise to my knees I can see some more
A few blocks round on level ground
Sit on the roof I can see down town
Up hill I can tell where the city ends
On a mountain it seems the horizon bends
In space, it’s apparent the earth’s a ball
But from Mount Zion I can see it all

Objects in the mirror aren’t as they appear
Close my eyes and the vision’s clear
Shut my ears, I can finally hear
Open up my heart and I have no fear
I stay on the path like a pioneer
Looking for life on the last frontier
Seeking something higher than the atmosphere
Might seem out of reach but it’s all right here

From the kangaroo who lives in the zoo
To the human being with the highest IQ
Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Jew
From Poland to Pakistan to Peru
Got to give credit where credit is due
To the Almighty One within me and you
Stand with God, You’ll understand it’s true
The Most High is the highest point of view

Bow myself down I just see the floor
Rise to my knees I can see some more
A few blocks round on level ground
Sit on the roof I can see down town
Up hill I can tell where the city ends
On a mountain it seems the horizon bends
In space, it’s apparent the earth’s a ball
But from Mount Zion I can see it all
Track Name: Creation
Creation

At dawn when the world is still
I stand a top Your highest hill
And gaze in wonder at the skill
You put into the things You build

The earth is filled with Your creations
Rushing rivers rock formations
Along with living populations
Stretching over every nation

Thank You, for creating me
With open eyes so I can see
The beauty of each bird and tree
Marvel at Your majesty

My king queen father mother
Shepherd teacher friend lover
You have every angle covered
Who’s like You, there is no other

God Almighty You are One
The universe is Your’s to run
Every star not just the sun
Reminds us of the work You’ve done

And past the stars there must be
So much more that we can’t see
Or even grasp because we
Are but a flea compared to Thee

Are we not just a pest
Feasting on Your living flesh
Consuming water food and breath
Until at last we rest in death

But worthless as mankind may seem
On this earth we reign supreme
Given more than we could dream
This is the land of human beings

While other beasts You simply feed
We have far more than we need
Planes, trains, wine, weed
A life of luxury we lead

No need for greed cause we all win
Just look at the place we’re in
The worlds a giant jungle gym
To run jump climb swim

A playground where we put on plays
Make music in every way
Sing until the end of days
All I want to do is praise

Ask for nothing just give thanks
For fruit trees, river banks
Lush valleys, jagged peaks
Vast oceans, winding creeks

Dense cities, open plains
Highways, shady lanes
Blue skies, clouds, rain
I love it all I can’t complain

And I am so inspired by You
That I will keep creating too
For there’s nothing I would rather do
With life than making something new
Track Name: One
One

Most of us live very phony lives
We work boring jobs and fake husbands and wives
Working nine to five to buy material things
Like cars and clothes and diamond rings

We easily lose sight of what is actually real
Numb to the feelings that we actually feel
Lose touch with our surrounding environments
And instead see the world in terms of dollars and cents

It’s easy to get caught up in your own little mind
And forget that all life is completely entwined
Cause every blade of grass and all of mankind
Will add up to One when they’re all combined

So love your neighbors even if they’re different than you
Other races, religions, and other species too
And just because you and another person don’t agree
Doesn’t make you holier than he or she

Just follow these rules for a blessed life
Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t cheat on your wife
Don’t value an object over something that’s living
Respect everybody and always be forgiving

Cause the Universe is huge and we’re so small
Just a part of the one that encompasses all
So let go of your hatred, fill your heart with love
For all of us below there is One above

This is a song for God
Adonai Elohaynu, Adonoi Echad
The Lord is God, the Lord is One
Everything from a particle of dust to the sun

One is the darkness One is the light
One is the day, and One is the night
One is the land, One is the ocean
One is stillness, and One is motion

One is resistance, One is compliance
One is religion, One is science
One is a bird, One is a tree
One is in you, and One is in me

One is a Muslim, One is a Jew
One is a Christian, and a Hindu
One is an atheist, One is a Buddhist
One is an anarchist, One is a nudist

One is what you do, One is what you think
One is what you eat, One is what you drink
One is in your lungs every time you take a breath
One is all life, and One is all death

One is what you know, One is a surprise
One is invisible in front of your eyes
One is music, film, theatre, and art
One is the end, One is the start

This is a song for God
Adonai Elohaynu, Adonoi Echad
The Lord is God, the Lord is One
Everything from a particle of dust to the sun
Track Name: Purim Poetry Slam (Feat. Yehoshua Brill)
This song goes out to Ahmadinejad
The Jews don’t fear you, we fear God
We don’t give damn, about your evil plans
Cause no man can stand up against God’s hand
Not first to curse us, won’t be the last
And if I were you a would learn from the past
Many came before you to do us wrong
But they’re all long gone and we still stand strong

In ancient Iran lived I man named Haman
Who rose in the capital of Shushan
When he walked down the street every man he would meet
Was commanded to bow to the ground at his feet
But there was one guy, named Mordechai
A Jew who served only God Most High
Day after day, he refused to obey
So Haman decided to make him pay
But it wasn’t enough just to kill one man
Instead he devised a grand master plan
And persuaded the king to kill every Jew
From the land Cush all the way Hodu
Drew random lots to determine the date
Put our people’s lives in the hands of fate
And it fell on the thirteenth day of Adar
They would slay every Jew both near and far
When we heard the news we wept and fasted
Sackcloth and ashes spread through the masses
We humbled our hearts all of Yisrael
Prayed that the wicked Haman would fail

This song goes out to Ahmadinejad
The Jews don’t fear you, we fear God
We don’t give damn, about your evil plans
Cause no man can stand up against God’s hand
Not first to curse us, won’t be the last
And if I were you a would learn from the past
Many came before you to do us wrong
But they’re all long gone and we still stand strong

Haman just could not wait for the date
That the Jewish people would meet their fate
Cause every day he saw Mordechai at the gate
And his heart was filled with so much hate
When he complained to his friends and his wife
They told Haman, “Just take that Jew’s life”
So he built a gallows fifty amos high
And tried to have the king, hang Mordechai
But the queen secretly turned out to be
A girl from a nice Jewish family
So she came in to the king, told him
That someone was trying to wipe out her kin
Enraged anyone would threaten the life
Of those close to the queen he chose as a wife
The king asked her, “Who’s behind this plan?”
She said, “This wicked Haman is the man!”
He trembled in terror he lost control
He begged queen Esther to spare his soul
But the king decided Haman must die
On the gallows that he had made for Mordechai

This song goes out to Ahmadinejad
The Jews don’t fear you, we fear God
We don’t give damn, about your evil plans
Cause no man can stand up against God’s hand
Not first to curse us, won’t be the last
And if I were you a would learn from the past
Many came before you to do us wrong
But they’re all long gone and we still stand strong

President of Iran your just like Haman
But instead of the gallows you’re building a bomb
You want to see Mordechai’s family dead
But your wickedness’ll drop down on your own head
Open your ears, we won’t disappear
Been here three thousand eight hundred years
We were slaves to Pharaoh, but God set us free
And tossed the Egyptians in the Red Sea
The wicked Balak and Bilaam tried messing
With us, but their curse turn into a blessing
Canaanites tried to fight us but all
Of them had to fall like Jericho’s walls
Goliath the Philistine talked a lot
Before he got knocked him out with a slingshot
Assyrians conquered every other land
But they ran when they came up against God’s hand
Babylon took us into captivity
But we’re back, they been gone since BCE
And Haman, who decreed every Jew should die
Got hanged on the gallows he made for Mordechai
Our enemies fade but we still exist
Do you really want to add your name to the list?
You‘ve warned if you don’t proceed with caution
We’ll name a food after you like Hamantaschen

This song goes out to Ahmadinejad
The Jews don’t fear you, we fear God
We don’t give damn, about your evil plans
Cause no man can stand up against God’s hand
Not first to curse us, won’t be the last
And if I were you a would learn from the past
Many came before you to do us wrong
But they’re all long gone and we still stand strong