Mar 272017

Barbra Streisand plays the part of Yentl, in the movie by the same name.  Yentl is a woman and her father, a rabbi, ignores the custom of   only males can learn the Torah and Talmud.  He teaches his daughter and is pleased with her quick and sharp mind. Yentl’s poppa dies and rather than be denied books and an education, Yentl disguises herself as a man.  The song “A Piece of Sky,” is sung to her dead father.  Barbra Streisand’s profound song tells us to be who we are, and to not settle “For a Piece of Sky.”

A Piece of Sky – written by Barbra Streisand.


It all began the day I found

That from my window, I could only see a piece of sky

I stepped outside and looked around

I never dreamed it was so wide or even half as high


The time had come, Papa, can you hear me?

To try my wings, Papa, are you near me?


And even though it seemed at any moment I could fall

I felt the most, Papa, can you see me?

images-10Amazing things, can you understand me?

The things you can’t imagine if you’ve never flown at all

Though it’s safer to stay on the ground

Sometimes where danger lies

There the sweetest of pleasures are found

No matter where I go

There’ll be memories that tug at my sleeve

But there will also be -More to question,yet more to believe


Oh, tell me where

Where is the someone who will turn to look at me

And want to share

My every sweet imagined possibility


The more I live, the more I learn

The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know

Each step I take, Papa, I’ve a voice now

Each page I turn, Papa, I’ve a choice now

Each mile I travel only means the more I have to go


What’s wrong with wanting more

If you can fly, then soar

With all there is, why settle for

Just a piece of sky?


Papa, I can hear you

Papa, I can see you

Papa, I can feel you

Papa, watch me fly




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