Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

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Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

Postby jarkko » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:51 pm

From the lyrics of the title song (as printed in the Amsterdam Event booklet):
Hineni Hineni
I'm with you, my Lord
Read this most interesting explanation of the word "Hineni", with video clips: ... dern-uses/ :
Earlier in the semester, we talked about the word “Hineni” used by figures in the Hebrew Bible to say “Here I am”. There are two ways to say “I’m here” in Hebrew. The first is “poh”. This would be used as a response to a roll call, or just a general “I’m here at the store.” The second way to say that you here is “Hineni” this word has a more complete, deeper meaning.
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Re: Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

Postby holydove » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:27 pm

Thank you for posting, Jarkko. The video clips are great.

The beautiful singing of the word "hineni" is my favorite part of one of my favorite songs on Leonard's brilliant new album. Truly sublime.
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Re: Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

Postby hansmoleman » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:06 am

Seems eerily prophetic.
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Re: Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

Postby Ambrote Damon » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:55 pm

99% of the time is sounds "hey baby, hey baby". even more if you reduce the pitch of the song
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Re: Meaning of "Hineni" in "You Want It Darker"

Postby Macsen191 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:43 pm

I really love You Want it Darker. Found it on free gal and it just... touched me deeply and emotionally. Ever since then I've been delving into his music and, just wow. I don't know how I never knew about him before.

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