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Additional Information Edit

Minyan Man is an original song. The lyrics and melody were composed by Victor Shine as a ballad in 1982. Lenny Solomon reworked it as a pop hit with a chorus, and Gershon Veroba sang vocals. This fictional account of a man experiencing a minyan in a far corner of Jewish life has entered Jewish Friday night kumzitz culture. It was re-recorded as a music video, and also interpreted by Yidcore, an Australian punk rock Jewish group.

Jewish Pride - (1987)
Shlock Rock Videos Volume 1 (1990)
Shlock Rock 10: Greatest Hits Volume 1 1986-1990 (1997)
Shlock Rock Music Videos DVD

Yidcore (2001)

Lyrics Edit

I stepped off the bus in Mobile, Alabama
The sun was slowly setting on the bay
It was six o'clock on a summer Friday afternoon,
Shabbos was an hour away.


I walked around the town wondering what to do
'Cause Shabbos is no time to be feeling blue
Then I saw a man who looked the same way too
I was quite relieved to find a fellow Jew


Chorus:
I asked the man I saw, "How many Jews in this town?"
He said to me, "There used to be a Minyan around
But one of us passed away and we've been feeling down
Yet now it seems as though another Jew has been found
Won't you stay with us for Shabbos, Minyan man?"


We walked down Winston Avenue, a block then two more
And went into a shop that read 'Closed' on the door
There was a Minyan in the back of a hardware store,
Nine men waiting for one more


We ushered in the Shabbos with a beautiful song
The Chazan had a voice that was clear and strong
We sang out as one all Shabbos long
Then Maariv came again; I had to be moving on

(Chorus)

Now that was twenty years ago, but the vision is clear
And I think about it now and then, cuz the place is still dear
And when I make this trip through Mobile once every year
I remember the men who prayed here

Now the Minyan is gone, a few died, some moved on
But the back of the store still remembers this song
The nine men who waited, the one came along...
How Shabbos was carried on a song

(Chorus)

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