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Video: Six13 – Chanukah (Shake It Off)

by Jewish Music Reporter December 11, 2014

CHAG SAMEACH! Life got you down? You should be thinking about the miracle of light. Just shake it off… it’s Chanukah!

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Based on “Shake It Off”, originally recorded by Taylor Swift
Music and original lyrics by Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback
Adapted lyrics written by Spencer Garfield and Mike Boxer
Arranged by Mike Boxer
Lead vocals performed by Jacob Spadaro, Mordy Weinstein and Rob Operman
Recorded by Marianne Cheng
Edited by Jeff Eames
Mixed by Alex Green
Mastered by Dave Sperandio
Produced by Mike Boxer for Six13

Video shot, directed and produced by
Jeremy Horowitz – Top Shelf Productions
Additional direction by Mike Boxer
Additional filming by Eric Dinowitz
Costume design by Jacob Spadaro, Rob Operman and Evan Hillel


I’m feelin’ pretty great
Got latkes on my plate
I love this holiday
I love this holiday
And Kislev is the date
Light candles, one through eight
Add a new one every day
I love this holiday

I’m spinnin’ dreidels
Onions and potatoes
Comin’ to my table
Smells so good, singin’
It’s gonna be eight nights

Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight
We escaped an awful fate, fate, fate, fate, fate
We’re gonna celebrate, -brate, -brate, -brate, -brate
It’s Chanukah, Chanukah!
Light the candles every night, night, night, night, night
And the blessings we’ll recite, -cite, -cite, -cite, -cite, -cite
For the festival of light, light, light, light, light
It’s Chanukah, Chanukah!

Back in 160 B.C.E.
Lived Judah Maccabee
His army was so weak
But they still beat the Greeks
Supply of oil wasn’t great
But a miracle took place
It burned for 8 whole days
It burned for 8 whole days

So in December
Take time to remember
With four Hebrew letters
Spinnin’ round, singin’
It’s gonna be eight nights

Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight
And these latkes taste so great, great, great, great, great
Yeah that’s how we celebrate, -brate, -brate, -brate, -brate
It’s Chanukah, Chanukah!

Made a dreidel out of clay, clay, clay, clay, clay
When it’s ready I will play, play, play, play, play
Got a gimmel, not a hay, hay, hay, hay, hay
Mazel tov, mazel tov

Just remember:
If life’s been getting you down,
You should be thinking about the miracle of light
And the story of the Mac-ca–bees

Spin a nun and you don’t get none
And you put one in if you’re landin’ on a shin
If you wind up with a hay, you get half the total pay
But you spin a little gimmel then you take, take, take…

Cause we’re counting up to eight, eight, eight, eight, eight
We escaped an awful fate, fate, fate, fate, fate
Yeah that’s how we celebrate, -brate, -brate, -brate, -brate
It’s Chanukah, Chanukah!
The candles gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn
And the dreidel’s gonna turn, turn, turn, turn, turn
Got some history to learn, learn, learn, learn, learn
For Chanukah, Chanukah!

Jewish Music Reporter
Jewish Music Reporter

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