Music and Lyrics by Linda Hirschhorn © 1988
Lead Vocal: Linda Hirschhorn
Backup Vocals: Laurie Lewis
Guitar: Nancy Vogl
Bass: Joy Julks
Percussion: Carolyn Brandy
Soprano Saxophone: Norbert Stachel
This past spring, I participated in a Passover Seder celebration at the Nevada Desert Nuclear Test Site. The miracle of a desert rainbow mentioned in the song really did happen. It appeared as I sang a song praising the existence of the eternals: sand, sea, sky, and thunder. The appearance of the rainbow (the biblical seal on Noah's covenant with his God that the earth would not be destroyed), shook up even the most skeptical of the assembled. After I wrote the song, I discovered all the coincidences with the number 40 which is so prevalent an image in the song: Noah's flood was 40 days and 40 nights; Moses' days and nights on the mountain receiving the law were also 40; 40,000 is the approximate number of moons that have passed since the time of the story of the "birth" of the Hebrews when they passed out of Egypt (called in Hebrew mitzrayim, or "narrow place") through the parted sea; and I turned 40 this past June.