Israeli music legend Arik Einstein has released a song to welcome Gilad Shalit home.
The song, “Now That You Are Here,” was written by Einstein’s longtime collaborator Guy Bocati. It is a heartfelt ballad telling the returned soldier how much it means for the entire nation that he is back, and that he should take the time needed to heal. “You’ll always be a hero,” Einstein sings. “You are allowed to cry. It’s not simple at all, to forgive fate.”
Haaretz reports that Einstein is not the only artist to respond to Shalit’s homecoming. Shlomi Shaban and Ninet Tayeb re-recorded Ehud Banai’s song “Coming Out Into the Light.” Aviv Geffen dedicated “Everyone’s Child” to Shalit, and singers Eyal Golan, Idan Yaniv and Shlomo Arzi also dedicated songs to him. Haaretz printed an English translation of the song’s lyrics.