Dayenu Lyrics and Chords

Dayenu means the same thing in different ways. It can be translated to mean ‘’ It would have been sufficient’’, ‘’It would have been enough’’ or ‘’It would have sufficed’’. Dayenu is a form of a poem sung during the Jewish Passover holiday as a Passover song. The Passover holiday is an important religious festival in the Jewish calendar celebrated to memorialize the emancipation of the Children of Israel who were led by Moses. It is mostly sung during the Seder( a Jewish religious service and dinner held on the 1st or 1st and 2nd evenings of the Passover) after the story of exodus has just been told before the explanation of the actual festival of the Passover. Dayenu chords and lyrics will be extensively discussed but let’s take a look at Dayenu itself.

Dayenu Lyrics and Chords

ABOUT DAYENU

The fifteen stanzas of the Dayenu song show the fifteen gifts presented by God. The first five stanzas of the Passover song represent the liberation of the Jews from slavery. The following five stanzas of the song show the miracles God did for them and the last stanzas of the Passover song show the opportunity to get closer to God. All of the stanzas end in the same word, ‘Dayenu’. The division of the stanzas include:

THE FIVE STANZAS OF SLAVERY EMANCIPATION

  • If He had brought us out of Egypt
  • If He had executed justice upon the Egyptians
  • If He had executed justice upon their gods 
  • If He had slain their firstborn
  • If He had given to us their health and wealth.

THE FIVE STANZAS OF GOD’S MIRACLES

  • If He had split the sea for us
  • If He had led us through on dry land
  • If He had drowned our oppressors
  • If He had provided for our needs in the wilderness for 40 years
  • If He had fed us manna.

THE FIVE STANZAS OF CLOSENESS TO GOD

  • If He had given us Shabbat
  • If He had led us to Mount Sinai
  • If He had given us the Torah
  • If He had brought us into the Land of Isreal
  • If He built the Temple for us.

DAYENU LYRICS

The Dayenu lyrics will be classified into three versions, the English version, the transliteration which is the way it would appear to learners who do not understand Hebrew, and the Hebrew version. Below is Dayenu lyrics in English, transliterated form, and Hebrew

  If He had brought us out from Egypt, Ilu hotzianu mimitzrayim, אִלּוּ הוֹצִיאָנוּ מִמִּצְרָיִם
  and had not carried out judgments against them v’lo asah bahem sh’fatim, וְלֹא עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִ

 

  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had carried out judgments against them, Ilu asah bahem sh’fatim אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִים
  and not against their idols v’lo asah beloheihem, וְלֹא עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had destroyed their idols, Ilu asah beloheihem, אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם
  and had not smitten their first-born v’lo harag et b’choreihem, וְלֹא הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had smitten their first-born, Ilu harag et b’choreihem, אִלּוּ הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם
  and had not given us their wealth v’lo natan lanu et mamonam, וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had given us their wealth, Ilu natan lanu et mamonam, אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם
  and had not split the sea for us v’lo kara lanu et hayam, ןלא קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had split the sea for us, Ilu kara lanu et hayam, אִלּוּ קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם
  and had not taken us through it on dry land v’lo he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah, וְלֹא הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had taken us through the sea on dry land, Ilu he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah, אִלּוּ הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה
  and had not drowned our oppressors in it v’lo shika tzareinu b’tocho, וְלֹא שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had drowned our oppressors in it, Ilu shika tzareinu b’tocho, אִלּוּ שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ
  and had not supplied our needs in the desert for forty years v’lo sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana, וְלֹא סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had supplied our needs in the desert for forty years, Ilu sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana, אִלּוּ סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה
  and had not fed us the manna v’lo he’echilanu et haman, וְלֹא הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had fed us the manna, Ilu he’echilanu et haman, אִלּוּ הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן
  and had not given us the Shabbat, v’lo natan lanu et hashabbat, וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had given us the Shabbat, Ilu natan lanu et hashabbat, אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת
  and had not brought us before Mount Sinai, v’lo keirvanu lifnei har sinai, וְלֹא קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had brought us before Mount Sinai, Ilu keirvanu lifnei har sinai, אִלּוּ קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי
  and had not given us the Torah v’lo natan lanu et hatorah, וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had given us the Torah, Ilu natan lanu et hatorah, אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה
  and had not brought us into the Land of Israel, v’lo hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil, וְלֹא הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ
  If He had brought us into the Land of Israel, Ilu hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil, אִלּוּ הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל
  and not built for us the Holy Temple v’lo vanah lanu et beit hamikdash, וְלֹא בָּנָה לָנוּ אֶת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ
  — Dayenu, it would have been enough! dayeinu! דַּיֵּנוּ

 

Dayenu song as explained earlier is traditionally sung at Passover; a Passover song. The song is over a thousand years old with a total of fifteen verses. The song show gratitude as its main motif is the expression of gratitude to God by the Jews. Moving on to the dayenu chords.

THE DAYENU CHORDS

Dayenu chord sheets have been given chords edit and it goes thus;

[Verse 1]

C           G7

Ilu ho-tsi, ho-tsi-a-nu,

C           G7

Ho-tsi-a-nu mi-Mitz-ra-yim,

C       G7      C     F

Ho-tsi-a-nu mi-Mitz-ra-yim,

C  G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

[Chorus]

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7  C

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7  C

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

[Verse 2]

C           G7

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu,

C           G7

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat,

C       G7   C     F

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat,

C  G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

[Chorus]

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7  C

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7  C

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

[Verse 3]

C           G7

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu,

C            G7

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah,

C       G7   C     F

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah,

C  G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

[Chorus]

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7  C

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7      C

Dai, da-ye-nu,

C       G7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G7     F  G7

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

THE TRADITIONAL JEWISH DAYENU CHORDS

The traditional Jewish Dayenu chord sheet

G           D7

Ilu ho-tsi, ho-tsi-a-nu, 

G           D7

Ho-tsi-a-nu mi-Mitz-ra-yim, 

G       D7      G     C

Ho-tsi-a-nu mi-Mitz-ra-yim, 

C/G G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

 

CHORUS: 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu! 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu! 

G           D7

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu, 

G           D7

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat, 

G       D7      G     C

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-Sha-bat, 

C/G G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

 

CHORUS: 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu! 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu! 

G           D7

Ilu na-tan, na-tan la-nu, 

G           D7

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah, 

G       D7      G     C

Na-tan la-nu et-ha-To-rah, 

C/G G7 C

Da-ye-nu!

CHORUS: 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu! 

G    D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

G

Dai, da-ye-nu,

D7

Dai, da-ye-nu,

                      G         [pluck B A D in G position]

Da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu, da-ye-nu!

DAYENU CHORDS EXPLANATION

The dayenu chord sheets above are a simplified version for beginners so they are chords edit for beginners to start jamming. Factually, the actual chords for Dayenu are simple and easy to learn as the song shows simplicity and is easy to learn.. The following chords are used: 

C Major- C E G

G Major- G B D

G7 ( alternate to G Major)- B B D F

DAYENU CHORDS FOR GUITAR

You can simply finger the dayenu chord sheet on your guitar or guitar ukulele to start jamming your dayenu lyrics in this way since the song shows the embracement of different instruments.:

C Major chord sheet

  • First finger- 5th string- 1st fret
  • Second finger- 3rd string- 2nd fret
  • Third finger- 2nd string- 3rd fret

G Major chord sheet

  • Second finger- 2nd string- 2nd fret
  • Third finger-  1st string- 3rd fret
  • Fourth finger, 6th string, 3rd fret

G7 chord sheet

  • First finger- 6th string- 1st fret
  • Second finger- 2nd string- 2nd fret
  • Third finger- 3rd string- 3rd fret

And then it goes thus;

DAYENU CHORDS FOR UKULELE  

Dayenu chords edit can simply be fingered on Ukulele or guitar ukulele in this way:

C Major chord sheet

  • Third finger- 4th string- 3rd fret

G Major chord sheet

  • First finger, 2nd string, 2nd fret
  • Second finger, 4th string, 2nd fret
  • Third finger, 3rd string, 3rd fret

G7 chord sheet

  • First finger, 3rd string, 1st fret
  • Second finger, 4th string, 2nd fret
  • Third finger, 2nd string, 2nd fret

DAYENU SHEET FOR PIANO

Dayenu chord sheet can easily be played on a piano thus;

E G G G G A G F

I lu ho tzi ho tzi a nu

E G G G G A G F

Ho tzi a nu mi mitz ra im

E G D F E G D F

Ho tzi an u mi mitz ra im

E D C E E G F

Dai en u Dai dai en u

F F A G

Dai dai ein u

G G C B

Dai dai ein u

B B G A B C

Dai ein u dai ei nu

Dayenu lyrics and chords have been dutifully explained above and you can start jamming the song already. Some selected chord instruments are explained as well like the guitar ukulele and the piano. However, the Dayenu song can be played on any musical instrument in any style as the Passover song show no restriction to any instrument.

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