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Israel and Saul is the second song of the first act of the musical, Alan Menken & Tim Rice's King David and the first song of the cast album.

Lyrics

Israelites:
Saul...
Saul...

Israelites and Saul:
What a combination
Samuel a relic from a dreadful past
Saul will bring us peace
Power and elation
All we ever needed was a change of cast
Now we have a king
Now we are competing
Enemies retreating; we are free at last

Samuel:
"Make them a king!
Calm their hysteria!"
Thus said the Lord and I obeyed His call
Now see them cling
To someone so inferior
Mad, capricious
Sad, ambitious
Saul!

Israelite Women:
Saul is our defense!
Glorious, resplendent
Savior of a people who have been betrayed

Israelites: Kings are making sense
Israel ascendant
Holy men have failed us at the barricade
Let us praise our king
Practical, pragmatic
Victories emphatic now the change is made

Saul:
We were oppressed
Failed by theocracy
Failed by its prophets who had lost their nerve
Now they protest
Oh, such hypocrisy
If allowed to
I am proud to serve

Israelites:
Saul is in his pomp!
Saul is our redeemer!
Saul has brought his people back to life again
Glory as we swamp
Every vile blasphemer
Every single enemy we hold profane
Glory to King Saul!
All we every prayed for
Finally, we've paid for all the years of pain

Israelites & Saul:
Finally, we've paid for all the years of pain.

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