Chad Gadya (Passover)

This is an additive song, with each verse adding something that kills the last thing, the final verse being:

God slew the Angel of Death, who killed the butcher, who slaughtered the Ox, who drank the water, that put out the fire, that burned the stick, that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the kid (baby goat) that my father bought with two coins.

Some believe this symbolizes the many kingdoms that persecuted the Jews, but each has fallen and only God remains.


This song is usually sung at the end of the Passover Seder, giving the children a reason to stay awake through the whole thing as it is fun to sing, often speeding up as you go and adding animal sounds.

Region or Origin: 
Jewish Holidays in Song (Velvel Pasternak)
Appropriate Age: 
11 and up
Do Hexachord
Song Type: 
Religious (hymn, spiritual, etc)
Chord Progression: 
I, IV & V