"The Israelites"--???

This song, from the 60s, has always confused me.
I might have connected it with the Israel of the Bible, but nothing in the lyrics–the part I can make out clearly–sounds like anything from the history of Israel in the Bible or the chronicles of neighboring countries.
Does anyone know what the lyrics refer to, of not ancient Israel? :confused: :confused: :confused:
Thanks very much.

Given that the lyrics refer to how poor and hardworking the singer is (“slaving for bread”), I think he is comparing himself to the Israelites slaving for Pharoah in Egypt.

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