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Title: Two Yiddish Songs
 
Shep Zitler
Audio:
Duration: 102 seconds
Copyright: ©1999, John Menszer
Transcript: Shep: Do you want me to sing you a few Yiddish songs?

Interviewer: Yeah, that would be great.

Shep: Sure.

BALALAIKA

[Shteit] a bocher un tracht, tracht, tracht
Di gantze nacht, nacht, nacht
Vemen tzu nemen,
Un nit farshemen
Vemen tzu nemen,
Un nit farshemen

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tum balalaika, shpil balalaika, tum balalaika
Freilich zol zein

Narisher bocher vos darfst du fregen
A shtein ken vaksen, vaksen on regen
A libe ken brenen un nit oifheren
A hartz ken beinken, veinen, on treren

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tum balalaika, shpil balalaika, tum balalaika
Freilich zol zein

DER REBBE ELIMELECH

Az der Rebbe Elimelech iz gewalt zei a freilich
Iz gewalt zei a freilich, Elimelech
Hat er gerufen di Chassidm, un di Chassidim haben . . .
Un di fidelers zei fidelen
Un az di fideldike fidlers haben fidledik gefidelt haben fideldik gefidelt haben zei
Un az di fideldike fidlers haben fidledik gefidelt, haben fideldik gefidelt, haben zei

English Translations:

BALALAIKA

A young man stands and thinks, thinks, thinks
The whole night, night, night
Whom to take [in marriage] and not to offend
Whom to take [in marriage] and not to offend

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tum balalaika, play balalaika, tum balalaika,
It will be joyful

You foolish young man, what are you asking?
A stone can grow, grow without rain,
A love can burn and not be consumed,
A heart can yearn, cry without tears

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika
Tum balalaika, play balalaika, tum balalaika,
It will be joyful

DER REBBE ELIMELECH

When the Rebbe Elimelech wanted to be joyous
Wanted to be joyous, Elimelech
He called the Chassidim and the Chassidim . . .
And the fiddlers fiddled . . .
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