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Lyrics - David Hofshtein


S'hot haynt fun feld a frisher vint
Oyf heyse gasn zikh farklibn
Un nit gevust vu ayn, vu oys
Un shtil geblibn.

Fun tunklen hoys bin ikh aroys
Dem vint antkegn ongekumen –
Un s’hot der vint mikh shtil un lind

Ikh hob tsekusht zikh mitn vint
Un on a vort gevor gevorn
Vos tut oyf felder zikh atsind –
Dort blit shoyn korn.

Es vet mir klingen haynt biz nakht
Der shtiler shal fun vaytn horn
Es blit shoyn korn.

Today from the field a fresh wind ascended onto hot streets
And didn’t know where was “in” and where was “out”
And calmly rested

I left a dull house, I came towards the wind,
And the wind quietly and gently embraced me

We kissed each other, the wind and I and without exchanging a word, we spoke
“What is happening in the fields now?”
“The rye is blossoming already”

It will ring in me today until night
The quiet sound of a distant horn,
The rye is blossoming already.


from Baym Taykh - By the River, released August 20, 2006


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Polina Shepherd (Skovoroda) was born in Tomsk, Russia. Now an internationally renowned singer, she brings the songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl up to date with passion and haunting soul. Her singing, based on traditional forms, is deeply rooted in east European Jewish and Russian folk. Growing up in Tatarstan placed her close to Islamic ornamentation, which can be heard in her unique vocal style ... more

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