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Lyrics - Shike Driz


Gis mir on, mayn tayere, a bekherl mit vayn,
Lekhaim vel ikh trinken, gezunt zolstu mir zayn.
Gehert hob ikh dertseyln, az in vayn in altn,
Hot aleyn der zeydenyu a nigndl bahaltn.

Gis mir on, mayn tayere, a kalishek mit yayn,
Far ale mayne libe vel ikh oystrinken lekhaim.
Kh’hob gehert dertseyln, s’iz mestam keyn lign,
Az in der tsveyter koyse ligt dem zeydens nign.

Gis mir on, mayn tayere, dem same bestn yayn.
Lomir take far dem nign oystrinken lekhaim.
Kener zogn, kener vayzn, dortn muz er lign,
Afn dno fun driter koyse der nign-shebenign.

Pour for me, my dear, a glass of wine
We’ll drink “to life” so we’ll be healthy
I heard a tale that in old wine
An old man hid a tune

dai dai dai ….

Pour for me, my dear a chalice of wine
For all my loved ones, we’ll drink‘”to life”
I heard a tale, and this is no untruth, that in the bottom of the second glass
Lies the old man’s tune

dai dai dai ….

Pour for me, my dear the very best wine
So let’s for the tune drink “to life”
Those who know, say, those who know, see
There it must lie, on the bottom of the third glass, the old man’s tune

dai dai dai ….


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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