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Lyrics – Mani Leyb


Oyf yener zayt taykh iz di zun shoyn fargangn,
Oyf yener zayt taykh iz a meydl gegangn
Mit benkshaft in harts un trern in blik
Tsu zukhn ir meydlshe glik.

Un blimelekh bloinke zibn mol zibn
Hot zi bay dem shayn fun levone geklibn
Un hot mitn shtrom zay gelozn in taykh:
"Shvimt glaykh, mayne blimelekh, glaykh"

"Shvimt glaykh, vayt ahin, vu di vaserlekh rinen,
Mestame mayn glik vet ir dort gefinen,
Un az ir vet dortn gefinen mayn glik -
Shvimt, blimelekh, gikher, tsurik!"

Di nakht hot dem taykh mit a nepl fartsoygn.
Baym taykh iz dos meydl geshtanen geboygn
Un hot in di vaserlekh lang, lang gekukt
Un shver mit di akslen getsukt...

Di vaserlekh zaynen gerunen, gerunen...
Di blimelekh hobn dort gornisht gefunen,
Keyn blimele iz nit gekumen tsurik.
Veyn, meydl, du host nisht keyn glik!

On the other side of the river the Sun is going down
On the other side of the river a young girl is walking
With longing in her a heart and tears in her gaze
She’s searching for her maiden’s good fortune

And flowers blue 7 x 7
She gathered in the moonlight
And then released them into the current of the river
“Swim along my little flowers, swim”

“Swim along, as far as the waters flow
Maybe you will find my fortune there
And if you will find my fortune there –
Swim back soon flowers! “

The night has drawn a fog over the river
On the banks the girl remained standing still
And looking long into the waters
Strongly arched her shoulders back…

The waters were flowing and flowing…
The flowers didn’t find anything there
No flower came back
Cry young girl, you will have no good fortune


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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