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Lyrics – Moyshe Leyb Halpern


Kum zay mir a mame. Dertseylt hot mayn mame
A maysele fun a papirener brik -
Dertseyl es mir oykh. Un dertseyl fun di feygl,
Vos kumen in zumer-tsayt vider tsurik.

Fartrayb fun mayn bet di khaloymes di viste,
Vos kumen tsu mir ale nekht, ale nekht.
Dertseyl fun malokhim, vos zenen gekumen
Un hobn mir goldene shtern gebrakht.

Un klingt men in kloyster - farhalt mir di oyern,
Farhalt zey, un zog, az der shtot-zeyger klingt.
Un veynt in di lodn der vint, zolstu zogn -
Es zitst bay a seyfer der tate un zingt...

Dertseyl, az s'iz varemer zumer in droysn,
Un zingendik geyen di goyim fun feld.
Dertseyl - efsher vet dos mayn kuter farshtiln -
Un likhtiker, likhtiker makhn mayn velt.

Come be a mother for me. My mother told me
A tale about a paper bridge –
Tell me about it too. And tell me about birds
That during the summer come back from far away.

Vanquish my empty dreams from my bed,
That come to me every night, every night.
Tell me about angels that will come
And bring me a golden star.

And bells are ringing – cover my ears,
Cover them and say that it’s the town clock ringing.
And the wind behind the windows is blowing, you should say –
It is my father sitting with a sefer and singing…

Tell me that there will be a warm summer coming soon
and singing come the goyim* from the field
Tell me – maybe my yearning will quieten
And lighten, lighten my world.

* in Yiddish/Hebrew goyim - non Jews


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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