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Lyrics – Shike Driz


Zol zayn di trern di heyse gebentsht –
A mentsh zol zayn a mentsh.
Nor mayne oygn a trukener dno.
Keyn eyntsike trer iz nito.

Zol zayn dos lakhn, dos gezunte gebentsht –
A mentsh zol zayn a mentsh.
Hot ober getrofn mit mir aza zakh,
Az nit ikh veyn un nit ikh lakh.

Let hot tears be blessed
a man must be a man
but my eyes are dry top to bottom
there is not a single tear left

Let there be healthy laughter
a man must be a man
but to me such a thing has happened
that I don’t cry and I don’t laugh


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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