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Lyrics - Abraham Sutzkever

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Impulsn fun gedank
Blitsike un rashik,
Blyask fun zun af meser-sharf.
Plutsem:
Kheyder-yorn un a vort,
Mer nisht vi a vort:
Tirlt-toybn.
Un s'lozt nit op,
Mit dem veykhn kneytsh fun tirtl,
Mit dem lashthendikn kneytsh.
O, tirtl-toybn
Tirtl-toybn
Tirtl-tirtl
Tirtl-toybn.
Kheyder-yorn, kinder-yorn,
Un es zingt.
Un farfolgt.
Un farvigt.
Un dermont:
Tirtl-toybn
Tirtl-tirtl
Tirtl-toybn.

Impulses of memory:
Lightning, noise
Gleam of the Sun on a knife’s blade.
Suddenly:
Kheyder* years and a word,
No more than a word:
Turtledoves.
And it won’t stop,
With the soft fold of tirtl
With the fondling fold.
Oh tirtl toybn
Tirtl toybn
Tirtl tirtl
Tirtl toybn.
Kheyder years, childhood years.
And it sings.
And it haunts.
And it cradles.
And reminds:
Tirtl toybn
Tirtl tirtl
Tirtl toybn.

* in Yiddish kheyder - religious school

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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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