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Lyrics – Hirsh Leivick


Di tayvedike fel
fun guf aropgeshtelt;
Vos tut mayn reyne zel?
Zi tseylt, zi tseylt.

Tsvey mol tsvey iz - fir,
Ikh mol ikh iz - du,
Du mol du iz - mir,
Toyt mol toyt iz - ru.

In Mizrekh zayt mayn kop,
Di fis in Mayrev zayt;
Yog gikher, shtey nisht op,-
Noent mol noent iz - vayt.

Tsvey mol tsvey iz - fir,
Ikh mol ikh iz - du,
Du mol du iz - mir,
Toyt mol toyt iz - ru.

Shorkh baym tir. - stuk, stuk. -
S'iz ofn, kum arayn. -
Loykht oyf in letstn kuk, -
Toyt mol toyt iz - zayn.

My body’s passionate hide
Falls away.
What does my pure soul do?
It counts, it counts

Two times two is – four.
I times I is – you,
You times you is – me
Death times death is - rest.

In the east is my head
And my feet are in the west
Hurry up, don’t get lost
Near times near is - far

Scratching at the door, - knock knock -
It’s open, come in,
kindle your last look
death times death is - being


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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