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Lyrics – Moyshe Kulbak

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Tsvey mentshn, vos voynen a tir lem a tir;
Tsvey shkheynim, tsvey bokherim hoykhe, -
A teydldiks eyns un a brie a bleykhe
(In mir, in mir, in mir).
Tsvey mentshn, vos voynen a tir lem a tir.

Ikh shlof. Plutsling chukhn zikh emetsns hent ...
(Az eyner geyt shlofn shteyt oyfet der tsveyter)
Er viklt funander a shotndik leyter
Un krikht oyf di vent, oyf di vent, oyf di vent.
Ikh shlof. Plutsling chukhn zikh emetsns hent.

Un a mol, ven men zitst bay a glezele vayn
(Es treft, oy, es treft, alevay zol nit trefn),
Dos mentshele tut dan a tirl un efn
un shpayt in a ponem arayn...
O, a mol ven men zitst bay a glezele vayn.

Tsvey mentshn, vos voynen a tir lem a tir;
Tsvey shkheynim, tsvey bokherim hoykhe,-
A teydldiks eyns un a brie a bleykhe
(In mir, in mir, in mir).
Tsvey mentshn, vos voynen a tir lem a tir.

Two people live next door to each other
Two neighbours two tall young men
One is full of life and the other pale,
(In me, in me, in me).
Two people live next door to each other

I sleep, suddenly I feel someone’s hand
(When one sleeps the other awakens).
He comes out from beneath a dark ladder
And climbs up the wall, up the wall, up the wall
I sleep, suddenly I feel someone’s hand

Sometimes I sit with a glass of wine
(It happens, it happens and I wish it didn’t).
The small one opens a door
And spits in my face
Sometimes I sit with a glass of wine

Two people live next door to each other
Two neighbours two tall young men
One is like a girl and the other pale,
(In me, in me, in me).
Two people live next door to each other

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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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