Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jan Peerce: Rozhinkes Mit Mandlen



Jan Peerce sings "Rozhinkes mit Mandlen" ("Raisins and Almonds"), a children's lullaby by Abraham Goldfaden (1840–1908), a Russian-born poet and playwright, considered the father of the modern Jewish theatre. There are many fine renditions of this famous lullaby, including a version by Netania Davrath (1931–1987), in soprano here; and a hauntingly beautiful version on violin by Itzhak Perlman here.

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Lyrics 
[Transliteration]

In dem beys hamikdash
In a vinkl kheyder
Zitzt di almone Bas Zion aleyn.
Ir ben yokhidl Yidele
Vigt zi keseyder
Un zingt im tzu shlofn a lidele sheyn: ay-lu-lu…

Unter Yidele’s vigele
Shteyt a klor vayse tzigele
Dos tzigele is geforn handlen
Dos vet zayn dayn baruf,
Rozhinkes mit mandlen
Shlof zhe Yidele, shlof.

In dem lidl, mayn kind,
Ligt fil neviyes.
Az du vest amol zayn tzezeyt oyf der velt.
A soykher vestu zayn
Fun ale tvues.
Un vest in dem oykh fardinen fil gelt.

Unter Yidele’s vigele
Shteyt a klor vayse tzigele
Dos tzigele is geforn handlen
Dos vet zayn dayn baruf,
Rozhinkes mit mandlen
Shlof zhe Yidele, shlof
Shlof zhe Yidele, shlof!

[English Translation]

In the temple, in the corner of a chamber,
The widow The Daughter of Zion is sitting all alone.
As she rocks her only son Yidele to sleep,
She sings him a pretty song, a lullaby.

Under Yidele’s cradle,
there stands a snow-white kid
that has been to market.
It will be your calling, too
Trading in raisins and almonds,
And now sleep, Yidele, sleep.

In this pretty lullaby, my child, there lie many
prophecies.
Some day you’ll be wandering in the wide world -
You will choose to be a tradesman,
And you’ll be trading and earning a lot of money.

Under Yidele’s cradle, there stands a snow-white kid
that has been to market.
It will be your calling, too
Trading in raisins and almonds,
And now sleep, Yidele, sleep.

And now sleep, Yidele, sleep!

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