Monday, November 20, 2017

Nellie Casman: Yosl Yosl (1923)

Yiddish Performance of the Week


Yosl Yosl, also known as “Oh, Yossel, Yossel,”  was written by Nellie Casman [born in 1896 in Proskurov, Russia–died in 1984 in New York City] and Samuel Steinberg, her husband. The song was made famous in English as “Joseph, Joseph” by the Andrew Sisters in 1938. The English lyrics were written by Sammy Kahn.
Via: Youtube

Yosl Yosl
by Samuel Steinberg
& Nellie Casman

mayn khayes geyt mir oys,
ikh fil ikh halt nit oys,
mayn harts tut mir vey gor on a shir
es iz mir heys un kalt,
un ikh ver groy un alt
un veyst ir mentshn vos es kveylt mir
di libe brent a shrek
ikh fil ikh shtarb avek
nokh mayn yoslen, mayn darling, mayn dear
a bokher a sheyner
mir zol zayn far zayne beyner,
yosl, ikh krapir nokh dir!

oy, oy, oy, yosl, yosl, yosl, yosl,
oy, oy mayn khayes geyt mir oys on dir.
oy, oy, oy, yosl, yosl, yosl, yosl,
dayn malke zitst nokh alts un vart oyf dir.
oy, oy, oy, yosl, yosl, yosl, yosl,
ikh kholem yeder nakht nor fun dir,
un git der yeytser hore
mikh a mol a tore,
yosl, ikh krapir nokh dir!

3 comments:

  1. I believe that Proskurov is another name for the town known as Chmielnicki in Polish and Khmelnytsyi in Ukrainian. It was the site of a famous massacre.

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    1. My wife's mother and her maternal grandparents lived in Proskurov, and as my wife reminded me it was in Ukraine. She also told me about the massacre after the Germans invaded in June 1941. Her family were among the fortunates who were able to escape by train, thanks to a relative who was in the military.

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  2. You are talking about the 1919 Cossack pogrom; here is an interesting article published by the JTA from 1926:

    https://www.jta.org/1926/07/22/archive/50000-jews-killed-in-petlura-pogroms-paris-court-hears

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