Afn Boydem (Above the Attic)

from by Inna Barmash

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Afn boydem shloft der dakh
Tsugedekht mit shindelekh.
Un in vigl ligt a kind,
Naket, gor on vindelekh.

Hop, hop, ot azoy,
Est di tsig fun dakh dem shtroy

Afn boydem shteyt a vig,
Vigt zikh dort a shpin in ir;
Tsit er fun mir dos khayes oys
Un dem dales lozt er mir.

Afn boydem shteyt a hon
Un zayn kam iz fayer-royt.
Zol mayn vayb ergets borgn
Far di kinder a shtikl broyt…

On the attic the roof is sleeping,
Covered with shingles.
And in the cradle the child lies,
Naked, without diapers.

Hop, hop, this is how the goat
Eats straw from the roof.

In the attic there stands a cradle
And a spider rocks in it.
It saps my life
And leaves me my poverty.

On the roof there stands a rooster
And its comb is fiery red.
Perhaps my wife will borrow somewhere
A piece of bread for the children…


from Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs, released November 27, 2013
Inna Barmash (vocals), Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet/bass clarinet), Shoko Nagai (piano/accordion), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin (viola/fadolin)
Recorded at Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, engineered by Michael Brorby
Mixed and mastered by Don Godwin. Artwork by Irina Sheynfeld. Photography by Mark Gurevich.

The recording project is made possible through a grant by the BluePrint Fellowship project of COJECO, funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.



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Inna Barmash New York, New York

NY-based folk singer of Yiddish, Russian and other Eastern European languages and rootsy new American music. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Inna is the vocalist of the gypsy party band Romashka, the chamber folk ensemble Ljova & the Kontraband and a new project, Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs. ... more

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