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lyrics

Oy, Abram, ikh ken on dir nit zayn
Ikh on dir un du on mir
Kenen mir beyde nit zayn!
Gedenkstu, gedenkstu, bay dem toyer
Hostu mir gezogt a sod in oyer,
“Oy vey, Rivkenyu, gib zhe mir dayn piskenyu!”

Oy, Abram, ikh ken on dir nit zayn!
Ikh on dir, un du on mir
Iz vi a klyamke on a tir!
Gedenkstu, gedensktu, oyf dem bulvar
Ikh der kluger un du der nar?
“Oy vey, Rivkenyu, gib zhe mir dayn piskenyu!”

Oy, Abram, ikh ken on dir nit zayn!
Ikh on dir un du on mir
Kenen mir beyde nit zayn
Gedenkstu, gedenkstu dos royte kleyd?
Oy bin ikh geven a sheyn meydl!
“Oy vey, Rivkenyu, gib zhe mir dayn piskenyu!”

TRANSLATION:
Oh Abram, I cannot live without you
I without you, and you without me
We cannot live without one another!
Remember the day when at the gate
You whispered into my ear,
“Oy vey, Rivkenyu, give me your lips!”

Oh Abram, I cannot live without you
I without you and you without me
Is like a doorknob without a door!
Remember the day when on boulevard
I was clever and you were silly?
“Rivkenyu, give me your lips!”

Oh Abram, I cannot live without you!
I without you, and you without me
We cannot live without the other
Remember my red dress?
What a pretty girl I was!
“Rivkenyu, give me your lips!”

credits

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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