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lyrics

Shteyt zikh dort in gesele, shtil fartrakht a hayzele.
Drinen oyfn boydem-shtibl voynt mayn tayer Reyzele
Yedn ovnt farn hayzl drey ikh zikh arum
Kh'gib a fayf un ruf oys: "Reyzl, kum, kum, kum!"

Gey ikh mir a freylekher, zing un knak mir niselekh,
Her ikh oyf di treplekh shpringen ire drobne fiselekh.
Shoyn arop fun letztn trepl, kh'nem zi lib arum,
Kh'gib ir shtil a kush in kepl - kum kum kum!

Kh'vel dir zogn, Dovidl, zolst aroyf nit fayfn mer.
-- Her, er fayft shoyn -- zogt di mame
Zi iz frum; s'fardrist zi zer.
Fayfn, zogt zi, iz nit yidish; past es bloyz far zey.
Gib a tseykhn prost oyf yidish, eyns, tsvey, dray!

Kh'vel aroyf nit fayfn mer; deroyf gib ikh a shvuele.
dir tsulib vel ikh afile vern frum, mayn tsnuele
Vel ikh vern frum, mayn Reyzl, vi di mame frum,
Yedn Shabes geyn in klayzl. Kum kum kum!

Gey ikh mir a freylekher, zing un knak mir niselekh,
Her ikh, af di treplekh loyfn ire drobne fiselekh.
Vider shteyt fartrakht dos gesl, s'hayzl vider shtum.
Kum tsu mir in kholem, Reyzl, kum, kum, kum!

TRANSLATION:
Standing on the street, a house, tranquil and contemplative
Inside in the attic apartment, lives my darling Reyzele.
Every evening in front of the house I hang around about,
I whistle up and call out “Reyzl, come, come, come!”

So I walk around happy, singing and cracking nuts,
Hearing springing down the stairway her sweet little feet.
Barely off the last step, I take her sweetly in my arms,
I kiss her softly on her sweet head – come, come, come!

Now let me tell you David dear, don’t you whistle anymore!
“Listen to him whistle,” says my mama,
She’s religious, it bothers her so.
Whistling, she says, isn’t Jewish, that’s something for them.
Give me a signal just in Yiddish – one, two, three.

I won’t be whistling up no more, to that I make a little oath!
For your sake I will even be pious my devout dear.
I’ll be pious, my Reyzl, like your mom,
Going to the synagogue every Sabbath, come, come, come!

So I walk around happy, singing and cracking nuts,
Hearing springing down the stairway her sweet little feet.
Again the street is contemplative, the house is still once more.
Come to me in my dream, Reyzl, come, come, come!

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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