Shlof Mayn Kind (Sleep, My Child)

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lyrics

Shlof mayn kind, mayn treyst, mayn sheyner
Shlof zhe, lyu lyu lyu
Shlof mayn lebn, mayn kaddish eyner
Shlof zhe, zunenyu

Bay dayn vigl zitst dayn mame,
Zingt a lid un veynt.
Vest a mol farshteyn mistame
Vos zi hot gemeynt

In Amerike iz der tate
Dayner, zunenyu;
Du bist nokh a kind lesate,
Shlof zhe, shlof, lyu-lyu.

Dos Amerike iz far yedn zogt men, gor a glik.
Un far yidn a gan yedn, epes an antic.

Dort est men in der vokhn khale zunenyu.
Yaykhelekh vet ikh dir kohn,
Shlof zhe, shlof, lyu-lyu

Er vet shikn tsvantik doler zayn portret dertsu.
Un vet nemen, lebn zol er,
Undz ahintsutsu

Shlof mayn kind…

Biz es kumt dos gute kvitl
Shlof zhe, zunenyu.
Shlofn iz a tayer mitl,
Shlof zhe, shlof, lyu-lyu. Sleep, my child, sweet comfort mine.
Sleep, my life, sole kaddish mine,
Sleep my little darling.


By your cradle sits your mama,
Sings a song and weeps.
You’ll understand some day perhaps
What is on her mind

Your father is in America,
My son;
And you are still a child,
So sleep, sleep, lullaby.

That America is for everyone pure luck, they say.
And for Jews it is a paradise, a pure wonder.

There challah is eaten, even on weekdays.
When we get there, I will cook broths for you.
Sleep, sleep, lullaby.

Your father will send us twenty dollars
and his photograph, too.
He will bring us there, may he live long.

Sleep my child…

Until we get the happy letter,
Sleep, my darling one.
Sleeping is a big deal,
Sleep, sleep, lullaby.

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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