Ven Ikh Zol Hobn Fligelekh (If I Had Wings)

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lyrics

Ven ikh zol hobn fligelekh
Ay, volt ikh dokh tsu dir gefloygn.
Un ven ikh zol hobn keytelekh
Volt ikh zikh tsu dir getsoygn.

Oy, af yener zayt taykh, af yener zayt breg,
Oy, zaynen di tsvaygn geboygn.
Dortn, dortn shteyt mayn zis-lebn
Mit farveynte oygn.

Oy her shoyn uf tsu veynen, her shoyn uf tsu klogn,
Mit veynen vestu gornit makhn.
Efn uf mayn harts, vestu zen, vi s’iz shvarts,
Vestu visn, vi lib hob ikh dikh.

TRANSLATION
If I had wings
I would fly to you.
And if I had chains
I would pull you to me.

On that side of the river, on that side of the bank,
The boughs are bent.
There, there stands my sweetheart
With tearful eyes.

Oh stop weeping, stop wailing,
You will accomplish nothing with tears.
Open up my heart, you’ll see that it’s black,
You’ll know how much I love you.

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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