Zint Ikh Bin Tsu Mayn Seykhl Gekumen (Ever Since I Remember)

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lyrics

Zint ikh bin tsu mayn seykhl gekumen
Oy, azoy bin ikh fun der libe farbrent
In mayn hartsn, oy, brent a hellish fayer
Rateven kon mikh keyner nit.

Dayne tsvey shvartsinke eygelekh
Mit dayn kepele shvartse hor…
Vi a magnet hostu mikh tsugetsoygn
Yetst kirtstu mir mayne yor.

Vu zhe nemt men a dokter a gutn
Er zol mir gen a refue tsu mayn harts
Er zol mir gebn a retsept, oy vey, a gutn
Er zol zayn tsu maynem shmarts

M’hot mir geredt kales mit nadn
Un mit kleyder, un mit a sakh gelt.
Vi a magnet hostu mikh tsugetsoygn,
Yetst gey ikh durkh dir fun der velt


TRANSLATION:
As long as I can remember
Oh, I’ve been burned by love
An infernal fire burns in my heart
No one can save me.

Your two black eyes
And your head of black hair…
You attracted me like a magnet
Now you shorten my years.

Where can one find a good doctor
Who can give me a cure for my heart
He should give me a prescription, oh well, a good one
He should take care of my pain

They’ve proposed fiancés with dowries
And with clothes, and a lot of money.
You attracted me like a magnet
Now through you I will leave this world

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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