Oy Vey iz tsi Veynen! (Oy, How I Weep​!​)

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lyrics

Translation from Ruth Rubin's “Jewish Life in the Old Country”


Just as it is not good to wear
a shirt for seven weeks,
So it is not good
To be a stranger away from home.

I sit down,
Alas, to my sewing,
My heart is parched,
I wish for a glass of tea.

Oy, it is to weep,
It is to weep over my your life.
That I had to
Go away from home.

And my “baleboste”
Must think me a fool,
For when I ask for a cup of tea,
She adds water to the samovar.

My “baleboste” feeds me,
And says: eat and remember!
Then she tells all the neighbors
That I eat like “after a sickness.”

My mother feeds me
and says: “Eat my dear child.”
And in her heart she thinks:
“May you be the stronger for it!”

Perhaps you think
That my “balabos” is better,
When I ask him fro some pay,
He stabs a knife into my heart!

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from Tick Tock, released February 15, 2011

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