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Thread #73982   Message #3608107
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Mar-14 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: chanson juives en Francais - Margaritkelech
Subject: RE: chanson juives en Francais - Margaritkelech
Thanks, Grishka - I got distracted and forgot to look up and add the songwriter name. Most of the well-known Yiddish songs have known songwriters, so I suppose they're not truly traditional. But hey, I like them.
I think the translation is pretty good, particularly because it's fairly singable. But you're right - it's strange that the translation talks of eyes like coal instead of hair that's black as pitch. Maybe the translation is from a different Yiddish text - you'll not that not all the verses match up, and one verse in the English doesn't correspond with the Yiddish text at all. I have another text to post later if I can get my OCR to work on it.
This is a particularly colorful song, and I really like it.