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Thread #161051   Message #3824006
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Dec-16 - 03:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Finjan: any other information?
Subject: Finjan: any other information?
I humbly confess that I submitted these lyrics in 1998, and they were included in the Digital Tradition. I was hoping more information would come up, but none did. Can anyone tell us the story behind this song? Teddi Schwartz and Arthur Kevess did a lot of translations of Hebrew and Yiddish songs in the 1950s, most notably "Dona, Dona."

FINJAN
(Hebrew: Chaim Hefer
English: Teddi Schwartz & Arthur Kevess
Music: Moshe Wilensky)

Haru-ach noshevet k'rira
Nosifa kesam lamdura
Vechach bizro-ot argaman
B'esh ye-aleh ke korban
Ha-esh me-havhevet, shira melavlevet
Sovev lo, sovev ha-finjan
Lalala....

The wind is so cool in the night
The logs on the fire are bright
And sparks all a-dancing arise
A-shining like stars in the skies
The singing is hearty and soon through the party
Around and around goes the finjan

"Finjon" "Finjan" is an Arabic name for an old type of coffee pot, held by
its long handle over an open flame. After a hard day's work, the
pioneers in Israel would often build a fire, sing, and relax and
pass around finjon finjan. It's in the Rise Up Singing songbook. JO

@Hebrew
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