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Lyr Req: Borsht (Yiddish, from Brave Old World)

GUEST,Daniel 08 Oct 09 - 04:33 PM
GUEST,Gerry 08 Oct 09 - 08:23 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Oct 09 - 08:42 PM
GUEST,Gerry 09 Oct 09 - 07:31 AM
GUEST,Daniel 09 Oct 09 - 01:28 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Borsht by BOW
From: GUEST,Daniel
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 04:33 PM

Hi,
there is a song on Brave Old Worlds album "Beyond the Pale" called "Borsht". Could anyone help me out with the lyrics?
Thanx,
Daniel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Borsht by BOW
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 08:23 PM

If the lyrics are in the liner notes, I can get them for you, but you might have to wait a few days. By the way, it's also on the album by Mikveh. And I heard a superb unaccompanied solo rendition by a woman in a documentary film once, but I regret that I don't remember any details.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Borsht by BOW
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 08:42 PM

I listened to a sound sample and it seems to be in Yiddish. Sorry, I don't know any Yiddish, so I can't help you with that.

Would you settle for a song in English, featuring a Ukrainian recipe? See B-O-R-S-C-H-T by Peter Ostroushko.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BORSHT (Yiddish, from Mikveh)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 07:31 AM

Here are the lyrics from the liner notes of the Mikveh CD. Probably mostly the same as Brave Old World, since Mikveh got it from Michael Alpert.

Khob nokh aza borsht nit gegesn
Khob nokh aza tam nisht gefilt
Ikh ken on dir mayn lebn nit fargesn
Vayl ikh hob dikh lib

Ikh bin mir a bolter a geboyrene
Un dos gontse shtetl ken zikh in mir
Derekh dir bin ikh gevorn a farloyrene
Vayl ikh hob dikh lib

Un tomer geyt dir dushenyu in nodn
Vet mayn mame farkoyfn di shtib
Un ikh vel dir dem nodn tseyln
Vayl ikh hob dikh lib

Un tomer geyt dir in yikhes
Mayn zeyde is geveyzn a rov
Lomir beyde khasene hobn
Vayl ikh bin shoyn alt in gro

Boy, my spelling-checker is going crazy! They give an English translation:

I never ate borsht like this before
I never held such a taste in my mouth
I can't forget you
Because I'm so in love with you

I was born in Balta
My whole town there knew me
But my identity's been erased
Because I'm so in love with you

You want to know about my dowry?
My mother will sell the house
And you can count the money yourself
Because I'm so in love with you

You want to know about my lineage?
My grandfather was a rabbi
Let's get married already
I'm getting old and gray


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Borsht by BOW
From: GUEST,Daniel
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 01:28 PM

WOW, thanks Gerry! this is exactly what I needed, I acutally did have some lyrics, bad the transcription was so bad, many words didn't make any sense to me. This is the good old American Yiddish transcription and to have the translation right with it is even better. Thanks again.


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