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Lyr Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yiddish

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Áine 04 Dec 99 - 09:22 PM
harpgirl 05 Dec 99 - 11:51 PM
Genie 10 Dec 01 - 09:44 PM
Áine 10 Dec 01 - 09:57 PM
MMario 11 Dec 01 - 09:34 AM
Genie 12 Dec 01 - 09:07 AM
GUEST,abraham diner 03 Oct 04 - 10:53 AM
Cool Beans 03 Oct 04 - 06:02 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: DER ALTER TZIGAYNER / WHITE CHRISTMAS
From: Áine
Date: 04 Dec 99 - 09:22 PM

This is a song that is on Mandy Patinkin's CD 'Mamaloshen' (Mother Tongue). It is very beautiful and I thought very appropos to the Chanukah and Christmas seasons. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! -- Áine

Der Alter Tzigayner/White Christmas
By: Abraham Ellstein and Jacob Jacobs/Irving Berlin

Dort oyf a bergele
Unter dem frayen himl,
Vayt fun dem rashikn shtot's geriml,
Shteyt zikh a khatkele aleyn oyf an ort
An alter tsigayner voynt dort.
Dort hern ziky tener zeyer zise
Vos veynen in minor
Ven oyf zayn fidl fargeyt zikh der alter tsigayner
Mit zayn gantsn fayer un bren
Nor via tsigayner ken.

A tsigayner melody iz azoy sheyn
Hert ir es, fargest ir es nit, neyn
Vayl zi is varem, hartsik, ful mit kheyn
A modne kraft,
Zi git aykh libe un oykh lebnshaft
Hert ir es nor eyn mol
Git es keyn ru
S'farkisheft aykh di melody

Ven ir hert es,
Dakht zikh aykh s'iz prost, naiv
Un ir hot dan gornit kayn bagrif
Vi es rirt on di neshome tif.
Fun yede tsayt,
Zi filt aykh on mit lust un freylekhkayt,
Un haltn vilt ir eybik ot a di
Di klangen fun der melody:

'Ikh khulem fun a vaysn nitl
Nor aza nitl ikh farshtey
Vu di beymer glantsn
B'eys kinder tantsn
Un hern gleklekh in dem shney
Ikh khulem fun a vaysn nitl
Ikh benk nokh yene vinter teg
Zayt gebentsht un gliklekh un fayn
Zoln ayere nitl teg vays zayn'

Ven der tsigayner shpilt tsu zayn lidl
In hartsn git a bri
Fun zayn fidl der klang
Dervekt dayn neshome's farlang
Dayn blut es kokht un es zit
Zayn fidl dem boygn er tsit
Nemt in di himlen shvebn
Es glust zikh nor tsum lebn
Dos lebn vert dan azoy git

Ven der tsigayner shpilt tsu zayn lidl
In hartsn git a bri
Fun zayn fidl der klang
Dervekt dayn neshome's farlang
Dayn blut es kokht un es zit
Zayn fidl dem boygn er tsit
Nemt in di himlen shvebn
Es glust zikh nor tsum lebn
Dos lebn vert dan azoy git
Dos iz dem alter tsigayner's lid.

The Old Gypsy/White Christmas

There on a little hill
under the free sky,
far from the noisy city confusion,
stands there a cat alone on one spot--
an old gypsy lives there.
Very sweet tones are heard there
that cry in a minor key
when the old gypsy plays on his fiddle
with his soul on fire
only as a gypsy can.

A gypsy melody is so beautiful
that once you hear it, you will never forget it
because it is warm, soulful, full of charm.
A strange craft,
it gives you love and also a lust for life.
Hear it but once
and it gives no rest,
you're spellbound by the melody.

When you hear it,
you might think it's pedestrian, naive,
and you then have no idea
how deeply it touches the soul.
Each time
it fills you with lust and joyousness,
and you want to hold on forever
to the sounds of the melody:

'I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know,
where the treetops glisten
and children listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow.
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
with ev'ry Christmas card I write:
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.'

When the gypsy plays his song,
in your heart you feel a fire.
The sounds from his fiddle
awaken the yearnings of your soul.
Your blood cooks and boils.
He draws his fiddle's bow,
and the skies begin to move.
Your passion is to live-
life becomes so good.

When the gypsy plays his song,
in your heart you feel a fire.
The sounds from his fiddle
awaken the yearnings of your soul.
Your blood cooks and boils.
He draws his fiddle's bow,
and the skies begin to move.
Your passion is to live-
life becomes so good.
That is the old gypsy's song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yid
From: harpgirl
Date: 05 Dec 99 - 11:51 PM

...what kind of time might one play "The Old Gypsy" in?

salud...harpgirl


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yid
From: Genie
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:44 PM

Áine, Is this sung to the tune of "White Christmas?" I'm having a lot of trouble fitting the words to that tune. Can you help (e.g., put "/" in to separate measures or maybe post the "White Christmas" lyrics with the Yiddish words that correspond to them above or below each line? I'd love to add this to my Chanukah program.

Thanks,
Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yid
From: Áine
Date: 10 Dec 01 - 09:57 PM

Genie -- I can do better than that. Send me a PM with your email addy and I'll send you a MP3 of the song, how 'bout that?

-- Áine


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Subject: RE: Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yiddish
From: MMario
Date: 11 Dec 01 - 09:34 AM

me too! me too! please? you should have my address - but I'll pm you again.


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Subject: RE: Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yiddish
From: Genie
Date: 12 Dec 01 - 09:07 AM

Great, Áine! You can email me at geniesings@hotmail.com. (I'll send you a PM, too.)


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Subject: RE: Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yiddish
From: GUEST,abraham diner
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 10:53 AM

Mandy patinkim came out with a yiddish CD called
Mameloshen and he sings WHITE Xmas in yiddish.
After all it was written by yiddish maven IRVING
BERLIN.


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Subject: RE: Add: The Old Gypsy/White Christmas in Yiddish
From: Cool Beans
Date: 03 Oct 04 - 06:02 PM

In her most excellent book "Gut Yuntif, Gut Yohr" ("Happy holiday, Happy year") Marie Jaffe translates songs and poems into Yiddish, among them "Home on the Range," "On Top of Old Smoky," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (Twas the night before Christmas). I recorded "Home on the Range" in Yiddish on my CD.


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