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A khosn on a kale

Artist: Leyb Kvitko
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First posted by: yidlid.org

Transliteration

Zaynen mir aroysgeforn Oyfn ershtn shlitn, Ale mekhutenestes, Di kale in der mitn. Oy, oy, zingen ale, Nor es shvaygt aleyn di kale Oy, oy, oy. Zaynen mir aroysgeforn Oyfn tsveytn shlitn, Ale mekhutonimlekh, Der khosn in der mitn. Oy, oy, zingen ale, Nor es shvaygt aleyn di kale Oy, oy, oy. Zaynen mir aroysgeforn Oyfn dritn shlitn, Kales tsad un khosns tsad, Di klezmer in der mitn. Oy, oy, shpiln ale, Vos zhe shvaygt aleyn di kale? Oy, oy, oy. Vi mir zaynen aroysgeforn, Flit farbay a rayter. Hot di kale oyfgeflamt, Vi a fayer shayter... Oy, oy, shvaygn ale, Nor es zingt aleyn di kale Oy, oy, oy. Shlitelekh, ir shlitelekh, Ir megt tsurik shoyn forn, Khosn-lebn, oy, khosn-lebn, Az vey tsu dayne yorn! Oy, oy, oyken ale, Zet -a khosn on a kale... Oy, oy, oy.

Translation

We went out On the first sled All the family's women The bride in the middle. Oh, oh, everyone sings Only the bride is silent Oh, oh, oh. We went out On the second sled All the family's men The groom in the middle. Oh, oh, everyone sings Only the bride is silent Oh, oh, oh. We went out On the third sled The bride's side and the groom's side The musicians in the middle. Oh, oh, they all played So why is the bride alone silent? Oh, oh, oh. As we went Flew past us a knight The bride flared up As a bonfire fire. Oh, oh, everyone's silent Only the bride sings Oh, oh, oh. Little sleds, little sleds, You may go back already. Dear bridegroom, oh, dear bridegroom, Woe is on your years! Oh, everyone moans See: a groom without a bride Oh, oh, oh...