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Tumbalalaika

Artist: Folklore
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First posted by: yidlid.org

Transliteration

Shteyt a bokher, un er trakht Trakht un trakht a gantse nakht Vemen tzu nemen un nisht farshemen Vemen tzu nemen un nisht farshemen Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalayka Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalayka Tumbalalayka, shpil balalaika Tumbalalayka, freylekh zol zayn Meydl, meydl, kh'vil bay dir fregn, Vos ken vaksn, vaksn on regn? Vos ken brenen un nit oyfhern? Vos ken benken, veynen on trern? Tumbala, Tumbala... Narisher bokher, vos darfstu fregn? A shteyn ken vaksn, vaksn on regn. Libe ken brenen un nit oyfhern. A harts ken benken, veynen on trern. Tumbala, Tumbala...

Translation

A young lad stands, and he thinks Thinks and thinks a whole night Whom to take and not to shame Whom to take and not to shame Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalayka Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalayka Tumbalalayka, strum balalaika Tumbalalayka, may we be happy Girl, girl, I want to ask of you What can grow, grow without rain? What can burn and never end? What can yearn, cry without tears? Tumbala, Tumbala... Foolish lad, why do you have to ask? A stone can grow, grow without rain Love can burn and never end A heart can yearn, cry without tears Tumbala, Tumbala...