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Yidl mitn fidl

Artist: Itzik Manger
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First posted by: yidlid.org

Transliteration

Iber felder, vegn, oyf a vogn hey, mit zun un vint un regn, forn klezmer tsvey. A khidesh, oy a khidesh, zogt ver zaynen zey? Yidl mitn fidl, Arye mitn bas, dos lebn iz a lidl, to vos-zshe zayn in kas? Hey, yidl, fidl, shmidl, hey, dos lebn iz a shpas! A tsig shteyt oyf der lonke un meket troy’rik: me! Hey, du tsig, du shoyte, troyerik zayn iz fe! Shoklt er dos berdl: take, take, fe! Yidl mitn fidl, Arye mitn bas, dos lebn iz a lidl, to vos-zshe zayn in kas? Hey, yidl, fidl, shmidl, hey, dos lebn iz a shpas! A foygl flit: gut-morgn, gut-morgn, a gut-yor! Der troyer un di zorgn tsu alde shvartse yor! Dem vint a lakh in ponem, un Yidl, Yidl, for! Yidl mitn fidl, Arye mitn bas, dos lebn iz a lidl, to vos-zshe zayn in kas? Hey, yidl, fidl, shmidl, hey, dos lebn iz a shpas!

Translation

Across fields, roads, Atop a wagon of hay With sun and wind and rain, Ride two musicians. A novelty, oh a novelty, Tell me who are they? Yidl with his fiddle, Aryeh with his bass, This existence is a song, Why should I be upset? Yidl, fidl, shmidl - Hey - This life is a joke. A goat stands in the meadow And bleats a sad "meh!" Hey you goat, you foolish one, Being sad is "feh"! It nods its goatee beard, "Truly, truly 'feh'!" Yidl with his fiddle, Aryeh with his bass, This existence is a song, Why should I be upset? Yidl, fidl, shmidl - Hey - This life is a joke. A bird flies by, "Good morning, Good morning -good year!" The sadness and the worries Should go away with past dark years. Laugh right in the wind's face, Yidl Yidl, and go on! Yidl with his fiddle, Aryeh with his bass, This existence is a song, Why should I be upset? Yidl, fidl, shmidl - Hey - This life is a joke.