Far Vos? (Why?)

Sue Roemer

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).

Yiddish Lyrics

You can find lyrics in Yiddish, translation, and music to this song


Far vos iz dos likhtele farloshn?
Ikh hob es gehitn fun vint un fun shturem,
Gevolt est zol brenen--
Derfar iz dos likhtele farloshn.

Far vos iz dos blimele farvyanet?
Ikh hob es gehitn, tsum hartsn getulyet,
Gevolt es zol blien --
Derfahr iz dos blimele farvaynet.

Far vos iz di strune tserisn?
Ikh hob zi getsoygn alts hekher un shtarker,
Gevolt zi zol shpiln --
Derfar iz di strune tserisn.


Why did the flame go out? I
protected it from wind and storm; I
so wanted it to burn. Why did the
flower fade? I held it close to my
breast; I so wanted it to bloom.
Why did the string burst? I
stretched it tauter; I wanted the
music to soar higher and higher.

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Added November 5th, 2002