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1. Iz gekumen tsu forn a chazan in a kleyn shtetl davenen a shabes. Zaynen gekumen im hern di dray shenste balebatim fun shtetl: Eyner a shnayderl, der tzveyter a kovaltshikl, Un der dritter, a balegoltshikl. Ruft zich opet der shnayderl, Oy! hot er gedavnt, hot er gedavnt! Azoy vi men git Mit der nodl a shtoch Un mitn ayzn, oy, a press Oy, hot er gedavnt! 2. Ruft zich opet der kovatshikl, Oy! hot er gedavnt, hot er gedavnt! Azoy vi men git Mitn hammer, oy, a zets! Un mit di kletshes, oy, a kvetch, Oy, hot er gedavnt! 3. Ruft zich opet der balegoltshikl, Oy, hot er gedavnt, hot er gedavnt! Azoy vi men git Di leytse, oy, a tsi, Un mitn baytchl, oy, a chvotsh. Oy, hot er gedavnt!
1. Once a cantor arrived in a shtetl to chant the Shabbes service. Three prominent men of the village came to listen to him sing: One was a tailor, the second was a blacksmith, and the third was a wagon driver. The tailor spoke up: How he did sing! The way that a needle would give a quick stitch. Or the hot iron a good press! Then the blacksmith spoke up, Yes, the blacksmith spoke up, and said, "Oh, how he did sing! The way that a hammer would give a sharp blow, Or the bellows a hard squeeze, Oh, how he did sing! Then the driver spoke up, "Oh, how he did sing, how he did sing! The same way that a driver would pull on the reins, Or crack his whip hard in the air! Oh how he did sing!"
A great humorous song about men who are married to their work. Cantor Seymour Rockoff, currently in Harrisburg PA has recorded a more modern version of the song-- still in Yiddish-- featuring a radiologist, a dentist,and an 'entertainer' as the congregants.
We won't show this to anyone.
This is private too.