Opgenarte velt (Deluded World)

by Jane Peppler

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First verse: Who doesn't know the whole world's custom: Always to give your hand, because it doesn't cost a cent Right away people are ready to wish you a safe journey And when you return, this is what you'll hear: Give it here, don't be a chump. Give it here, it doesn't cost anything. Everywhere, on all paths, folks are ready to give you a hand. "Greetings, brothers, put 'er there." (second time: put out your paw)
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All together, in a pretty house We'll be happy together, We'll comport ourselves comfortably. All as one, in a pretty house We'll be comfortable, we'll all be happy From downtown, uptown! Where only the rich live. From downtown, uptown! We'll behave like the wealthy. From downtown, uptown! We'll move there. Our homies will envy us, yes, yes!
3.
First verse: I'm not one of those very rich girls. I don't have any pretty dresses, I don't care about them I can give a couple of punches, you'd be amazed I swear on my life, I'm happiness for a man Well, what good is a thin, elegant girl with a lot of earnings? Whatever happens, you're going to have to run take her straight to the doctor Oy vey, men, oy vey, don't you go believing That because she's pretty, you'll be happy. Beauty? Forget about it. Because I know, clearly: You'll be miserable if she's not healthy.
4.
First verse: When a merchant swears to you up and down That he's selling below cost and everything is a great bargain Where is he making his money? He'll tell you: "God helps from above, and down here, I do it all himself." Oy, the deluded world. Nothing but lies, upside down and sideways. People are posers these days, just as it's written in Scripture
5.
First verse: You think, when you're rich, that you're Master of the Universe You think nobody's your equal, that nothing but money matters. You think as soon as you're rich, folks owe you lots of respect. The arrogant fool doesn't understand: money is round, it rolls away. Today I have it, tomorrow you have it, later, other people have it. You mustn't be proud that you have money, it's easy to lose it. Then you'll suddenly feel the bitterness of being a pauper. If you want to earn a good name that will endure after your death Don't brag about your fancy forefathers, just be a good person.
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First two verses: Homeowners who sit in their houses Drinking wine from their vessels All of them yell to you: "A drink of whiskey is wanted!" Homeowners who live in their own houses Drink all the whiskey, whole breweries full All of them yell in one voice: "A drink of whiskey is really great!"
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First verse: Rejoice, kids, a new era is coming. Listen, it's a wonder: things are gonna be ok. You don't need to worry, don't go around in a tizzy. Tomorrow's coming soon! You'll get what you want. What you talk about, what an eye can see, It'll be free for everybody if you just ask. I myself will give it to you, I swear to you here and now If I can just survive till then with my health intact! A hundred years from now, a hundred years from now We'll be able to have a high old time without even a penny, oy! I'd have quite the bone to pick with my mother now: Who told her she should have me so many years too early? A hundred years from now ... it wouldn't have been bad at all If she'd had me a hundred years from now.
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It starts: I have a lot of jobs, I'm running around everywhere I get so addled I don't know what to do Well, and so what? A person obviously makes a mistake once in a while. So, I was the "Reverend" presiding at a wedding I forgot what I was doing and made the blessing for circumcision Well, so? So sometimes a person makes makes a mistake!
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First verse: What I wanted, I succeeded in, let me go on that way. I wanted good luck and God gave it to me. Sisters, listen: Stay free, dance like the gypsies Because worry and bother, they help like a bandaid on a corpse
10.
First verse: Because of money everybody will love you Because of money people ask your advice Because of money you always are respected Because of money people tip their hats to you Because of money you're dear to everyone Because of money everybody loves you For money you'll run into fire And for money, you'll run even into the grave Everything for money, only money, the little bit of cash... Everything for money, it's only money that'll get you everything. I swear to you, there's nothing to it, if you have money and you're rich Yikes, the whole world loves the little bit of money.
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First verse: My first boarder, Rosen, was a blowhard. For three dollars, tea and coffee, I washed his clothes and on top of that: He broke the spring in my sofa. He was a big eater, for him no ? nothing kosher. He used to sneak into the booze... He wanted me to make him kremslekh and kreplekh. He had a hankering for everything. Listen, women, get this in your heads, take advice from me. If you want to live well and peacefully Don't let any boarders into your house.
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First verse: The pale pestilence lives deeply buried in the lungs The bacilli, the microbes build their nest They gobble us up, body and soul, and multiply a lot And we must ourselves dwindle/fade away before our time And we feel how we're expiring quietly and slowly, and the suffering and crying are terribly great. And the dark thoughts increase the pain. For years the Angel of Death lies deep in our hearts. Macrobes, bacilli, what do you want? Whose mission are you carrying out? You gobble the victims mercilessly, you aim only at blooming lives You bathe yourselves in the tears of those who weep, you suck the marrow from the bones You poison the entrails, you crawling worms. Microbes, bacilli, what do you want?

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Yiddish theater songs from the turn of the twentieth century

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released May 28, 2018

Jane Peppler: vocals, fiddle, concertina, keyboard
The good keyboard parts played by Aviva Enoch and Roger Lynn Spears
Guitar: Ken Bloom
Bass: Jim Baird

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Mappamundi Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Folk music band plays "More-or-less traditional music of the Northern Hemisphere and the Previous Millennium." Vocals, lots of instruments, specializing in Eastern European music (Balkan, Slavic, Russian, Polish); Jewish music in Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino; Celtic, British Isles and early American / Colonial music. And swing. ... more

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