Vos hot men tsu mir? What Have They Got Against Me? Yiddish songs 1895​-​1922 Volume 2

by Jane Peppler & Friends

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More fascinating songs from the Gaslight Era. This is a digital album only. Your download includes the 31-page liner notes with transliteration and transcription. These songs are found at my blog yiddishpennysongs.com as videos with English translations

If you'd like me to perform this music for your organization, or if you have questions, contact me at jane@mappamundi.com

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released May 9, 2016

Jane Peppler (vocals, piano, concertina, fiddle) with
Aviva Enoch (piano)
Roger Spears (piano)
Ken Bloom (guitar)
Jim Baird (bass)

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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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Track Name: Dem bekers laydn (The suffering of the bakers)
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Track Name: Di Terkishe-Bulgarishe milkhome
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Track Name: Di yesoymim (The Orphans)
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Track Name: Di yidishe hofenung (The Jewish Hope)
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Track Name: Dos mezuzele (The Little Mezuzah)
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Track Name: Dos shop meydl (The sweatshop girl)
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Track Name: Got zet ales un er shvaygt (God sees everything and is silent)
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Track Name: Ikh hob nisht keyn tsayt (I have no time for this)
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Track Name: Ikh un mayn sheyne mishpokhe (Me and my Beautiful Family)
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Track Name: Khaye Sores brif (Khaye Sore's letter)
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Track Name: Kol yisroel khaveyrim (All Jews are friends)
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Track Name: Lebn zol Kolumbus! (Long live Columbus!)
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Track Name: Mayn kales apetit (My fiancee's appetite)
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Track Name: Mayn vaybs vunder (My wife's wonder)
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Track Name: Vert a boarder! (Become a boarder!)
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Track Name: Vos hot men tsu mir? (What have they got against me?)
I'm a very beautiful girl, I'm simply splendid.
Boys go crazy when they look at me.
Old men smile, too, when they see me.
I'm always being pestered, what can you do. I ask you!

What do people have against me?
They run after me everywhere, in the shops, in the streets.
What do people have against me?
Quit looking for me, stop creeping after me, what have you got against me?

A boarder wanted us to take him into our house.
I have endless troubles, gevald, how can one stand it?
I'm sleeping in my room, I hear some walking.
I take a look: it's the boarder, he's standing by my bed!

What do people have against me?
Mister Boarder, I ask: Why??
My granny is asleep in the other room.
What do people have against me?
He wants a kiss, that's all.
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Track Name: Vu nemt men a fraynd? (Where Do You Find a Friend?)
Consider the world well, how false everyone is these days!
As soon as you're poor and have no money, you won't have a friend.
Everyone laughs when things are bad for you, nobody feels your suffering.
You won't get a friend even if you seek him with a lantern
Just because you don't have money for bread.

Oh, how false the world is today!
Your best friend is just thinking of your money.
As soon as you're rich you'll have lots of friends
Who will smile with you day and night.
They're planning to get your goods, your riches,
These days you won't find a real friend
Even if you search with a lantern.

Consider that man over there: how lonely his world is now!
He had lots of friends when he was spending his money.
Now that he's weak and old, he's lost his riches.
Everybody looks at him with cold indifference.
He doesn't have a single friend any more!