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A mentsh zolstu nor zayn (A mentsh zol men zayn) (Be a decent person)

from Opgenarte velt (Deluded World) by Jane Peppler

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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.


from Opgenarte velt (Deluded World), released May 28, 2018
Guitar: Ken Bloom
Bass: Jim Baird


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