Aza mazl afn Keyser (The Czar Should Have Such Luck)

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In some dialects "Keyser" and "hayzer" rhyme. It can be German Kaiser or Russian Czar.

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People always used to complain, when you caught up with them in the street,
you asked a guy: "How's business," he'd say: "Blegh, it's lousy."
Now if you ask a businessman, "how's it going, mister?" -
Ask the butcher, the grocer, the tailor, the shoemaker -
They won't complain, they won't answer, they won't hit you,
Together, without broadcasting it, they'll say to you:

"The Kaiser should have my luck."
Ask a friend, "How's it going?",
He'll say the same thing.
"I wish my luck on the Kaiser!"

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from Ikh bin busy! (I'm busy​!​), released May 28, 2018

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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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