Ikh ken shoyn nit mithaltn (I Can't Keep Up)

from by Jane Peppler

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I wrote this song and entered it in the Mexico City "Der Yidisher Idol" competition in 1915 and I won Grand Prize! It's autobiographical.

lyrics

FIrst verse:
I live quietly in the woods, far from modern noise
I don't like commotion and I don't guzzle booze.
I don't understand our era, it assails my spirit.
I'm losing my mind because the world is too harsh.
Weaklings like me, they can put us in institutions.
I can't get with the program! I can't keep up!

credits

from Ikh bin busy! (I'm busy​!​), released May 28, 2018
Keyboard: Roger Lynn Spears

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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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