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Mener, mener

by Mappamundi

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Written by Oscar Solomonescu for Pepi Littman. For more information see yiddishpennysongs.com


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.

If a man insults me, let him not deceive himself,
I'll shame him with some fine blows.
Maybe he'll want to embarrass me by telling everybody,
I'll give him "gifts"! He'll remember me for a year!
What good is a fine family background to you, the devil take it?
Remember, you'll have misery ...with those elegant weak girls, even if they're rich
They're useless.

My fiance is, I swear, no fool. They tried to make him lots of matches.
But he doesn't want them because he only wants a fat bride.
But I please him! He burns for me!
He wants us to get married because I have fat arms.
What good is some problem woman to him? He wants an efficient woman...
Who can bring him happiness
He says she has to be strong, with a red neck and thick thighs.


released February 24, 2017
Jane Peppler


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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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