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Another grouchy song by Morris Rund set to the lovely tune "Ven men ruft dikh tsurik."


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!



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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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