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Joe Offer Lyr Req/Add: Yiddish songs (55* d) ADDE Version: Rumania, Rumania 22 Jul 08


This page (click) has a transcription and translation by Fred Jacobowitz of the Machaya Klezmer Band in the Washington DC/Baltimore area.
Another source said that Lebedeff recorded the song in the 1940's.


Rumania, Rumania
(Aaron Lebedeff)
Ekh, Rumania, Rumania,...(6x)
Geven amol a land a zise a sheyne.

Ekh, Rumania, Rumania...(6x)
Geven amol a land a zise a fayne.

Dort tzu voynen is a fargenign.
Vos dos hartz glust dir, dos kenstu krign.
A mammeligele, a pastramele,
a karnatsele, un a glezele vayn, aha!

(FASTER)
In Rumania iz dokh git,
Funken dayges veyst men nit;
Vayn trinkt men iberal,
me farbayst mit kashtaval.

(chorus)
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi digi dam;
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi dam.

In Rumania iz dokh git,
Funken zorgn veyst men nit;
Vayn trinkt men iberal,
me farbayst a kastravet.

(chorus)
Hay, digi digi dam,....etc.

(FASTER)
Oy vey g'vald, ikh ver meshige,
'kh lib nor brinze, mamelige,
'kh tantz un frey zikh biz der stelye,
ven ikh es a patlozhele.

Dzing-ma, tay tidl di dam, (4x)

Ay, s'iz a mekhaye, besser ken nit zayn,
ay, a fargenign iz Rumenish vayn.

Di Rumener trinken vayn un esn mamalige.
Ver es kusht zayb eygn vayb, o yenner iz meshuge.

Dzing-ma, tay tidl di dam, (4x)

Ay, s'iz a mekhaye,....etc.

(FASTER)
Yokum purkon min shemaye,
shteyt un kusht di kekhne, Khaye,
ongeton in alte shkrabes,
makht a kugl l'koved Shabbes

Zetz, tay tdl di da, (4x)

Ay, s'iz a mekhaye,..... etc.

Zis es iz tzu kush a moid,
ven zi iz nokh zekhtzn.
Ober, ven du kisht an alte moid,
heybt zi on tzu krekhtzn!

Zetz, tay tdl di da, (4x)

Ay, s'iz a mekhaye,..... etc.
Oh, Romania....
It was a sweet, beautiful land

Oh, Romania...
It was a sweet, fine land

To live there is a joy.
What your heart desires, you can have.
A mammelige (cornmeal porridge), a pastrami,
a spiced meatball, and a glass of wine, aha!

In Romania it's good,
Noone has any --??-- ;
People drink wine everywhere,
Dessert is roasted chestnuts.


(chorus)
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi digi dam;
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi dam.

In Romania it's good,
Noone has any worries;
People dring wine everywhere,
Dessert is --??--.


(chorus)
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi digi dam;
Hay, digi digi dam, digi digi dam.

Oy, vey, catastrophe, I'm going nuts,
I only like --??--, mamaligas,
I dance and cavort until dawn,
when I eat an eggplant.

Ah, it is a pleasure, it can't be better than this.
ah, what a joy Romanian wine is.



The Romanians drink wine and eat mameligas.
He who kisses his own wife is crazy.


Yokum the bashful tinker
stands and kisses the cook, Khaya,
from old scrapings, she makes a Sabbath pudding. [inspired by this]



sweet to kiss a girl
when she is just sixteen.
But when you kiss an old woman
she starts to moan (complain).





On Sat, 13 Apr 1996, Cantor Neil Schwartz wrote:

> > Oh Romania, Romania, Romania Romania.....
> >
> > Im looking for the YIDDISH words for this song..
> >
> > Email me? -- Nu?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Jonathan
> >
> > \\__o<
>
> You need to obtain a wonderful book called "Great Songs of the Yiddish
> Theater"
> ed. by Norman Warembud in 1975 for the Quadrangle / New York Times Book Co.
>
> "Rumania, Rumania" by Aaron Lebedeff is found on pp. 175-181, in the original
> arrangement (but modern typography).
>
> This valuable book is available thru Tara Publications   1-800-TARA-400
> http://www.jewishmusic.com/tara/
>
> --
> Cantor Neil Schwartz

There's a video with a good recording of this song here (click).


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