Songs for Peysakh

Commentary by Itzik Gottesman

As Passover comes to a close with “di tsveyte teg yontif” (the second days of the holidays), we acknowledge the website YouTube as a wonderful resource for Yiddish folksongs by posting three Yiddish Passover songs that were sent to us.  Yiddish dance teacher and researcher Steve Weintraub sent us the links to the first two and a person who wishes to remain nameless sent us the third one.
#1 is a Yiddish version of Khad gadyo which is unknown to me; any help identifying it would be helpful; it sounds like a relatively recent composition.The second song rhyming meydlekh and kneydlekh is a version of “Yontif peysekh…” or “Akh vi voyl, un akh vi gut“…and is in Michael Alpert’s repertoire. The song usually discusses all the holidays; a verse on Passover is already found in the Ginzburg/Marek collection of 1901, “Yiddish Folksongs in Russia”, St. Petersburg  Song #33.   In song #39, of the same volume, there appears Uncle Sidney’s stanza.
#2 Baba’s song is a version of “Pey Luhem” that we previously posted on the Yiddish Song of the Week. Since the Hallel prayer appears in the Haggadah and is the basis for the song, it is clear why this song is also considered a Passover song, while others sing it at Simkhes toyre to poke fun at the “other gods.”
#3 is Betty’s Yiddish Khad gadyo song – “Eyn tshigele” (Litvish Yiddish pronunciation of “tsigele” = one kid”) is a new one to me, but it’s interesting that the refrain is in Yiddish and does not repeat the Aramaic “Khad gadyo” as one usually hears.

4 Responses to “Songs for Peysakh”

  1. Nadia Déhan Says:

    kh’meyn az di verter zaynn zyer enlekh tsi vos me gefint in Lider bukh – Frayhayṭ Gezangs Fareyn (Chicago, Ill.) zay 54, vos ir vet gefinen do : http://archive.org/details/nybc212037
    a dank far ayer oyftu legabe yidishe lider.
    Nadia

  2. Itzik Gottesman Says:

    Yo! Sh’koyekh! zaytn 54-55…..a dank.
    A printed version of song #1 is found in the book mentioned by Nadia, pages 54-55.

  3. […] we had presented in a previous Yiddish Song of the Week post, here is a video of “Uncle Sidney” singing part of the same […]

  4. […] we had presented in a previous Yiddish Song of the Week post, here is a video of “Uncle Sidney” singing part of the same […]

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