The Thread | די פאָדעם

by Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

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Zaynen mir aroysgeforn afn ershtn shlitn, Ale mekhutenestes, di kale in der mitn. Oy, oy zingen ale, Nor es shvaygt aleyn di kale. Zaynen mir aroysgeforn afn tsveytn shlitn, Ale mekhutonimlekh, der khosn in der mitn. Oy, oy, zingen ale, Nor es shvaygt aleyn di kale. Zaynen mir aroysgeforn afn dritn shlitn, Kales tsad un khosns tsad, Di klezmer in der mitn. Oy, oy, shpiln ale, Nor es shvaygt aleyn di kale. Vi mir zaynen aroysgeforn, flit farbay a rayter, Hot di kale oyfgeflamt vi a fayershayter. Oy, oy, shvaygn ale, Nor es zingt aleyn di kale. Shlitelekh, ir shlitelekh, Ir megt tsurik shoyn forn. Khosn-lebn, oy khosn-lebn, Az vey tsu dayne yorn. Oy, oy, oyken ale, zet -- A khosn on a kale. --- In the first sleigh rode all the women, With the bride in the middle. Oy, oy, everyone sings! Only the bride is silent. In the second sleigh rode all the men, With the groom in the middle. Oy, oy, everyone sings! Only the bride is silent. In the third sleigh rode The bride’s and groom’s families, With the musicians in the middle. Oy, oy, everyone plays music! Only the bride is silent. Then a nobleman flew by on a horse, The bride lit up brighter than a bonfire. Oy, oy, everyone is silent! Only the bride sings. Little sleigh, little sleigh, Turn back, return. Poor groom, poor groom, Woe upon your years. Oy, oy, everyone cries -- The groom has no bride.
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Fisher Lid 05:08
Fort a fisher afn yam, Er fort aroys baginen. S’hoft der fisher minastam, Fishelekh gefinen. Murmlen khvalyes shtil far zikh, Der yam iz a batribter. Tsi iz der yam azoy vi ikh, Oykhet a farlibter? Gey ikh mir baym breg ot do, Un tu mayn kholem shpinen. Efsher vel ikh ergets vu, Mayn libstn nokh gefinen. Kumt der fisher troyerik, Er hot keyn fish gefangen. Un ikh bin more-shkhoyredik: A kholem iz fargangen. --- A fisherman sails forth On the sea at dawn And hopes To catch a fish. The waves murmur softly, The sea is sad. Is the sea, perhaps, like me, Also in love? I walk along the shore, And spin my dream. Perhaps somewhere I will find my love. The fisherman returns, He didn't catch any fish. And I am too melancholy: My dream is forgotten.
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Shem Tov 03:25
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Sheyn vi di levone, Likhtik vi di shtern, Fun himl a matone Bistu mir tsugeshikt. Mayn glik hob ikh gevinen, Ven ikh hob dikh gefinen, Du shaynst vi toyznt zinen, Hostu mayn harts baglikt. Dayne tseyndelekh, Vays vi perelekh, Mit dayne sheyne oygn, Dayne kheyndelekh, Dayne herelekh -- Host mikh tsugetsoygn. Sheyn vi der frimorgn, Kishef vi der ovnt, Der zunengold iz farborgn, Ven du bist nit bay mir. Dayn kheyn hot mikh gehoybn, Ven ikh hob dikh getrofn, Oyb du vest in mir gloybn, Vet dos lebn zayn a shir. --- Beautiful as the moon, Radiant as the stars, Heaven sent you As a gift to me. I won good fortune, When I found you, You shine like a thousand suns, You have made my heart happy. Your little teeth, Like little pearls, With your beautiful eyes, Your charms, Your hair -- Have drawn me in to you. Beautiful as the dawn, Enchanting as the evening, The sunshine is hidden, When you are not with me. Your grace lifted me up, When I found you, If I had all your faith, Life would be a song.
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Dremlen feygl, dremlen oyf di tsvaygn, Shlof, mayn tayer. Bay dayn vigl, vel ikh dikh vign. Makh-zhe dayne eygelekh tsu, Vel ikh dir zingen a sheynem nign in dayn ru. Vel ikh dikh vign un dir zingen: lyu, lyu, lyu. S’iz dayn vigl vu s’iz geshtanen Oysgeflokhtn fun glik. Un dayn mame, vest amol farshteyn mistame, Kumt shoyn keynmol nit tsurik. Shlof, mayn kind, Shlof, vel ikh dikh vign. Shlof, mayn tayer, Vel ikh dir zingen a sheynem nign. Shlof, mayn tayer kind, in dayn ru. Makh-zhe dayne eygelekh tsu. Vel ikh dikh vign [un] dir zingen: lyu, lyu, lyu.   Kh’hob gezen dayn tatn loyfn Unter hogl fun shteyn, Iber felder iz gefloygn Zayn faryosemter geveyn. --- Birds sleep in the branches. Close your eyes and sleep, my dear, as I rock your cradle. I will sing you a melody. You were once rocked happily by your mother, but she will never return. Close your eyes and sleep, my dear, as I rock your cradle. I will sing you a melody. I saw your father running under a hail of stones. Over the fields, I heard his orphaned cry.
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Nit zukh mikh vu di mirtn grinen, Gefinst mikh dortn nit, mayn shats. Vu lebns velkn bay mashinen -- Dortn iz mayn rue plats. Nit zukh mikh vu di feygl zingen, Gefinst mikh dortn nit, mayn shats. A shklaf bin ikh, vu keytn klingen -- Dortn iz mayn rue plats. Nit zukh mikh vu fontanen shpritsn, Gefinst mikh dortn nit, mayn shats. Vu trern rinen, tseyner kritsn-- Dortn iz mayn rue plats. Un libstu mikh mit varer libe, To kum tsu mir, mayn guter shats. Un hayter oyf mayn harts, dos tribe, Un makh mir zis mayn rue plats. --- Don't look for me where myrtles grow, You will not find me there, my love. Where lives wither at machines -- That is my resting place. Don't look for me where birds sing, You will not find me there, my love. I am a slave, and where chains ring -- That is my resting place. Not where fountains splash, You will not find me there, my love. But where tears flow and teeth gnash -- That is my resting place. And if you love me truly, Come lighten my heart and sweeten my resting place.
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Suite 1973 04:10
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Dance 03:15
The seven blessings done, the smash and kiss and run, With all the pomp and circumstance of two becoming one. For months they laid the plans, but now the work’s complete. It’s time to give their heads a break and get them on their feet! And you shall dance, dance, dance for the KhosnKale’s joy, And paint for them a vision that time cannot destroy. And you shall dance, dance, dance for the KhosnKale’s day, Dance this moment to eternity before it slips away. Now the dancers fly, a snaking line goes by, With neighbor, brother, sister, stranger passing eye to eye. And every glance they pass creates another tie, They weave a living web that lifts the lovers toward the sky. The time is moving fast, so step to make it last, And step away the demons of their future and their past, And step while memory’s fresh before it’s set in stone, And step to let them know that they will take no step alone.

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released October 19, 2019

Abigale Reisman - Violin, Harmony Vocals
Jonathan Cannon - Violin
Kirsten Lamb - Double Bass, Lead Vocals
Nathaniel Seelen - Clarinet
Pete Fanelli - Trombone

Produced by Michael Winograd. Recorded by Jeremy Sarna at New England Conservatory. Mixed by Don Godwin at Tonal Park. Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova. Art and layout by Murphy Chang.

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Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and joyfully contagious energy to an engaging contemporary perspective on traditional Jewish music.

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