Az Ikh Vel Zogn

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This folk song is based on the traditional greeting to the Sabbath bride. In the first published version of this song (Vilna, 1938) there were only verses, without the interlude nign. According to Chana Mlotek, it was American singers who added the “chiri-bim” chorus, borrowed from the song “Nisim” (Miracles) published by Judith Eisenstein in “Heritage of Jewish Music.”

lyrics

TRANSLITERATION:
Az ikh vel zogn: lekho doydi,
Zolt ir zogn: tshiri-biri-bim.
Az ikh vel zogn: likras kale,
Zolt ir zogn: tshiri-biri-bam.
Lekho doydi, tshiri-biri-bim,
Likras kale, tshiri-biri-bam,
Lekho doydi, likras kale,
Tshiri-biri-biri-biri-bam!

Refrain:
Tshiri-bim, tshiri-bam,
Tshiri-bim-bam, bim-bam, biri-bam, Tshiri-bim, tshiri-bam,
Tshiri-bim-bam, bim-bam, biri-bam. Ay, tshiri-biri, ay, tshiri-biri,
Ay, tshiri-biri, bim-bam-bam!

Az ikh vel zogn: kinder mayne,
Zolt ir zogn: tshiri-biri-bam,
Az ikh vel zogn: mazl-tov aykh ale,
Zolt ir zogn: tshiri-biri-bam.
Kinderlekh mayne, tshiri-biri-bam, Mazl-tov aykh ale, tshiri-biri-bam, Kinderlekh mayne,
mazl-tov aykh ale,
Tshiri-biri-biri-biri-bam!

TRANSLATION - ENGLISH:
When I say,
“Come, my friend”
You will reply,
“Tshiri-biri-bim.”
When I say,
“To meet the bride”
You will reply,
“Tsiri-biri-bam.”

When I say, “My children”,
You will reply,
“Tshiri-biri-bim.”
When I say,
“Mazl tov to you,”
You will reply,
“Tshiri-biri-bam.”

TRANSLATION - RUSSIAN:
Когда скажу я,
«Пойди, мой друг»
Вы ответите,
«Чири-бири-бим»
Когда скажу я,
«Навстречу невесте!»
Вы ответите,
«Чири-бири-бам.»

Когда скажу я,
«Дети мои,»
Вы ответите,
«Чири-бири-бим»
Когда скажу я,
«Поздравления вам!»
Вы ответите,
«Чири-бири-бам.»

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from Zing Along Shabes, released December 30, 2014

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Zing Along Shabes is a companion musical recording to the Zing Along Shabes project, a set of materials to help families foster traditions around celebrating Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The project was created by Inna Barmash, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch and Irina Sheynfeld. ... more

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