Der Yid Der Shmid

Song of the Jewish Blacksmith
דער ייִד דער שמיד

Words by Wolf Younin (1908-1984); music by Vladimir Heifetz (1893-1970). Published in sheet music by Metro Music Co., N.Y., 1952. An adaptation for children appears in Yosl Mlotek’s textbook Yidishe kinder-alef (Jewish Children-A), N.Y., 1971.

Illustration of musical notes from the books


Let us create our own song — one, two, three — about a Jewish blacksmith in his smithy.

The Jewish blacksmith works and sings a Yiddish song.

The song resounds in the street — resounds from street and house to house.

Lomir, lomir, lomir, lomir,
Makhn an eygn lid.
Eyns-tsvey-dray, eyns-tsvey-dray,
Eysn-tsvey, eyns-tsvey, eyns-tsvey-dray.
Vegn, vegn, vegn
A yidn, a yid — a shmid,
In zayn shmid, in zayn shmid —
In zayn shmider, shmideray.
Ray-ray-ray. . .
In zayn shmider, shmideray.

Shmidt der yid, der yid, der yid, der yid
Der yid — der shmid,
Eyns-tsvey-dray, eyns-tsvey-dray,
Eysn-tsvey, eyns-tsvey, eyns-tsvey-dray.
Un er, un er, un er, un er
Zingt zikh tsu a lid,
Yidish-lid, yidish-lid,
Zingt a yidish-lid derbay.

Klingt dos lid, dos lid, dos lid
In gas, in gas aroys,
Eyns-tsvey-dray, eyns-tsvey-dray,
Eyns-tsvey, eyns-tsvey, eyns-tsvey-dray.
Klingt fun gas tsu gas,
Fun hoyz tsu hoyz, —
Fun hoyz tsu hoyz —
Shmiders lid, shmiders lid,
Klingt dem shmiders lideray.

לאָמיר, לאָמיר, לאָמיר, לאָמיר,
מאַכן אַן אײגן ליד,
אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ,
אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ.
װעגן, װעגן, װעגן
אַ ייִדן, אַ ייִד אַ שמיד —
אין זײַן שמיד, אין זײַן שמיד —
אין זײַן שמידער, שמידערײַ.
רײַ־רײַ־רײַ. . .
אין זײַן שמידער, שמידערײַ.

שמידט דער ייִד, דער ייִד, דער ייִד, דער ייִד
דער ייִד — דער שמיד,
אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ,
אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ.
און ער, און ער, און ער,
און ער זינגט זיך צו אַ ליד:
ייִדיש ליד, ייִדיש ליד,
זינגט אַ ייִדיש ליד דערבײַ.

קלינגט דאָס ליד, דאָס ליד, דאָס ליד,
אין גאַס, אין גאַס אַרױס,
אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ,
אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ, אײנס־צװײ־דרײַ.
קלינגט פֿון גאָס צו גאָס,
פֿון הױז צו הױז —
פֿון הױז צו הױז —
שמידערס ליד, שמידערס ליד,
קלינגט דעם שמידערס לידערײַ.

Song Title: Der Yid Der Shmid

Composer: Vladimir Heifetz
Composer’s Yiddish Name: װלאַדימיר חפֿץ
Lyricist: Wolf Younin
Lyricist’s Yiddish Name: װאָלף יונין
Time Period: Unspecified

This Song is Part of a Collection

Pearls of Yiddish Song Cover with Illustration of musicians playing instruments

Pearls of Yiddish Song

First published in 1988 as Pearls of Yiddish Song: Favorite Folk, Art and Theatre Songs, this anthology contains 115 songs. Some material had never been published, while others, included in rare song collections or sheet music, were largely inaccessible. The songs presented reflect Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the United States and depict childhood, love, family celebrations, poverty, work and struggle. There are also songs from the Hasidic and Maskilic movements, songs of Zion and of America, as well as songs from the Yiddish theater.

The title of this anthology derives from the weekly two-page feature column “Pearls of Yiddish Poetry,” which the compilers Yosl and Chana Mlotek initiated in 1970 in the Yiddish newspaper Der Forvertz (the Yiddish Daily Forward). Hundreds of readers from around the world — including authors, composers, singers, actors — became co-participants in this collective folk project and recalled melodies, lines, fragments, stanzas and their variants of songs, poems, and plays which they had heard in their youth. At first, readers sent in only written material. Later, they also taped songs on cassettes, many of whose melodies had, until then, never been recorded. They also identified and supplied missing information regarding lyricists, poets, and composers and described the circumstances surrounding the songs’ origins, their dissemination, diffusion and impact.

Browse the Collection
Enter your email to download free sheet music for ​Der Yid Der Shmid