Eynzam

Lonely
אײנזאַם

One of the many songs by the Yiddish poet and troubador, Itsik Manger (1911-1969), a variant of a melody by Simkhe Shvarts. This is an imaginative and playful song, expressing the depths of loneliness in allegorical images.

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Lyrics

No one knows what I speak, no one knows what I want. There are eight mice asleep on the floor-that’s just too crowded for me. Where can one go all alone at night? In an inn two drunkards and a bottle are asleep on the floor. Shall I be a fourth? No, better not. So I put on my hat and say good-night. But where can one go all alone late at night.

Keyner veys nit vos ikh zog,
Keyner veys nit vos ikh vil —
Zibn mayzlekh mit a moyz
Shlofn oyfn dil.

Zibn mayzlekh mit a moyz
Zenen, dukht zikh, akht —
Tu ikh on dem kapelush
Un zog: a gute nakht.

Tu ikh on dem kapelush
Un ikh loz zikh geyn.
Vu zhe geyt men shpet bay nakht
Eyninker aleyn?

Shteyt a shenk in mitn mark,
Vinkt tsu mir: du yold!
Kh’hob a fesele mit vayn,
A fesele mit gold.

Efn shnel ikh oyf di tir
Un ikh fal arayn:
— A gut-yomtev ale aykh,
Ver ir zolt nisht zayn!

Keyner veys nit vos ikh zog,
Keyner veys nit vos ikh vil —
Tsvey shikurim mit a flash
Shlofn oyfn dil.

Tsvey shikurim mit a flash
Zenen, dukht zikh, dray,
Zayn a ferter do in shpil
Loynt zikh? — nit keday.

Tu ikh on dem kapelush
Un ikh loz zikh geyn.
Vu zhe geyt men shpet bay nakht
Eyninker aleyn?

קײנער װײס ניט װאָס איך זאָג,
קײנער װײס ניט װאָס איך װיל —
זיבן מײַזלעך מיט אַ מױז
שלאָפֿן אױפֿן דיל.

זיבן מײַזלעך מיט אַ מױז
זענען, דוכט זיך, אַכט —
טו איך אָן דעם קאַפּעלוש
און זאָג: — אַ גוטע נאַכט.

טו איך אַן דעם קאפּעלוש
און איך לאָז זיך גײן.
װוּ זשע גײט מען שפּעט בײַ נאַכט
אײנינקער אַלײן?

שטײט אַ שענק אין מיטן מאַרק,
װינקט צו מיר: — דו יאָלד!
כ’האָב אַ פֿעסעלע מיט װײַן,
אַ פֿעסעלע מיט גאָלד.

עפֿן שנעל איך אױף די טיר
און איך פֿאַל אַרײַן:
— אַ גוט יום-טובֿ אַלע אײַך,
װער איר זאָלט ניט זײַן!

קײנער װײס נים װאָס איך זאָג,
קײנער װײס ניט װאָס איך װיל —
צװײ שיכּורים מיט אַ פֿלאַש
שלאַפֿן אױפֿן דיל.

צװײ שיכּורים מיט אַ פֿלאַש
זענען, דוכט זיך, דרײַ,
זײַן אַ פֿערטער דאָ אין שפּיל
לױנט זיך? — ניט-כּדאַי.

טו איך אָן דעם קאַפּעלוש
און איך לאָז זיך גײן.
װוּ זשע גײט מען שפּעט בײַ נאַכט
אײנינקער אַלײן?

Song Title: Eynzam

Composer: Unknown
Composer’s Yiddish Name: שׂימחה שװאַרץ
Lyricist: Itsik Manger
Lyricist’s Yiddish Name: איציק מאַנגער
Time Period:20th century

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Mir Trogn A Gezang: Favorite Yiddish Songs

First published in 1972, Mir Trogn A Gezang: Favorite Yiddish Songs was reprinted six more times (in 1977, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000) due to popular demand. The songs in this anthology represent a sampling of beloved folk and well-known Yiddish songs, many of which are scattered in various song collections; some appear in very rare and inaccessible collections; and some were never before published. Folk songs comprise about a third of this volume and were selected mainly on the basis of popularity and sometimes for their historic significance. Needless to say, they are only representative of the vast, rich treasure of Yiddish folk material. The selection was made not only on the basis of personal preference, but in the knowledge they are favorites of many who sing these songs. Most of the songs represent the repertoire that was sung at Yiddish summer camps, May 1st demonstrations and at social gatherings. Many songs were introduced to American Jewry by Jewish immigrants who came to the United States after World War II, for whom these songs had been favorites in Poland and other East European communities destroyed by the Nazis.

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