Kholemen Khaloymes

Dreaming Dreams
חלומען חלומות

Poem by Aliza Greenblatt (1888-1975); music by Solomon Golub (1887-1952). Published in sheet music by Metro Music Co., N.Y., 1932. This was Greenblatt’s first published poem. See “Du,du.”

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Deep in the night,
mountain and valley lie deep in thought,
dreaming dreams.

The mountain glances at the valley,
the valley answers back
with the same thoughts,
dreaming dreams.

In valleys and on mountains
endless flowers bloom.
There is magic everywhere.

The mountain raises its voice again
and the valley responds again.
Soon everything becomes silent.

In der tifkeyt fun der nakht,
Lign barg un tol fartrakht,
Kholemen khaloymes,
Kholemen khaloymes.

Shikt der barg tsum tol a blik,
Entfert tol bald op tsurik
Zelbike rayoynes,
Kholemen khaloymes.

Tol un barg un barg un tol,
Blien blumen on a tsol, —
Kishef, kishef umetum,

Vidert op der barg a kol,
Entfert vider op der tol —
Bald vert shtil arum,
Bald vert shtil arum…

אין דער טיפֿקײט פֿון דער נאַכט,
ליגן באַרג און טאָל פֿאַרטראַכט,
חלומען חלומות,
חלומען חלומות.

שיקט דער באַרג צום טאָל אַ בליק,
ענטפֿערט טאָל באַלד אָפּ צוריק
זעלביקע רעיונות,
חלומען חלומות.

טאָל און באַרג און באַרג און טאָל,
בליִען בלומען אָן אַ צאָל —
כּישוף, כּישוף אומעטום.

װידערט אָפּ דער באַרג אַ קול,
ענטפֿערט װידער אָפּ דער טאָל —
באַלד װערט שטיל אַרום,
באַלד װערט שטיל אַרום. . .

Song Title: Kholemen Khaloymes

Composer: Solomon Golub
Composer’s Yiddish Name: סאָלאָמאָן גאָלוב
Lyricist: Aliza Greenblatt
Lyricist’s Yiddish Name: עליזה גרינבלאַט
Time Period: Unspecified

This Song is Part of a Collection

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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.

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