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Thread #81392   Message #2554992
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Feb-09 - 12:30 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Yosl Ber/Yossel Bear Gayt in Militar
Subject: ADD: Yosl Ber (Itsik Manger)
Ah, NOW I see it. I'm surprised I missed it before. here are the lyrics, from Pearls of Yiddish Song (Mlotek), page 173.

YOSL BER
(Itzik Manger)

Heysn heys ikh Yosl-Ber
Un ikh din in militer
Oy-ra-ra, oy-ra, oy-ra,
Shtivl trog ikh, a mundir,
Lehavdl vi an ofitsir
Oy-ra-ra, oy-ra, oy-ra.

Geven bin ikh a shuster-yung,
Gelekt podeshves mitn tsung
Haynt hob ikh a biks, a shverd,
Shusteray hob ikh in dr'erd.

Mit dem bezem iz mir gring,
Kh'ker kazarmes un ikh zing
S'endikt zikh di bezem-shlakht,
Dank ikh Got, s'falt tsu di nakht.

Gey ikh mir in gas aroys
Un ikh zukh a meydl oys
Gib ikh zikh tsu ir a boyg
Un a pintl mitn oyg.

Farbet zi mikh in kikh arayn,
Git mir bronfn, git mir vayn
Zi git mir a bulke, fish un khreyn,
Oy, a meydl mole-kheyn.


Translation: Here's a verse translation, from Anthology of Yiddish Folksongs from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Volum 7 Itzik Manger, page 193-195.