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06 Jul 00 - 10:17 AM (#252837)
Subject: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Allan S.

Does any one know a song sung in English with a fake Yiddish accent? Only words known as follows

Vunce I hed a cendy store. Business vas so bed,
I esked my vife vat to do, end dis is vat she sed:
Take a liddle gesoline, put it on de floor.
Take a metch, give a scretch, no more cendy store.

I heard this back in the 1950's. Also, a song with the lines:

If you don't know what you're talking about,
Ask the soda jerker,
He knows what he's talking about
From reading the Daily worker.

I guess these are from the New York area. Any ideas?


14 Aug 04 - 07:17 PM (#1247770)
Subject: RE: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Wolfeny@webtv.net

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14 Aug 04 - 10:58 PM (#1247836)
Subject: RE: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: Sorcha

Where is Dr. Mark when we need him? The only Google links that came up were back to here. Sorry.


15 Aug 04 - 12:37 AM (#1247861)
Subject: ADD: The Daily Worker
From: Joe Offer

Well, the good old Socialist Songbook takes care of the second request:

THE DAILY WORKER
(Tune: Monkey Chased the Weasel)

Oh, all around our Union Square is
the land of the Daily Worker,
You'll see them standing everywhere,
reading the Daily Worker.
You go in the door of a soda store,
and talk to the soda jerker,
He knows the truth about the war
by reading the Daily Worker.

You go to a dance to look for romance
at waltzing or mazurka,
You have a chance to catch their glance —
by reading the Daily Worker.
The Eskimo, the Hottentot, the
Chinaman, and the Turka,
They know exactly what is what —
by reading the Daily Worker.

United Front was quite a stunt; it
took in many a sucker,
And many a dame with a Mayflower name
is rid-ding the Daily Wuh-ker.
Uncle Joe, as you might know, with
many a grin and smirker
Sees the line go over fine by
reading the Daily Worker.


15 Aug 04 - 01:06 AM (#1247864)
Subject: I Had a Little Candy Store - Poof!!
From: Joe Offer

As for the first one, maybe that's all there is to it I found another version at http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/
academic/languages/yiddish/mendele/vol2.111

    I had a little candy store,
    Business was so bad,
    I asked mine mama what to do,
    This is what she said.
    Take a little gasoline,
    Put it on the floor.
    Take a match,
    Give a scratch,
    Poof, no candy store.
-Joe Offer-


30 Oct 04 - 11:51 PM (#1311913)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Cleo

I sang this as a child in the 1950's to the tune of the Hatikva:

Vunce I hed a cendy store
Bizness vas so bed
I ask my musser vas to do
Dis is vat she sed
Tek a lil' gesoline
Shrpitz it on da floor
Take a metch
Give a scretch
Boom--no cendy store.


24 Jun 16 - 03:51 PM (#3797475)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Guest, Eileen

When I was between 2-3 years old, my grandfather taught me this song. My mother said he would phone me every day at lunch to hear me sing it. (perhaps singsong it?) That was in the late 1940s.

Abbie had a candy store,
business was so bad,
asked his wife what to do
and this is what she said,
take a little paper,
put it on the floor,
take a match
make a scratch,
no more candy store!

I didn't realize until I was an adult that the song was about arson!!


04 Dec 16 - 07:18 PM (#3824499)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Jake

My cousin taught me this song back in the early 90's and we were both around 8. So it's still around!

Though he had a little added jig at the end

"smear it on the floor, take a match , make a scratch! no more candy store"

then added a little quick happy dance at the end, just repeating joyously

"No more candy store!! NO more candy stoooooreeee!! Take a match, Make a Scratch! No more candy store :)


28 May 17 - 12:04 AM (#3857490)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST

I learned a version from a fellow musician friend of mine in the late 70's while we were care=taking a mansion originally owned Horowitz Margareten family and it was sung to the melody of Hatikva, often at parties:
    vonce I hed a kendy shtor, business vas so bed,
    I esked mine vife, vat to do, dis is vat she sed:
    take a ken mit kerosene, shpill it on de floor,
    take a metch, give a scretch..Poof ! No more kendy shtor

    ai ai ai ai no more kendy shtor..ai ai ai ai No more kendi shtor
    take a metch..give a scretch..OY! (big ending) NO MORE KENDY SHTOR!!!


13 Jan 18 - 11:26 AM (#3899337)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Knuckles491

Moishe had a candy store, business was so bad.
Ask his wife what to do, this is what she said.
Get a little kerosene, spritz it on the floor.
Get a match, make a scratch...Poof! No more candy store.


29 Nov 18 - 04:10 PM (#3963925)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Suzeleh

My uncle sang this song. I learned it from another niece, who apparently was not familiar with Hatikva. Then one day she saw some official Israeli ceremony on TV, with Hatikva playing, and called our uncle, exclaiming, "They're playing 'Moishe'!". "Oh, you poor deluded child," he said.

I recently sang it while someone made a smartphone video of it. No idea where it's going to end up.

Our version:
Moishe hed a kendy store, bizness was so bed,
He esked his wife what to do. Dis is what she said:
"Moishe, take some gesoline, splesh it on de floor,
Take a metch, give a scretch, no more kendy store."


13 Apr 20 - 02:42 AM (#4045733)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST,Big Apple

I cant believe I happened on this. I learned a different variation of this song from my father in the 1960ís when I was young. In a Yiddish accent:

Izzy had a candy store the business was so poor
He took a match
And made a scratch
And the business was no more
Shave and a haircut 10 cents

Of course I taught this song to my daughter who is now teaching it to my two year old grandson.


03 Nov 20 - 12:55 PM (#4078103)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST

My Father in Law taught this to my kids: He grew up in the Bronx in the 1950's this was his version sung to the tune of the Hatikvah with a Yiddish accent:

    Uncle Feivel had a store and business wasn't good
    He asked his Tante what to do and this is what she said oyyyyyyy
    Take a bottle kerosene and throw it on the floor
    Take a match, make a scratch, no more candy store!


17 Feb 21 - 08:24 PM (#4093627)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST

My dad taught my sisters and I this song a long time ago:

Once I owned a clothing store, Business was so bad
So I asked my wife what to do, and this is what she said, oyyyy
Take a can of gasoline, put it by the door.
Light a match, let it catch and no more clothing store.


08 Aug 21 - 06:22 PM (#4115876)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST

For us we had:

Once there was a candy store, there business was so bad, I asked my mother what to to and this is what the said, take a bit of gasoline and shmear it on the floor, take a match, make a scratch, no more candy store!


08 Aug 21 - 07:55 PM (#4115882)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: Nigel Parsons

"Abie, I'm so sorry to hear that your shop burnt down"
"Hush, that's tomorrow!"


11 Nov 21 - 10:35 AM (#4125877)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: yiddish? take a match give a scratch
From: GUEST

Vonce I had a candy store business was so bad,
So I vent to the Rabbi and this is what he said.
Take a can of gasoline put by the door
Give a scratch with a match POOF NO MORE CANDY STORE!!