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Koyl (feat. Inna Barmash & Frank London)

from Mnemosyne by Ljova and the Kontraband

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1 --- Oy a koyl, di fayerdike koyl,
Aza koyl kon dem menchn dershisn,
Nor ver se hot dikh fun mir opgeredt
Far an ander meydele tzu vern a khosn

2. --- Oy du bist shoyn a khosn gevorn
Se zol dir zayn mit mazl un mit glik
Nor ikh bin dokh nokh keyn kale nit gevorn
Oy, umkern vestu zikh, oy, tzu mir kerik

3. --- Shpatzirn zaynen mir beyde gegangen
Der shlakh iz geven far undz shmol
Nor ver se hot dikh fun mir opgeredt,
Arayn zol er in dem vistn gospitol

A bullet, a burning fiery bullet
Such a bullet can shoot a person
Like the one who talked you into
Becoming another girl’s groom

You’re already a groom
May it be with luck and good fortune
But I am still not a bride
You’ll come back to me, yes, to me

We went walking
The road was too narrow
But whoever talked you out of me
Should go into a desolate hospital


from Mnemosyne, released October 28, 2008
music and lyrics - Yiddish traditional
from the book "Old Jewish Folk Music" by Moshe Beregovski
arranged by Ljova

performed by Ljova and the Kontraband
featuring Inna Barmash (vocal) and Frank London (flugelhorn)

Ljova, viola
Patrick Farrell, accordion
Mike Savino, bass
Mathias Kunzli, percussion

Recorded by Peter Karl
Mixed by Alex Kharlamov
Mastered by Steven Berson


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Lev "Ljova' Zhurbin was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1978. He divides his time between composing music for film, concert, and dance; performing with his own ensemble LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND, and arranging music for the Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Alondra de la Parra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and many others. ... more

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