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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The still-lost songs from the American Yiddish Penny Songs collection. Can you help?

This list is so long! In some cases a songsheet says: "Sing to the melody of [some song]" and [some song] is also lost - so I've included both on this list. In some cases I know two or more songs with the same name exist, so I've given the first lines of the ones I'm looking for to help distinguish them. If you know the whereabouts of any of these songs please let me know! Jane@mappamundi.com

  1. Aher gey
  2. Aher gey Tsar Nikolay
  3. Amerikaner housekeepers
  4. Dem arbeters shtrebn
  5. Beker Reb Nokhum
  6. Der ben yokhid
  7. A blum un a kveyt
  8. Der blutiker yam
  9. Dayenu (written by Morris Rund)
  10. Dayenu in milkhome
  11. Emeleks mapole
  12. Der fayer eskeyp (I have the chorus but not the verse)
  13. Di fir doktoyrim
  14. Fregt mikh bekheyrem
  15. Di froyen in butsher strayk
  16. Gimpel Beynish der shadkhn
  17. Hakt hakt hakt
  18. Hamavdil: starts "Vi gliklekh oy bistu yidele, ver ken tsu dir dayn glaykhn zayn?"
  19. Di havdole: starts "Bay undzer rebn az es kumt shabes af der nakht filt men poshet an emesn gan eydn."
  20. Di hitsn
  21. Hurrah fir red white blue
  22. Ikh ken fiksen
  23. A kadish nokh Nikolayen
  24. Khapn zol zey di kholera
  25. A kholem fun yener velt
  26. A khoyev der mamen
  27. Di knishes
  28. Korbones fun Essex Strit fayer
  29. Lemekhs kholem
  30. Leo Frenk
  31. Dos lid fun yetstiker krizis
  32. Di mame darf a malke zayn
  33. Der man mit der nodl un di sher
  34. Mayn landsman Khaym Ber
  35. Mayn vayb mit dem border
  36. Mayn shviger ikh shtel zi aykh for
  37. Mayn vaybs kheyshek
  38. Men shtupt zikh
  39. Mitsrayim
  40. Mitsves shtekn
  41. Next Next Nest
  42. New York fartog
  43. A New York yingele
  44. Nokh Amerike iz gekumen Reb Vole
  45. Oy der purim
  46. Oylem habe (not of Friedsel)
  47. Papa mit dem shikhele (not the Di Shichelach on LOC site)
  48. Plezhur
  49. Di prayz fun libe
  50. Di shkheyne fun nekst dor
  51. Di shkheynim
  52. Di shlekhte tsayt
  53. Shmaysn
  54. Der sof fun dem arbeter
  55. Soldat
  56. Der tayvl
  57. Tayvls lid (maybe the same song)
  58. Troyer lid (Sophia Karp)
  59. Dos troyer lid (Sigmund Mogulesco)
  60. Tsum Tayvl
  61. Di tsveyte mame
  62. Varshe genumen
  63. Vi gefelt aykh aza border?
  64. Vos vet di ende zayn
  65. William McKinley's last goodbye
  66. Der yetstiker yakres
  67. Yidish blut
  68. Di yidish fon - there are several, but this one is by Moyshe Ratner and Hyman Altman and starts: "Mayn lib tayer folk Yisroel, vu iz dayn shtolts dayn mut dayn land?"
  69. Di yidishe shkhite
  70. Der yidisher martirer
  71. Dem yidns laydn
  72. A yisker nokh tate mame
  73. Yitgadal (begins:) "Mayn ersht vayb iz geshtorbn farayorn liber fraynd, yitgadal vyitkadash shmey raba / Ikh hob oyfgeshtelt a yartsayt likht, un ikh vel zogn haynt yitgadal..."
  74. Der yontevdiker kidish

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