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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 (Louis Gilrod and David Meyerowitz sang a duet with the name A her geh in April 1915)
  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. Di eyropeishe skhite
  12. Emeleks mapole
  13. Der fayer eskeyp (I have the chorus but not the verse, tune "On The Dear Old Farm")
  14. Di fir doktoyrim
  15. Fregt mikh bekheyrem
  16. Di froyen in butsher strayk
  17. Gimpel Beynish der shadkhn
  18. Hakt hakt hakt
  19. Hamavdil: starts "Vi gliklekh oy bistu yidele, ver ken tsu dir dayn glaykhn zayn?"
  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. Mayn landsman Khaym Ber
  34. Mayn vayb mit dem border
  35. Mayn shviger ikh shtel zi aykh for
  36. Mayn vaybs kheyshek
  37. Men shtupt zikh
  38. Mitsrayim
  39. Mitsves shtekn
  40. Next Next Next
  41. New York fartog
  42. A New York yingele
  43. Oy der purim
  44. Papa mit dem shikhele (not the Di Shichelach on LOC site)
  45. Plezhur
  46. Di prayz fun libe
  47. Di shkheyne fun nekst dor
  48. Di shkheynim (maybe from a play transliterated as Die schcheinim)
  49. Di shlekhte tsayt
  50. Der sof fun dem arbeter
  51. Soldat
  52. Der tayvl
  53. Tayvls lid (maybe the same song)
  54. Troyer lid (Sophia Karp)
  55. Dos troyer lid (Sigmund Mogulesco)
  56. Tsum Tayvl
  57. Di tsveyte mame
  58. Varshe genumen
  59. Vos vet di ende zayn
  60. William McKinley's last goodbye
  61. Der yetstiker yakres
  62. Yidish blut
  63. 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?"
  64. Di yidishe shkhite
  65. Der yidisher martirer
  66. Dem yidns laydn
  67. A yisker nokh tate mame
  68. 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..."
  69. Der yontevdiker kidish

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