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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Nor eyn boy - Louis Gilrod's parody of "Just One Girl" by Lyn Udall, 1898 - do it yourself!

Only one boy
[to the tune of] Just One Girl
by Louis Gilrod




I've done a lot of these waltzes, and it suddenly occurred to me that somebody else could put one together. I see this as suitable for a somewhat classical voice, in a show (which I hope somebody will do) of Tin Pan Alley Yiddish songs. In costume, is that asking too much? If you want more information, or some help, let me know. Below, the lyrics to be shoehorned in to the sheet music, also provided (click each page for a larger view and to save to your own computer). Let me know if you record it, I'll post a link.



Nor eyn boi

Mayn frayndin hot mer glik vi yorn
tsu a boy, tsu a boy
Yedes mol kent ir zen zi oysforn
mit a boy, mit a boy
Ikh volt gevolt khotsh nor eynem
ikh vil azoy, vil azoy
Nor layder hob ikh nit keynem
Oy gevald, vi nemt men a boy

Nor eyn boy, yo, nor eyn boy
Gevald mentshn, zogt mir ikh bet aykh, vi nemt men a boy
Gelebt un gelakht
volt ikh tob vi nakht
Ven es zol zikh in mir farlibn khotsh nor eyn boy

Bay tog geyt mayn frayndid shpatsirn mit a boy, mit a boy
Un bay nakht libt zi zikh amuzirn mit nokh a boy, mit nokh a boy
Zi shvert libe tsu yedn eynem, dem azoy un dem azoy
Nor ikh, nebekh, ikh hob nit keynem,
Oy gevald, vi nemt men a boy

Nor eyn boy, nor eyn boy,
Gevald, yidn, hot rakhmones un git mir a boy
Di velt volt geven far mir dan tsu kleyn
Ven es zol zikh in mir farlibn khotsh nor eyn boy

Nakhes volt fun mir geklibn yeder boy, yeder boy
Ven es zol zikh in mir khotsh farlibn nor eyn boy, nor eyn boy
Mir volt men nit badarft gebn tsu kayen shtroy, tsu kayen shtroy
Es volt shoyn gevezn a lebn
Nor gevald, vi nemt men a boy

Nor eyn boy, yo, nor eyn boy
Gevald boyes, hot rakhmones, ikh lib aykh troy
Es volt shoyn geven ales gezen
Ven es zol zikh in mir farlibn khotsh nor eyn boy



For sheet music and/or performances contact me: jane@mappamundi.com

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