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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Katsap's mapole and Port Arthur - (Russia's Downfall) by Max Zavodnik - the Ikea versions

Russia's downfall
To sing with the melody of
"Sholem Aleichem"
Created by
badkhn Max Zavodnik
   Port Arthur
Created by Max Zavodnik
To sing with the English melody
"Good Bye my Blue Bell"
(click for full-sized image)

I don't feel like putting either of these together because the tunes are not very interesting. 

So I'm giving you the pieces in case you want to put it together yourself. 

The Sholem Aleichem referenced here is available at the Library of Congress website here: Sigmund Mogilewsko's Roaring Success - Sholem Aleichem - from the Opera DER-CHEREM IN BETH-HAMIKDOTH




The other tune, Blue Bell, is available here: Blue Bell, by Madden and Morse. (Note how the girl he is planning to leave behind is wearing white, the ubiquitous symbol of purity.)

Below, a transcription of Max Zavodnik's text. (The other song, Port Arthur, referencing the Battle of Port Arthur, is after the jump.) Interestingly Zavodnik states that Japan's defeat of Russia was divine retribution for the Kishinev pogrom.


A yeder eyner veys vi mekhtik un vi groys
Iz geven di rusishe medine
Zi hot zikh forgeshteltfar der gantser velt
Az zi shpilt di greste role af di bine
Un di mekhte fun arum zaynen geblibn shtum
Tsaygndik zayn heldishe gvure
Fun di dume kep mit di lange tsep
Hot er tsugenumen a shtik land mandzshuriye (Manchuria)

Ober yetst - zet nor vi er hot oysgekreynkt
Az dos vet im aropgeyn glat hot er zikh gedeynkt
Yapon hot zikh gegn im geshtelt
Mit di simpatiye fun der gantser velt
Un shlogt dem Fonye dem groyser held

Endlekh zikh dervart vos mir hobn gegart
Dos iz far undz di eyntsike nekhome
Az der rusisher tiran fun dem kleyniker Yapon
Khapt yetst klep in der blutiker milkhome
Ayngezunken tif a shif nokh a shif
Zayn shtrof hot er endlekh yetst bakumen
Getsaygt hot im es Got az ales vos er hot
Iz nor far di blutike pogromen

Zol nit denken der katsap az dos iz der letster klap
Nit eyner tut af im dem meser sharfn
In zayn eygn land muz er vatshn yede hand
Koym vil im ver a bombe untervarfn
Far dem nihilistn bund tsitert yetst der hund
Tsores hot er fun beyde zaytn
Umshuldike fekshikt? nekshikt?
Rabe nemen zey yetst fun dervaytn

Dos iz dokh virklikh sheyn, prakhtfol on tsu zen
Shteyendik un kukn fun dervaytn
Vi a ber mit a flig zaynen aroys in krig
Un der shvakher zol dem shtarkn faytn
Dos zeyen mir atsind vi feik un geshvind
Der kleyner yapon halt im ongebundn
Yetst batsolt er gut far keshenever blut
Nokh nit farheylt hobn zikh yene vundn

Admiral Makarov hot gekhapt a shvartsn sof
A yam kazak iz er geven der grester
Feter Pavlovsk iz oykh geven a shif gor ontsuzen
Es git keyn tsveytn zol fun ir zeyn fester
In eyn oygnblik tseshtetert zi in shtik
In tifn yam muzn zey yetst foyln
Zey visn Makarov az do iz nit Kishenov
Kleyne kinder dort oys tsu koyln


Iberrasht iz di velt gevorn fun yapon mit zeyer zig
Rusland hot farlorn, geendikt iz di Krig
Fonye du megst zikh bagrobn mit shande geboygn dayn kop
Tsores vestu nokh hobn dayn heldishkayt in Eyrop

Gud Bay mayn srore, du bizt shoyn nit keyn held
Gevorn bistu di kapore af dem shlakht feld
Der sof vet zayn antisemit az rusland vet zayn fray
Vayl yidish blut shvaygt keyn mol nit tsar nikolay

Di milkhome hot zikh ongeforn, dayne shifn tsu trinken in yam
Mit shmalts bistu dan gegangen nit visndik du bizt a kham
Vos toygn dir dayne harmatn az du host a kop fun a ferd
Der seykhl fun yapons soldatn hot dir geleygt tif in drerd

Umzist hostu zikh gematert, mandzshurie zol blaybn dayn
Ze vemes fon dort flatert, ver iz dort arayn?
Ale zaynen tsufridn, es makht nit keyn untersheyd
Kristn tsuzamen mit yidn zingen yetst dos lid

Farsholtn iz dayn nomen, bashtroft fun der natur
Vi shtekn dir di pogromen, dort in Port Arthur
Aleyn bistu oykh nit zikher dayn lebn heyngt af a hor
Nem ayn a mes dan veln mir zingen in kor


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

Russia's downfall
To sing with the melody of
"Sholem Aleichem"
Created by
badkhn Max Zavodnik
   Port Arthur
Created by Max Zavodnik
To sing with the English melody
"Good Bye my Blue Bell"
(click for full-sized image)

I don't feel like putting either of these together because the tunes are not very interesting. 

So I'm giving you the pieces in case you want to put it together yourself. 

The Sholem Aleichem referenced here is available at the Library of Congress website here: Sigmund Mogilewsko's Roaring Success - Sholem Aleichem - from the Opera DER-CHEREM IN BETH-HAMIKDOTH


Blue Bell, by Madden and Morse

Here's a transcription of Max Zavodnik's text. (The other song, Port Arthur, referencing the Battle of Port Arthur, is after the jump.) Interestingly Zavodnik states that Japan's defeat of Russia was divine retribution for the Kishinev pogrom.


A yeder eyner veys vi mekhtik un vi groys
Iz geven di rusishe medine
Russia's downfall
To sing with the melody of
"Sholem Aleichem"
Created by
badkhn Max Zavodnik
   Port Arthur
Created by Max Zavodnik
To sing with the English melody
"Good Bye my Blue Bell"
(click for full-sized image)

I don't feel like putting either of these together because the tunes are not very interesting. 

So I'm giving you the pieces in case you want to put it together yourself. 

The Sholem Aleichem referenced here is available at the Library of Congress website here: Sigmund Mogilewsko's Roaring Success - Sholem Aleichem - from the Opera DER-CHEREM IN BETH-HAMIKDOTH


src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KgB9vhrSSfs/YBguwqKj46I/AAAAAAAAdXI/MEgMzNOn7Y87ywsiGOc9fEUyYKoQTPdBgCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/blue-bell-350.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 15px; max-width: 100%;"/>The other tune, Blue Bell, is also available here: Blue Bell, by Madden and Morse

Here's a transcription of Max Zavodnik's text. (The other song, Port Arthur, referencing the Battle of Port Arthur, is after the jump.) Interestingly Zavodnik states that Japan's defeat of Russia was divine retribution for the Kishinev pogrom.


A yeder eyner veys vi mekhtik un vi groys
Iz geven di rusishe medine
Zi hot zikh forgeshteltfar der gantser velt
Az zi shpilt di greste role af di bine
Un di mekhte fun arum zaynen geblibn shtum
Tsaygndik zayn heldishe gvure
Fun di dume kep mit di lange tsep
Hot er tsugenumen a shtik land mandzshuriye (Manchuria)

Ober yetst - zet nor vi er hot oysgekreynkt
Az dos vet im aropgeyn glat hot er zikh gedeynkt
Yapon hot zikh gegn im geshtelt
Mit di simpatiye fun der gantser velt
Un shlogt dem Fonye dem groyser held

Endlekh zikh dervart vos mir hobn gegart
Dos iz far undz di eyntsike nekhome
Az der rusisher tiran fun dem kleyniker Yapon
Khapt yetst klep in der blutiker milkhome
Ayngezunken tif a shif nokh a shif
Zayn shtrof hot er endlekh yetst bakumen
Getsaygt hot im es Got az ales vos er hot
Iz nor far di blutike pogromen

Zol nit denken der katsap az dos iz der letster klap
Nit eyner tut af im dem meser sharfn
In zayn eygn land muz er vatshn yede hand
Koym vil im ver a bombe untervarfn
Far dem nihilistn bund tsitert yetst der hund
Tsores hot er fun beyde zaytn
Umshuldike fekshikt? nekshikt?
Rabe nemen zey yetst fun dervaytn

Dos iz dokh virklikh sheyn, prakhtfol on tsu zen
Shteyendik un kukn fun dervaytn
Vi a ber mit a flig zaynen aroys in krig
Un der shvakher zol dem shtarkn faytn
Dos zeyen mir atsind vi feik un geshvind
Der kleyner yapon halt im ongebundn
Yetst batsolt er gut far keshenever blut
Nokh nit farheylt hobn zikh yene vundn

Admiral Makarov hot gekhapt a shvartsn sof
A yam kazak iz er geven der grester
Feter Pavlovsk iz oykh geven a shif gor ontsuzen
Es git keyn tsveytn zol fun ir zeyn fester
In eyn oygnblik tseshtetert zi in shtik
In tifn yam muzn zey yetst foyln
Zey visn Makarov az do iz nit Kishenov
Kleyne kinder dort oys tsu koyln


Iberrasht iz di velt gevorn fun yapon mit zeyer zig
Rusland hot farlorn, geendikt iz di Krig
Fonye du megst zikh bagrobn mit shande geboygn dayn kop
Tsores vestu nokh hobn dayn heldishkayt in Eyrop

Gud Bay mayn srore, du bizt shoyn nit keyn held
Gevorn bistu di kapore af dem shlakht feld
Der sof vet zayn antisemit az rusland vet zayn fray
Vayl yidish blut shvaygt keyn mol nit tsar nikolay

Di milkhome hot zikh ongeforn, dayne shifn tsu trinken in yam
Mit shmalts bistu dan gegangen nit visndik du bizt a kham
Vos toygn dir dayne harmatn az du host a kop fun a ferd
Der seykhl fun yapons soldatn hot dir geleygt tif in drerd

Umzist hostu zikh gematert, mandzshurie zol blaybn dayn
Ze vemes fon dort flatert, ver iz dort arayn?
Ale zaynen tsufridn, es makht nit keyn untersheyd
Kristn tsuzamen mit yidn zingen yetst dos lid

Farsholtn iz dayn nomen, bashtroft fun der natur
Vi shtekn dir di pogromen, dort in Port Arthur
Aleyn bistu oykh nit zikher dayn lebn heyngt af a hor
Nem ayn a mes dan veln mir zingen in kor


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


Zi hot zikh forgeshteltfar der gantser velt
Az zi shpilt di greste role af di bine
Un di mekhte fun arum zaynen geblibn shtum
Tsaygndik zayn heldishe gvure
Fun di dume kep mit di lange tsep
Hot er tsugenumen a shtik land mandzshuriye (Manchuria)

Ober yetst - zet nor vi er hot oysgekreynkt
Az dos vet im aropgeyn glat hot er zikh gedeynkt
Yapon hot zikh gegn im geshtelt
Mit di simpatiye fun der gantser velt
Un shlogt dem Fonye dem groyser held

Endlekh zikh dervart vos mir hobn gegart
Dos iz far undz di eyntsike nekhome
Az der rusisher tiran fun dem kleyniker Yapon
Khapt yetst klep in der blutiker milkhome
Ayngezunken tif a shif nokh a shif
Zayn shtrof hot er endlekh yetst bakumen
Getsaygt hot im es Got az ales vos er hot
Iz nor far di blutike pogromen

Zol nit denken der katsap az dos iz der letster klap
Nit eyner tut af im dem meser sharfn
In zayn eygn land muz er vatshn yede hand
Koym vil im ver a bombe untervarfn
Far dem nihilistn bund tsitert yetst der hund
Tsores hot er fun beyde zaytn
Umshuldike fekshikt? nekshikt?
Rabe nemen zey yetst fun dervaytn

Dos iz dokh virklikh sheyn, prakhtfol on tsu zen
Shteyendik un kukn fun dervaytn
Vi a ber mit a flig zaynen aroys in krig
Un der shvakher zol dem shtarkn faytn
Dos zeyen mir atsind vi feik un geshvind
Der kleyner yapon halt im ongebundn
Yetst batsolt er gut far keshenever blut
Nokh nit farheylt hobn zikh yene vundn

Admiral Makarov hot gekhapt a shvartsn sof
A yam kazak iz er geven der grester
Feter Pavlovsk iz oykh geven a shif gor ontsuzen
Es git keyn tsveytn zol fun ir zeyn fester
In eyn oygnblik tseshtetert zi in shtik
In tifn yam muzn zey yetst foyln
Zey visn Makarov az do iz nit Kishenov
Kleyne kinder dort oys tsu koyln

Iberrasht iz di velt gevorn fun yapon mit zeyer zig
Rusland hot farlorn, geendikt iz di Krig
Fonye du megst zikh bagrobn mit shande geboygn dayn kop
Tsores vestu nokh hobn dayn heldishkayt in Eyrop

Gud Bay mayn srore, du bizt shoyn nit keyn held
Gevorn bistu di kapore af dem shlakht feld
Der sof vet zayn antisemit az rusland vet zayn fray
Vayl yidish blut shvaygt keyn mol nit tsar nikolay

Di milkhome hot zikh ongeforn, dayne shifn tsu trinken in yam
Mit shmalts bistu dan gegangen nit visndik du bizt a kham
Vos toygn dir dayne harmatn az du host a kop fun a ferd
Der seykhl fun yapons soldatn hot dir geleygt tif in drerd

Umzist hostu zikh gematert, mandzshurie zol blaybn dayn
Ze vemes fon dort flatert, ver iz dort arayn?
Ale zaynen tsufridn, es makht nit keyn untersheyd
Kristn tsuzamen mit yidn zingen yetst dos lid

Farsholtn iz dayn nomen, bashtroft fun der natur
Vi shtekn dir di pogromen, dort in Port Arthur
Aleyn bistu oykh nit zikher dayn lebn heyngt af a hor
Nem ayn a mes dan veln mir zingen in kor


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

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