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Monday, January 11, 2021

The Forward disdained the dirty lyrics and "double entendre" of the Yiddish music hall songs

Found in Forverts Jan 1 1926, thanks to Steven Lasky of the Museum of Family History:

The lyrics in comedies very often had an unclean character, and in the melodramas they rarely stuck to the script. Every year the Forverts carried out a vigorous campaign against the dirty words and the unclean "between the lines" [style] the songs possessed.

As a gullible and naive modern person, I'm afraid I sometimes miss these secondary meanings and hope those of you with a, erm, broader background will enlighten me when necessary.


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