Es Benkt Zikh

Es Benkt Zikh Yearning

lyrics:Kasriel Broydo music most likely by Broydo’s usic director Yankl Trupianski

Tango Yona’s source: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Anthology of Yiddish Folksongs, Volume Four

Refrain

Eng, undzer tsimer iz eng

Un der umet farbenkt

yogt aroys undz in droysn

Mai, undz dermont in der fray

un es benkt zikh, es benkt

nokh alts, vos farbay

Verse 1

Kum aroys tsu mir, mayn meydl, in gas,

mayn far-der-tsayt farvelkte bliml!

Levone shaynt far undz do karg un blas

Nor shtern kukn lib oyf undz fun himl…

Refrain

Eng, undzer tsimer iz eng

Un der umet farbenkt

yogt aroys undz in droysn

Mai, undz dermont in der fray

un es benkt zikh, es benkt

nokh alts, vos farbay

Verse 2

Kh’gey aroys, mayn liber,

kh’gey aroys tsu dir

A friling-nakht far-kisheft beydn

To lomir shteyn bay der vant

un troymen azoy

Un mitn troym, zikh keyn mol tse-sheydn

Refrain

Eng, undzer tsimer iz eng

Un der umet farbenkt

yogt aroys undz in droysn

Mai, undz dermont in der fray

un es benkt zikh, es benkt

nokh alts, vos farbay

Refrain

Our room is tight, cramped

And the yearning sadness

draws us outdoors

The month of May reminds us of freedom

And there is yearning, such longing

For all that is gone

Verse 1

Come out to me, my girl, into the street

My before-your-time wilted little flower

The moon shines for us stingy and pale

But stars look lovingly upon us from the sky

Refrain

Our room is tight, cramped

And the yearning sadness

draws us outdoors

The month of May reminds us of freedom

And there is yearning, such longing

For all that is gone

Verse 2

I’m coming out, my love

I’m coming out to you

A spring night enchants us both

So let’s stand by the wall

and dream a while

And with the dream, never be parted

Refrain

Our room is tight, cramped

And the yearning sadness

draws us outdoors

The month of May reminds us of freedom

And there is yearning, such longing

For all that is gone

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