Abi Gezunt - Barry Sisters





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Published on May 31, 2009


Composer: Abraham Ellstein Lyrics: Molly Picon
from the film Mamele (1938, Poland). Originally performed by Molly Picon in 1938.

A bisl zun,
A bisl regn,
A ruik ort dem kop tzu leygn,
Abi gezunt, ken men gliklekh zayn.

A shukh, a zok,
A kleyd on lates,
In keshene a dray, fir zlotes,
Abi gezunt, ken men gliklekh zayn.

Di luft iz fray
Far yedn glaykh,
Di zun zi shaynt
Far yedn eynem orem oder raykh.

A bisl freyd,
A bisl lakhn,
A mol mit fraynt a shnepsl makhn,
Abi gezunt, ken men gliklekh zayn.

Eyner zukht ashires,
Eyner zukht gevires,
Aynemen di gantse velt.
Eyner meynt dos gantes glik
Hengt nor op in gelt.

Zoln ale zukhn,
Zoln ale krikhn,
Nor ikh trakht bay mir,
Ikh darf dos oyf kapores vayl
Dos glik shteyt bay mayn tir.

A bit of sun, a bit of rain,
a peaceful place to lay your head
so long as youre healthy, you can be happy.

A shoe, a sock, an outfit without patches,
three or four measly coins in your pocket
so long as youre healthy, you can be happy.

The air is free, equal for all;
the sun shines for everyone,
whether rich or poor.

A little rejoicing, a little laughter,
some schnapps with a friend once in a while
so long as youre healthy, you can be happy.

Some look for riches,
some look for power,
to conquer the whole world.
Some think that all happiness
depends only on money.

Let them all search,
let them all scrounge.
But I think to myself that
I have no use for such things,
since happiness is waiting at my doorstep.

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