JEWISH SONG COLLECTION
Title: Simkhes toyre bay dem tish, iz dos ales freylekh (Simkhes Toyre at the Table, Everything is Joyful)
Transcription: Miriam Isaacs
Translation: Miriam Isaacs
Information: This is a bawdy song, making fun of Hasidic rebbes. Here the sexual exploitation of religious leaders and the corruption forms a common theme. This song was sung in the context of a series of similar bawdy songs.
Simkhes toyre bay dem tish iz dos ales freylekh
Der rebe zitst fun oybn on un vi? a melekh..
Ay lay la la lay
A maydl kimt tsim rebn, zi hot groyse shmertsn
Zi hot zikh gegebn a klap in harts
Dos iz nisht fun dem klap, Es iz fun sekreter
A vayble kimt tsim rebn, Mit a groys gevayn
Zi ken nisht hobn kayn kinder,
Der rebe git a geshray tsim shames,
Un a yog aroys dem oylem.
Simchas Torah at the table, is very joyful.
The rebbe sits at the head of the table, like a king
.A girl come to the rebbe, has great pains,
She beats her breast. This is not because of that beating,
but she has them thanks to the secretary.
A young woman come to the rebbe, weeping greatly.
She can not have any children.
The rebbe calls out to his helper to help, and sends out the crowd.