gey ikh mir shpatsirn (ssa)

Catalog ID: S-448
Translation: I once went for a stroll
First Line: Gey ikh mir shpatsirn
Composer: arr. Jennifer Wolfe, edited by Joshua Jacobson
Author: traditional
Voicing: ssa
Accompaniment: piano
Language: yiddish/english
Country: usa
Other: new 2018, women, children, youth


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Gey ikh mir shpatsirn is a folksong from Eastern Europe. The lyrics are in Yiddish, an amalgamation of German and Hebrew, which was the lingua franca of Northern European Jews for hundreds of years. The song is a variation on the common theme of the spurned lover, but with a twist at the end. It is similar to (and perhaps derived from) a German folksong, Ich ging einmal spazieren.

Dr. Joshua Jacobson
Professor Emertisu, Northeastern University

Pronunciation tracks are available upon request.


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