Traditional - Yiddish


Tumbala, tumbala, tumbalalaika,
Tumbala, tumbala, tumbalalaika
tumbalalaika, shpiel balalaika
tumbalalaika - freylach zol zayn.

Shteyt a bocher, shteyt un tracht,
tracht un tracht a gantze nacht.
Vemen tsu nemen un nit far shemen,
vemen tsu nemen un nit far shemen

Hear my tale of a certain young man
Stayed up all night til he thought up a plan
Wanted a girl who would be his delight
One who was pretty, witty and bright

The girl was pretty – and clever, you see
Anwered his questions, one, two and three
Answered his questions, then asked him one more…
“Sir, will you dance out on the dance floor?”


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