Ikh vil es hern nokh amol 3:43

Liner Notes

Ellstein’s Ikh vil es hern nokh amol (I Want to Hear It Again), with lyrics by Jacob Jacobs and Isidore Lillian, was sung in William Siegel’s 1946 romantic musical comedy Ikh bin farlibt (I’m in Love). The production starred the sensational comic actor and singer Menashe Skulnik at the Second Avenue Theater in New York, and the song was introduced by cast members Lilly Lilliana and Leon Liebgold.

Neither the script of the play nor press reviews have been located, but some indication of the show’s public success might be gleaned from the fact that it toured a year later to St. Louis, with the same actors and actresses, and perhaps to other cities as well.

By: Neil W. Levin



Lyrics by Isidore Lillian and Jacob Jacobs

The world has many
books and novels,
in which we read of great romances.
My love, you may be sure
that none of these books can describe
how strongly I feel about you.

Do you mean what you say?
Or are you just saying it?
I want be sure about it,
for I am a woman,
sworn to you forever.

And once again you ask me
to tell you
that I love you.

I want to hear it again from you.
Say again that you are in love with me.
It rings in my ears
like the Song of Songs.
I will never tire of hearing it.
My heart dances in me
from joy and happiness
when I hear
the sweet words from you.
When you say those four words
[ikh hob dikh lib (I love you)],
it fills me with joy.
Yes, I want to hear it again from you!

Lyrics by Isidore Lillian and Jacob Jacobs

es zaynen af der velt faranen
fil bikher romanen,
fun groyse libes dortn leyenen mir.
lyube mayne megstu zayn zikher,
az di ale bikher kenen nisht farshraybn
dos vos ikh fil tsu dir.

meynstu vos du zogst
tsi redstu glat azoy.
ikh vil in dem zayn zikher
vayl ikh bin a froy.
geshvoyrn dir on tsol.

un du fregst nokh a mol,
ikh zol dir zogn
az ikh hob dikh lib.

ikh vil es hern nokh a mol fun dir,
zog nokh a mol, du bist farlibt in mir.
es klingt in mayne oyern,
vi dos shir-hashirim lid,
tsu hern dos vel ikh nit vern mid.
es tantst in mir dos harts
fun glik un freyd,
ven ikh her fun dir
di zise reyd,
ven du zogst di verter fir,
fil glik farshaf es mir,
yo, kh’vil es hern nokh a mol fun dir.



Composer: Abraham Ellstein

Length: 3:43
Genre: Yiddish Theater

Performers: Amy Goldstein, Soprano;  Elli Jaffe, Conductor;  Simon Spiro, Tenor;  Vienna Chamber Orchestra

Date Recorded: 10/01/2001
Venue: Baumgartner Casino (A), Vienna, Austria
Engineer: Hughes, Campbell
Assistant Engineer: Hamza, Andreas
Assistant Engineer: Weir, Simon
Project Manager: Schwendener, Paul

Additional Credits:

Publisher: Music Sales Corp.
Arranger/Orchestrator: Patrick Russ
Yiddish Translations/Transliterations: Eliyahu Mishulovin & Adam J. Levitin
Arrangement © Milken Family Foundation


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