Meydl, meydl 02:04

Liner Notes

Pinchas Jassinowsky’s Meydl, meydl, a poem by Joseph Rolnik (1879–1955) is a miniature song in which an elderly man (or perhaps a terminally ill man: “I don’t have many years left”) pleads with a young woman (lit., young girl: meydl) to return his love—and presumably to marry him. He has no material wealth to give her in return—only his life. “Take the last years,” he implores her, “for a bit of joy” that, we might assume, he hopes they would both have.

By: Neil W. Levin



Poem: Joseph Rolknik
Sung in Yiddish

My Girl, my girl, love me!
I will give you something;
Not pearls, nor gold,
But my whole life.

I don't have many years left–
That's no secret to either of us–
But take the last ones, my girl,
For a bit of joy.

Poem: Joseph Rolknik

meydl, meydl, hob mikh holt.
ikh vel dir epes gebn;
nit keyn perl, un nit keyn gold,—
nor mayn gantsn lebn.

yorn hob ikh shoyn nit fil—
s’iz keyn sod far beydn—
nem dos letste, meydl. tsu
far a bisele freydn.



Composer: Pinchas Jassinowsky

Length: 02:04
Genre: Art Song

Performers: Raphael Frieder, Baritone;  John Musto, Piano

Date Recorded: 12/01/2001
Venue: Lefrak Concert Hall/Colden Center for the Arts (D), Flushing, New York
Engineer: Lazarus, Tom
Assistant Engineer: Frost, David
Project Manager: Schwendener, Paul

Additional Credits:

Translation: Eliyahu Mishulovin


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