When Yiddish theater rocked the world

Well, the Lower East Side and parts of Europe, anyway. This is the front cover of sheet music published in 1920 by the Hebrew Publishing Co., then at 50 Eldridge Street (click on the photo to get a better look at their cool logo). If anyone reads Hebrew or Yiddish, I’d love to know the title and what it’s about. The artwork sure is beautiful.

Some sample lyrics and music below. Columbus, America, Uncle Sam, land dus freie….I tried to find a translation but came up empty.

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2 Responses to “When Yiddish theater rocked the world”

  1. Topov Says:

    The Yiddish on the cover is the same as the transliteration below in English letters of the title and composers.

    Of the song, the title translates as: Columbus I Have Nothing Against You

    America this land of (the) free
    with a guitar I can’t complain, it pleases me
    Everyone doesn’t have to be rich men

    …sorry, its a weird transliteration and I can’t really make it out. I’ll try reciting it to someone who knows it much better!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s so cool, thanks! I’d like to hear Matisyahu do it.

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