We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.
/

about

"Brivele is a Seattle-based anti-fascist klezmer folk-punk trio who braid together oral history, Yiddish language, contemporary and old-country musical genres, American Vaudeville, and visual arts.

Brivele is pronounced "BREE-veh-leh" (בריוועלע) and means "Little Letter" in Yiddish."

Taken from "Cradle Songs, Grave Songs" - brivele.bandcamp.com/album/cradle-songs-grave-songs

brivele.bandcamp.com
www.brivele.com
www.instagram.com/brivelemusic
www.facebook.com/brivele

lyrics

Pak zikh ayn, pak zikh ayn
Ver ken nit dos refreyn
Dort muz men zayn nisht gelingen
Mirn zey dos lidl zingen
Pak zikh ayn, pak zikh ayn

Pack your things, move along
It’s time to sing the same old song
We live our lives in many places
Braiding together our many faces
Pack your things, pack your things

Time to go, we sing again
Been crossing borders since Eden
We will never be confined
We carry homeland in our mind
Pak zikh ayn, pak zikh ayn

Though my voice is wearing thin
When it cracks the light gets in
So I sing, so I sing

In dokh zing ikh, oy oy oy, zing ikh
(Yet still I sing)
In dokh tantz ikh, oy oy oy, tantz ikh
(Yet still I dance)
In dokh leyb ikh, oy oy oy, leyb ikh
(Yet still I live)

The task ahead is incomplete
We may not finish, but cannot retreat
Remember the Nakba, the key and lock
Remember the tea was still hot
Pak zikh ayn, pak zikh ayn
And though they say I have no home
No land on which to rest my bones
Mir zaynen do, and still I live

Aza yor af mayne sonim
Vos fara tam vos fara ponim
In mayn vandl af di vegn
S’hot mayn lebn, mayn farmegn
Pak zikh ayn, pak zikh ayn

I wish upon my enemies
Stiff arms that cannot bend or swing
We will starve ‘til we discover
In doykeit we can feed each other

Though my body cannot stand
Though I have no feet or hands
Still I dance, still I dance

In dokh tantz ikh, oy oy oy, tantz ikh
In dokh zing ikh, oy oy oy, zing ikh
In dokh leyb ikh, oy oy oy, leyb ikh

With this body full of sorrow
Broken bones still hurt tomorrow
We’ll fight along side one another
Our freedom is bound up with each other
So we live, together we live

In dokh leyb ikh, oy oy oy, leyb ikh
In dokh tantz ikh, oy oy oy, tantz ikh
In dokh zing ikh, oy oy oy, zing ikh

credits

from From the River to the Sea: The Horrible Truth About Palestine - a Fundraiser for the United Palestinian Appeal, released July 7, 2021
Attributions:

“Pak zikh ayn (Pack Up)” from the Stonehill Jewish Song Archive, sung by Shmerke Kacerginski, written by Leyb Rosental, transcribed by Miriam Isaacs.

“Khotsh ikh hob kayn heym nisht (Though I Have No Home)” from the Stonehill Jewish Song Archive, transcribed by Miriam Isaacs.

English lyrics by Brivele.

Recorded by Ross Kirshenbaum in November 2019 at 7 Hills Studio in Seattle, WA.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Audio Antihero London, UK

Audio Antihero Records: Specialists in Commercial Suicide.

Small label originally from South London, now in silly Brooklyn. Keeping the dream alive.

Home to Frog, Cloud, Nosferatu D2, Magana, Benjamin Shaw, CHUCK, Superman Revenge Squad Band, Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love and more.
... more

contact / help

Contact Audio Antihero

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this track or account

If you like Audio Antihero, you may also like: