Surprising Finds

by Metropolitan Klezmer

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With special guests: Howie Leess, clarinet, track 15 suite
Phillip Karpel, vocals, tracks 6, 10, 14, 15

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released February 13, 2014

Produced by Eve Sicular
Recorded 2002 and 2003 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn NY
Recorded and mastered by Jim Clouse
Mixed by Eve Sicular, Jim Clouse and Debra Kreisberg
© Rhythm Media Records, 2003
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Metropolitan Klezmer New York, New York

METROPOLITAN KLEZMER, established in 1994, brings eclectic exuberance to Yiddish musical genres from all over the map. Performing vibrant versions of lesser-known gems from wedding dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, as well as soundtrack material from vintage Yiddish films, they re-invent tradition with both irreverence and respect… an exhilarating journey! ... more

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Track Name: Ot Azoy Neyt a Shnayder [That's The Way a Tailor Sews]
Ot azoy neyt a shnayder
Ot azoy varft er shtekh

A shnayder neyt un neyt un neyt
Un hot kadukhes, nit keyn breyt

[That's the way a tailor sews
That's how he throws the stiches

A tailor sews and sews and sews
And has plagues, but not any bread]

[Liner notes contain Yiddish lyrics, transliteration and English translation]
Track Name: Shpil Du Fidl, Shpil
Play you fiddle, play
Play a lovesong for me
Only you alone know
How it haunts and tugs at my heart...

[Complete lyrics in Yiddish, transliteration and English translation in liner notes]
Track Name: Dray Shvester [Three Sisters]
In England is a town called Leicester
And in London there is such a square.
In this square three sisters stand every day,
The girls they know someone or other.

The youngest one sells flowers there,
The middle girl, shoe laces and bows,
And late at night you can see
The eldest one, who sells herself.

The two younger ones both regard
Their older sister without hate;
Because all three girls look with contempt
On the world, and the city, and the street.

And yet, when the two youngest come back
To the nest they call "home",
They moisten the flowers and shoelaces
With tear which stay private.

[Yiddish lyrics, transliteration and English translation in liner notes]