Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn

Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn  To Me You Are Lovely

(Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen) lyrics Jacob Jacobs music Sholom Secunda

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Kh'vil dir zogn                                                  I want to tell you

Dir glaykh tsu hern                                           And you'll like hearing it

                                                                         (Or "So you'll hear me directly")

Az du zolst mir libe derklern                            That you must make clear your love

Ven du redst mit di oygn                                  When you speak with your eyes

Volt ikh mit dir gefloygn                                   I would fly away with you

Vu du vilst, s'art mikh nit on                             Where you like, it doesn't matter to me

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Ven du host a bisele seykhl                              When you have a little bit of good sense

Un ven du vayzt dayn kindershn shmeykhl      And when you show your childlike smile

Bistu a makhmir vegetarianer           (Ok, this is our own re-write : If you're a "religiously strict" vegetarian)

Bist afile a galitsianer                                      Even if you're a Galitsianer

Zog ikh – dos art mikh nit                               I say -- it doesn't bother me

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Bay mir bistu sheyn                                          To me, you are lovely

Bay mir hostu kheyn                                          To me, you have charm

Bay mir bistu eyner oyf der velt                          To me, you are one in the world

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Bay mir bistu git                                               To me you are good

Bay mir hostu “it”                                               To me you have "it"

Bay mir bistu tayere fun gelt                          To me you are more precious than money

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Fil sheyne yingelekh hobn gevolt                       Many lovely young men wanted

Nemen mikh                                                      To take me

Nor fun zey ale oysgeklibn                                 But from all of them, I've chosen

Hob ikh nor dikh                                                 Only you

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Bay mir bistu sheyn                                          To me, you are lovely

Bay mir hostu kheyn                                          To me, you have charm

Bay mir bistu eyner oyf der velt                          To me, you are one in the world