Papirosn Cigarettes lyrics Herman Yablokoff music traditional

 Papirosn   Cigarettes lyrics Herman Yablokoff music traditional

(verses 1 and 3 of the original)

A kalte nakht, a nepldike, finster umetum

Shteyt a yingele fartroyert un kukt zikh arum

Fun regn shitst im nor a vant, a koshikl halt er in hant

Un zayne oygn betn yedn shtum

Ikh hob shoyn nit keyn koyekh mer arumtsugeyn in gas

Hungerik un opgerisn, fun dem regn nas

Ikh shlep arum zikh fun baginen

Keyner git nit tsu fardinen

Ale lakhn makhn fun mir shpas

REFRAIN

Kupitye, koyf zhe, koyf zhe papirosn

Trukene, fun regn nit fargosn

Koyf zhe, bilik benemones

Koyft un hot oyf mir rakhmones

Ratevet fun hunger mikh atsind

Kupitye, koyf zhe shvebelekh antikn

Dermit vet ir a yoseml derkvikn

Umzist mayn shrayen un mayn loyfn

Keyner vil bay mir nit koyfn

Oysgeyn vel ikh muzn vi a hint

Ikh hob gehat a shvesterl a kind fun der natur

Mit mir tsuzamen zikh geshlept hot zi a gantse yor

Mit ir geven iz mir fil gringer. Laykhter vern flegt der hinger

Ven ikh fleg a kuk ton nor oyf ir

Mit a mol gevorn iz zi shvakh un zeyer krank

Oyf mayne hent geshtorbn iz zi oyf a gasnbank

Un az ikh hob zi farloyrn, hob ikh alts ongevoryrn

Zol der toyt shoyn kumen oykh tsu mir

Papirosn lyrics Herman Yablokoff music traditional

A cold night, foggy, darkness everywhere
A boy stands sadly and looks around
Only a wall protects him from the rain
He holds a basket in his hand
And his eyes beg everyone silently:

I don't have any strength left to walk the streets
Hungry and ragged, wet from the rain
I walk around from dawn
Nobody gives me any earnings
Everyone laughs and makes fun of me


REFRAIN

Please, Buy my cigarettes!
Dry ones, not wet from the rain
Buy real cheap
Buy and have pity on me
Save me from hunger now

Buy my matches, wonderful ones, the best
And with that you will uplift an orphan
My cries and my running will be for nought
Nobody wants to buy from me  
In the end I'll perish like a dog



I had a little sister, a child of nature
Together we moved around for an entire year
With her, it was much easier for me
My hunger would become lighter

When I glanced at her

Suddenly she became weak and very sick
She died in my arms on a street bench
And when I lost her

I lost everything
Let death come already for me, too.