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Vos-zhe vilstu mayn lib kind


Vos-zhe vilstu mayn lib kind




[Prompting from listeners.]
[Note from typewritten tape log in box:] These [marriage songs] are not songs of ceremonials or rites. These are songs which touch upon the marriage theme, either in jest, satirically, in dance or even in a children’s rhyme like [Tape 70] No. 3. Sometimes they bear the mark of the marriage entertainer (badkhn). [Handwritten note:] Like [Tape 70] No. 5.

Compare song #14 on this tape: “Tsu vos-zhe gibn dir, mayn libe kind?” Very similar words, both in 3/4 meter. But #9 chorus is in major key, #14 in minor key. #9 is humorous; #14 is much darker, and talks a lot about the various types of husbands beating their wives.


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