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Leyg ikh mayn kepele



Leyg ikh mayn kepele




[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

The singer lays her head on her mother’s bed; her mother has pleasure from her daughter, calls her beautiful, she should sleep in good health.
The singer lays her head on her father’s bed; he comments on her beautiful black eyes, he has pleasure from his daughter, she should sleep in good health.
The singer lays her head on her husband’s bed; he has kind words for her, has pleasure from her loves her, she should sleep in good health.
She lays her head on her mother-in-law’s bed; she curses her and says she doesn’t do any work, and sleeps constantly.


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