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Mayn Layb

by Lucette van den Berg

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"Mayn Layb" (My Body) is about becoming who you are, in balance with yourself and nature.
Accepting age as an enrichment, and finally see the purpose of life. It is all set in a mystical fairytale style with touches of classical and popmusic.


Mayn Layb -
Mayn layb
biz nor vi a beymershtam in vald
Gevendt tsu der heykh
Mit ale zayne glider
Di benkshaft grint oyf s’nay
Mit a yeder yunger libe -

Nor mayn shotn
vi a shleyer
Oysgevebt fun dinstn troyer
Nemt shoyn fun mayn geshtolt di mos
Far vartndiker erd
Far faykhtn groz.

Frird der zumertog in dem arayngepast
Fun shmaln shotnfos
Un tunkeler vert dos groz
Bay mayne fis
Glaykh ’s volt es grod barirt
Der ershter heykh fun harbst

Nor mayn shotn
vi a shleyer
Oysgevebt fun dinstn troyer
Nemt shoyn fun mayn geshtolt di mos
Un farshvestert mikh,
Mit faykhtn gros

Un in mayn blut
Her sikh veynen di velt
Un dos nisht-geboyrene lid.

English translation:

My body is like a tree trunk in the forest
It extends to the heights
with all its branches
desire grows again
with every young love

Only my shadow
is a veil
spun from the thinnest grief
measures my stature
for the waiting earth
and the damp grass.

The summer day is chilling
In the band
from the narrow shadow vessel
And the grass is getting darker
At my feet
As if it was just touched
by the first breath of autumn

Only my shadow
Is a veil
spun from the thinnest grief
And measures my stature
And soothes me
With the damp grass

And in my blood
you can hear the world weep
and the unborn song


released September 9, 2020
Music: Lucette van den Berg
Lyrics: Rokhl Korn
Arrangement: Lucette van den Berg


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Lucette van den Berg Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lucette van den Berg is one of the leading voices of a new generation of Yiddish singers.

Lucette is a striking performer, with an exceptionally warm and expressive voice. Her unique repertoire includes new material produced by composers such as Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, Alan Bern (Brave Old World) and poet / composer Mikhoel Felsenbaum, as well as Yiddish compositions of her own.
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