Hey Zhankoye

by Ricky Riot

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This Socialist folk song is about a farm commune of Jewish people in Crimea during the Stalin era. After this community was destroyed by Nazis, other versions of this song were recorded with a more cynical tone.


Yiddish lyrics and music: traditional
English translation of first verse: Pete Seeger
English translation of third verse: Ricky Riot
Piano and vocals: Ricky Riot




Ricky Riot Boston, Massachusetts

Ricky Riot (who is actually going by Itai these days) played in the former band Schmekel. (transjews.bedlogic.net), the world's only all-trans schtick-rock band. Now, he writes about overthrowing capitalism and the patriarchy. Look out for the budding project Klezmermaid, recordings coming soon! ... more

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