In Droysn Iz Finster (It's Dark Outside)

from Love Songs by The Nightingale Trio

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It's dark outside -- where have you gone?
A song collected by Ruth Rubin from a Yiddish singer originally from Grodno, Lithuania. This version arranged by our dear friend Olga Amelkina-Vera.

It is dark outside. It's dark outside and late at night. There isn't a hum, not a stir, not a bird is on the wing in the street.
Where were you? I want to have a word with you.
Where were you? I want to be together.

Come on out, my sweet darling. I stand here waiting in the street, I'm alone and bewildered.
Come on out, I want to talk to you.
Come on out, I want to walk with you.

Oh your lovely face and your black little eyes, your sweet mouth and pretty white teeth.
Where have you been? I want to have a word with you.
Come on out, I want to be together.
(translation from www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Ii19xXtIM)

lyrics

אין דרױסן איז פֿינסטער

Indroysn iz finster,
Indroysn iz finster, s'iz spet baynacht
Men hert kay zhum, kayn shorkh, Kayn feygele flien oyf der gas.

Avu bistu geven?
Kh'vil mit dir tsvey verter redn,
Avu bistu geven?
Kh'vil mit dir tsuzamen geyn.

To kum aroys tsu mir,
mayn tayere zis lebn,
Ikh shtey un vart in gas, ikh veys aleyn nit farvos,

Kum zhe aroys,
kh'vil mit dir tsvey verter redn,
Kum zhe aroys,
kh'vil mit dir tsuzamen zayn.

Oy dayn sheyn ponim,
mit dayne shvartsinke ochkelekh,
Oy un dayn moyl mit dayne sheyne vaysinke tseyn.

Avu biztu geven?
Kh'vil mit dir tsvey verter redn,
Kum zhe aroys,
kh'vil mit dir tsuzamen zayn.

credits

from Love Songs, released March 19, 2020
song learned from a field recording by Ruth Rubin
arranged by Olga Amelkina-Vera (olgaamelkinavera.com)

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The Nightingale Trio is village harmonies, birdsong lullabies, and moonlit round dances. They reignite the flame of women's folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

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