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Dreidel,Dreidel,Dreidel


Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel is a children's Chanukah song from Let's Eat.

Origins

The lyricist for the English version is Samuel S. Grossman and the composer of the English version is listed as Samuel E. Goldfarb (also S. E. Goldfarb). The Yiddish version was both written and composed by Mikhl Gelbart (Yiddish: : מיכאל געלבאַרט‎[1]) (pseudonym Ben Arn), but he listed the author as Ben Arn, a pseudonym referring to himself as the son of Aaron. There is a question about who composed this music, as the melody for both the Yiddish and the English versions are precisely the same. The meaning of the lyrics to the Yiddish and English versions is largely the same. However, in English the singer sings about a dreidel, whereas in the Kafkaesque original Judeo-German version, the singer is the four-sided spinning top made out of ‘blay’ (Yiddish: בלײַ‎), which is lead. The original version is historically accurate. In the English version the singer has a four-sided spinning top made out of clay, yet clay is not easily spun.

Song Credits

Song Lyrics

I have a little dreidel

I made it out clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then dreidel I shall play

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Then dreidel I shall play

It has a lovely body

With legs all short and thin

And when it gets all tired

It drops and then I win

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Then dreidel I shall play

My dreidel's always playful

It loves to dance and spin

A happy game of dreidel

Come play now, let's begin

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Then dreidel I shall play

I have a little dreidel

I made it out clay

And when it's dry and ready

Then dreidel I shall play

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

I made it out of clay

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Then dreidel I shall play

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