De Yosl, Yosl à Joseph, Joseph

La première est chantée par Nellie Casman…

« Mayn khayes geyt mir oys,
Ikh fil ikh halt nit oys,
Mayn harts tut mir vey gor on a shir
Es iz mir heys un kalt,
Un ikh ver groy un alt
Un veyst ir mentshn vos es kveylt mir
Di libe brent a shrek
Ikh fil ikh shtarb avek
Nokh mayn Yoslen, mayn darling,
mayn dear
A bokher a sheyner
Mir zol zayn far zayne beyner,
Yosl, ikh krapir nokh dir!

My strength is slipping away
I feel i cant go on
My heart is always aching.
I’m hot and cold,
And im getting grey and old
You all knows what’s bothering me:
Love is burning fearfully
I fell I’m expiring
For my Yosl, my darling, my dear
Handsome fellow
(May he be well)
I’m dying for you!

Oy, oy, oy, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
Oy, oy mayn khayes geyt mir oys on dir.
Oy, oy, oy, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
Dayn malke zitst nokh alts un vart oyf dir.
Oy, oy, oy, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
Ikh kholem yeder nakht nor fun dir,
Un git der yeytser hore
Mikh a mol a tore,
Yosl, ikh krapir nokh dir!

Oy oy oy Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
My life is slipping away without you
Oy oy oy Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
Your queen still sits and waits for you
Oy oy oy Yosl, Yosl, Yosl, Yosl,
I dream only of you every night
When temptation
Beckons me again–
Yosl, I’m dying for you! »

…et la seconde par les Andrew Sisters, une version swing mais tout aussi tendre.

« A certain maid I know, is so afraid her beau
Will never ask her, will she name the day
He calls on her each night, and when she dims the light
It’s ten to one that you would hear her say

Oh Joseph, Joseph, won’t you make your mind up
It’s time I knew just how I stand with you
My heart’s no clock that I can stop and wind up
Each time we make up after being through

So listen Joseph, Joseph time is fleeting
And here and there my hair is turning grey
My mother has a fear, wedding bells I’ll never hear
Joseph, Joseph, won’t you name the day

Oh Joseph, won’t you name the day
Oh Joseph, won’t you name the day
Oh Joseph, won’t you name the day
Name the day, name the day

Oh Joseph, make your mind up
It’s time I knew just how I stand with you
My heart’s no clock that I can wind up
Oh Joseph, each time we make up after we were almost through

Oh Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, time is fleeting
And here and there my hair is turning grey
My mama has a fear, wedding bells I’ll never hear
Oh Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, won’t you name the day

My mama has a fear, wedding bells I’ll never hear
Oh Joseph, why won’t you name the day »

 

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