Posted by: crisdiaz24 | March 16, 2011

IF I WERE A RICH MAN

IF I WERE A RICH MAN

 

 

Oh Dear Lord, you made many, many poor people.
I realize, of course, that it’s no ________________ to be poor.
But it’s no great honour either!
So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?”

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a ________________ man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
___________-deedle-daidle-daidle man.

I’d build a big tall house with the rooms by the dozen,
Right in the middle of the town.
A fine tin roof with real ________________ floors below.
There would be one long staircase just going up,
And one even longer coming down,
And one more ________________ nowhere, just for show.

I’d fill my yard with chicks and turkeys and ________________ and ducks
for the town to see and hear.
Squawking [1]just as noisily as they can

And each ‘agay’ and ‘ago’ and ‘aga’ and ‘aca’
Will land like a ________________ on the ear,
As if to say “Here lives a wealthy man.”

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a ________________ man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
________________-deedle-daidle-daidle man.

I’d see my wife, my Golde, looking like a rich man’s wife
With a proper ________________.
Supervising meals to her heart’s delight.
I see her putting on airs[2] and strutting [3]like a peacock.
Oy, what a happy ________________ she’s in.
Screaming at the servants, day and night.

The most important men in town would come to fawn [4]on me!
They would ask me to advise them,
Like a Solomon the Wise.
If you please, Reb Tevye…”
“Pardon me, Reb Tevye…”
Posing ________________ that would cross [5]a rabbi’s eyes!
And it won’t make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong.
When you’re rich, they think you really know!

If I were rich, I’d have the time that I lack
To sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall[6].
And I’d discuss the holy books with the ________________ men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a ________________ man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.

Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.

Lord, who made the lion and the lamb
You decreed I should be what I am
Would it ________________ some vast eternal plan
If I were a ________________ man?


[1] To squawk: 1 to make an unpleasantly loud sharp cry.

[2] To put on airs (and graces): to behave as if you are more important than you really are.

[3] To strut: to walk in a proud way trying to look important.

[4] To fawn on sby: to praise someone too much and give them a lot of attention which is not sincere in order to get a positive reaction.

[5] Cross-eyed: having eyes that look in towards the nose

[6] The Eastern Wall: The eastern wall (the wall with the ark) is a place of honour in old-style synagogues, and in general you shouldn’t just wander over and sit down there. It is the wall facing towards Jerusalem.

 

KEY

IF I WERE A RICH MAN

 

 

Oh Dear Lord, you made many, many poor people.
I realize, of course, that it’s no shame to be poor.
But it’s no great honour either!
So, what would have been so terrible if I had a small fortune?”

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
idle-deedle-daidle-daidle man.

I’d build a big tall house with the rooms by the dozen,
Right in the middle of the town.
A fine tin roof with real wooden floors below.
There would be one long staircase just going up,
And one even longer coming down,
And one more leading nowhere, just for show.

I’d fill my yard with chicks and turkeys and geese and ducks
for the town to see and hear.
Squawking just as noisily as they can

And each ‘agay’ and ‘ago’ and ‘aga’ and ‘aca’
Will land like a trumpet on the ear,
As if to say “Here lives a wealthy man.”

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
If I were a biddy biddy rich,
idle-deedle-daidle-daidle man.

I’d see my wife, my Golde, looking like a rich man’s wife
With a proper double-chin.
Supervising meals to her heart’s delight.
I see her putting on airs and strutting like a peacock.
Oy, what a happy mood she’s in.
Screaming at the servants, day and night.

The most important men in town would come to fawn on me!
They would ask me to advise them,
Like a Solomon the Wise.
If you please, Reb Tevye…”
“Pardon me, Reb Tevye…”
Posing problems that would cross a rabbi’s eyes!
And it won’t make one bit of difference if I answer right or wrong.
When you’re rich, they think you really know!

If I were rich, I’d have the time that I lack
To sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall.
And I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.

If I were a rich man,
Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.
All day long I’d biddy biddy bum.
If I were a wealthy man.
I wouldn’t have to work hard.

Yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum.

Lord, who made the lion and the lamb
You decreed I should be what I am
Would it spoil some vast eternal plan
If I were a wealthy man?

 

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