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Under the Child's Rocking Cradle. A Yiddish folksong in the style of a lullaby sung by Jan Bart with William Gunther and his orchestra.
From Request lp RLP 8038, Best Loved Jewish Songs, NY n/d
The Yiddish lyrics, in translation, are:
Under this child's cradle
Stands a white goat
The goat went away
To bring back raisins and almonds
Raisins and almonds are very sweet
My child will be healthy and fresh
Good health is the most important thing
My child will learn Torah
Torah will he learn
Holy books will he write
A good child and pious one
Will my child remain
For a slightly different version of this song, go to Browse Collections, select YIVO Ethnographic Commitee Records, and click on Digital Gallery. Select 'Folk Song.' This second version of the lullaby was collected by YIVO in Poland before World War II. YIVO sent ethnographers to different localities. Local informants provided the lyrics and sometimes music of the songs they had heard as children or the songs they still sung at that time.