A Yiddish Lullaby – Pretty Like the Moon – Sheyn vi di levone

Last weekend I recorded my husband’s 92 year old grandmother, Edna Pomerantz, singing a verse of a Yiddish Lullaby. It’s called Sheyn vi di levone, or Pretty Like the Moon, in English.

Here you can hear the recording and read the transliterated Yiddish lyrics, followed by an English translation (the last line might be a little different in the recording):

MP3 of Sheyn vi di levone

Sheyn vi di levone
(Yiddish Transliteration)

Sheyn vi di levone,
Likhtik vi di shtern,
Fun himl a matone,
Bistu mir tzugeshikt!

Pretty Like the Moon
(English Translation)

Pretty like the moon
Bright like the stars
From Heaven you were
Sent to me as a present.

Many thanks to Grandma Edna for singing this song for us and to Monique Palomares of Mama Lisa’s World en français for helping me with the translation!

-Lisa

Come visit the Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Israel Page for more Yiddish songs.

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11 Responses to “A Yiddish Lullaby – Pretty Like the Moon – Sheyn vi di levone”

  1. Chaim Katzenellenbogen Says:

    I sure did like the beautiful song but grandma Edna, or in yiddish bobe Edna.

  2. shimke (stanley) levine Says:

    This was a popular theater song in interwar Poland. A European-born friend of my mothers with an irresistable personality got her to join her in dancing while she sung this tune. It is in the NYT Book of Yiddish Theater Songs.
    PS: it is much too lively to be effective as a lullaby, at least as I know it. It could get the baby up dancing!

  3. Lisa Says:

    Shimke – I’d love to hear that version! -Mama Lisa

  4. monica Says:

    it is a love song, describing the lover’s attributes, “You were a gift from heaven with eyes like stars, teeth like pearls, charms,…” etc.

  5. shimke Says:

    Lis,
    thanks for this site. as for the version — both of the women are no longer with us. The friend, who did the singing, years ago. My Mom passed away this past April. I never recorded it. We don’t realize what rare treasures we have till we lose them…

  6. AJ Says:

    Lovely. My great grandmother supposedly sang a verse that went something like “kussin ninny kussin ke”. This, together with a circular hand movement supposedly put my mother to into a trance like state and caused her to fall asleep in short order! I have no idea what the yiddish translates to – if anyone can help, I’d be grateful!

    AJ

  7. Jen LandauPrior Says:

    Thank you Thank you thank you! My grandmother would sing this to me and she passed away last year. I never wrote it down or recorded it. Now im having two baby girls and I wantes to sing it to them. Thank you for finding the lyrics! Im so happy! Do you know if there’s a recording anywhere of the entire song?
    Jennifer

  8. Ursula Wahl Says:

    hallo,
    I’m looking for text and melody : lullaby in yiddish
    my english is not so good
    can you help me,I’m german grandmother and I want play piano and sing
    this song for the little children of my dother
    thankyou Ursula Wahl

  9. Lisa Says:

    Ursula – do you know any of the lyrics that you’re looking for?

  10. rhonda Says:

    thanks for posting this, brought back lovely memories!

  11. Shaun Says:

    My grandmother would also sing this to me as a lullaby. She was Polish, but escaped from Belgium to New York during the Holocaust. This song always reminds me of her.

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