Monday, January 14, 2013

The Greatest Hit of all Klezmer, Hava Nagila! Sheet music, chords, lyrics, and a recording

Probably the most widely known Klezmer tune these days all over the world - often played at celebrations, the song starts slow, then steadily increases in tempo, causing the circling dancers to accellerate till their feet are flying!

"Hava Nagila," meaning "Let Us Rejoice," is perhaps the best known Jewish folk song and is a staple for bands playing at Jewish festivals. The melody was taken from a Ukrainian folk song. The lyrics were probably written by Abraham Zvi Idelsohn in 1918 to celebrate the British victory in Palestine during World War I as well as the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
The Lyrics in English:
Let's rejoice
Let's rejoice
Let's rejoice and be happy
Let's sing
Let's sing
Let's sing and be happy
Awake, brothers, awake
Awake, brothers, with a happy heart
Awake, brothers, awake brothers
With a happy heart

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