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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One of our new Hanukkah songs: "Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do"

From the concert I gave with Aviva Enoch last night, The song is on our Mrs Maccabee's Kitchen cd:




Jane Peppler and Aviva Enoch of Cabaret Warsaw play Hanukkah music in North Carolina

Here are the words I wrote to this old blues tune:

There ain't nothin I can do
There's nothin I can say
That folks won't criticize me
So I'm gonna do just as I want to anyway
I don't care if they all despise me

If instead of ham and biscuit I fix bialys, borsht & brisket
Ain't nobody's business what I do
If instead of caroling I prefer to fry bimuelos and sing Maoz-tsur
Ain't no body's business what I do

If I prefer to spin the dreydl 'stead of singin 'bout that cradle
If I refuse to worship Zeus or bow to any golden goose

If instead of singing 'Deck the Halls' I stay home and eat matzah balls
Ain't nobody's business what I do
If you don't like my benediction don't give me any friction
Ain't nobody's business what I do

If I light candles every night it shouldn't provoke a fight
If I don't care for pickled prawn, if I stay up till dawn playing s'vivon

If I'd rather be studying Mishnah than chanting Hare Krishna
If I'd rather go to bed than stay up and wait for the Man in Red

If I choose New York pastrami over your artisan salami
Ain't nobody's business what I do
If I fire up my menorah sing 'Ner Li' and dance the horah
Ain't nobody's business
Ain't nobody's business
Ain't nobody's business what I do

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