Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Eighth Night Of Chanukah! Light All the Candles With the Chipmunks

Tonight's the last night of Chanukah.  It's been fun sharing video clips of Hanukkah celebrations and candle lightings from around the world.  Let's enjoy the last day of Hanukkah singing along with the Chipmunks as they sing a parody of the Chipmunk Song.

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Here's the video.  We're reproducing the lyrics and translations of the Yiddish expressions just below the frame.

Dave: All right you chipmunks, ready to sing your Chanukah jingle?
Moishe: Oy, what a day I'm having here...
Simon: Oh, let's sing it anyway
Dave: Ready, Simon?
Simon: OK!
Dave: OK, Moishe?
Moishe: OK!
Dave: Melvin? ... Melvin? ... MELVIN!!!
Melvin: Oy vey!

Chipmunks: Chanukah's a time for all
With menorahs, matzah balls
Light the candles, eight across
Potato latkes, applesauce
Christmas jingles last too long
Melvin: We just have that dreidel song
Chipmunks: Sing meshuggeneh and oy
Them goys get all the toys

Dave: Very good, boys. Simon, you bring me such nakhes
Simon: Oy, gevalt!
Dave: Moishe, what a gesinte voice
Moishe: (giggles)
Dave: Melvin, you're a little farmishte farkakte
Dave: Melvin? Melvin? MELVIN!!!
Melvin: Oy vey!

Chipmunks: Christmas jingles last too long
Melvin: We just have that dreidel song
Chipmunks: Sing meshuggeneh and oy
Them goys get all the toys

Dave: That was much better my little mamzers
Melvin: Let's sing about Yom Kippur and Passover!
Dave: Ah, don't be a khazer now
(chipmunks all talking at once)
All: Happy holiday!

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Yiddish translations:
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Oy, Oy Vey: an expression of distress
Menorah: candelabrum (Simon lights one in this video)
Matzah balls: a round dumpling of unleavened bread crumbs and egg traditionally found in chicken soup
Latkes: potato pancakes, a traditional Chanukah food
Dreidel: a four-sided spinning top used in a game traditionally played during Chanukah (Melvin holds one during this video)
Meshuggeneh: crazy
Goys: gentiles
Nakhes: the joy that a parent gets from a child's accomplishments
Oy gevalt: an expression of extreme distress (I don't know why he would say it here)
Gesinte: healthy
Farmishte: mixed up, confused
Farkakte: screwed up, lousy (more literally: crappy)
Mamzer: bastard (it's not a nice word; I don't know why he's using it here)
Yom Kippur: a fall holy day of fasting
Passover: a spring holiday remembering the Exodus from Egypt
Khazer: pig