Sunday, November 17, 2013

"Chanukah, Oh Chanukah" Gets New Lyrics For Joint Celebration With Thanksgiving


Before music videos with parodies of popular songs appeared on the Internet, the most frequently played Chanukah songs were I Have a Little Dreidel and Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

The latter typically showed up in three versions, the original Yiddish ("Chanukah, oy Chanukah, a yom tov a sheiner, a lustiger a freilicher, nisht do noch a zeiner..."), the Hebrew ("Yemei HaChanukah, chanukat mikdasheinu, b'gil uv'simcha me'maalim et libeinu...") and the English ("Chanukah, oh Chanukah, Come light the menorah, let's have a party, we'll all dance the hora...").

With the first day of Chanukah coinciding with Thanksgiving this year, songwriters everywhere are rushing to publish new versions of this classic song that blend the two holiday traditions. A rendition with some of the best lyrics we've seen so far and retitled The Thanksgivukkah Song was created by Gil Brodsky and in the video below is performed by Gil and Margie Brodsky,  We're including the lyrics just below the video.

Enjoy!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)



Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
Come light the menurkey
Let's have a party
With latkes and turkey.
Maccabbees and Pilgrims
Americans and Jews
Thankfulness and freedom—
The lessons we choose.

Chorus:
So come spin the dreidel,
And lighting the candles we gloat.
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we'll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!
Hearts skip a beat
For we know soon we'll eat
Pumpkin pie and some sufganiot!

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A joyous occasion
Everyone join in
This rare celebration
Lift up high your voices
With songs and with cheers.
The next one won't come for
79 thousand years. (Chorus)

Thanksgivukkah, Thanksgivukkah,
A marvelous yuntiff
Bringing together
The rebbe and pontiff.
Blending our traditions
Can give quite a shock:
Nays gadol hayah sham נס גדול היה שם
At Plymouth Rock (Chorus)

1 comment:

  1. Very clever-------------Not Pontiff,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Just Powahattan

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