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Donna Donna

Posted by shanoah on September 26, 2009

Before I detoured to comedy and scottish music[1], I’d been playing a bunch of Joni Mitchell music. It occurred to me that I’m remiss in having played a bunch of Joni’s music, but not having played any Joan Baez.

So I thought I’d make up for it. Here is one of her better known songs, Donna Donna.

This is a very serious, sorrowful song, originally written in Yiddish. It is in fact, I believe, supposed to be about Jewish people in Nazi Germany. Here is what it sounds like in Yiddish, as played by Klesmer R’s.

Though, if you remember the laughter from the Beatles “I Am the Walrus”,  I tend to picture that in the chorus about the winds laughing. Rather inappropriate, I know…

[1] Two topics that go well together.

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