Jewish Immigration to America

Vot Ken Yu Makh? S’iz Amerike (What Can You Do? It's America!)


Vot Ken Yu Makh? S’iz Amerike (What Can You Do? It's America!)


March 6, 1929


Yiddish Theater Music
Immigrants, American Jewish


Hit song from the Yiddish musical Der litvisher yankee (The Litvak Yankee) marveling about how different life is in America:

In Europe, young women get married
And afterwards they have children as is properly done
In America, it's completely different, it's all about saving time
Here they get married later but have the children beforehand.

What can you do? It's America!
It's America, what can you do?

Here, people are trying to save expenses
So they have the wedding together with the bris!

Aaron Lebedeff with orchestra directed by Alexander Olshanetsky
Vocalion 67140 mx. 29396; Recorded in NY . From Der Litvisher Yankee (Jacob Jacobs-Alexander Olshanetsky)


Aaron Lebedeff
Alexander Olshanetsky


Max and Frieda Weinstein Archive of YIVO Sound Recordings


YIVO Institute for Jewish Research






Vinyl Recording


YIVO Sound Recordings - 5


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