Monday, April 18, 2011

A Little Night Music

Here’s a traditional Passover song that I learned when I was invited to Seder at the Tecosky’s in 1972 as the token Quaker.

Transcript of the English translation below the fold.

One little goat, one little goat
That my father bought for two coins
One little goat, one little goat.

A cat came and ate the little goat
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat one little goat

Then came a dog and bit
The cat that ate the little goat
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat one little goat.

Then came a stick which beat the dog
That bit the cat, that ate the little goat
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came a fire, that burnt the stick
That beat the dog, that bit
The cat that ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came some water that put out the fire
That burnt the stick, that beat the dog,
That bit the cat, that ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came an ox that drank the water, that put out
The fire, that burnt the stick, that beat the dog,
That bit the cat, that ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came a slaughterer that slaughtered the ox,
That drank the water, that put out the fire,
That burnt the stick, that beat the dog,
That bit the cat, that ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came the angel of death, that slaughtered the slaughterer,
That slaughtered the ox, that drank the water,
That put out the fire, that burnt the stick,
That beat the dog, that bit the cat,
That ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.

Then came the Holy One blessed be He,
And slaughtered the angel of death,
That slaughtered the slaughterer, that slaughtered the ox,
That drank the water, that put out the fire,
That burnt the stick, that beat the dog,
That bit the cat, that ate the little goat,
That my father bought for two coins,
One little goat, one little goat.