Bin ikh mir a khosidl

[I am a little Hassid]

[See lectures: Ashkenazi Food; Kings and Queens

Bin ikh mir a khosidl, a freylekhe brie,I'm a little Hassid, a happy being,
Bin ikh mir a khosidl, gor on pnie,I'm a little Hassid, without pretension
Bin ikh mir a khosidl, a khosidak,I'm a little Hassid, a Hassid,
Tants ikh mir a freylekhn hop-tshik-tshak!I dance a happy little dance! 
  
Hering mit broyt iz bay mir a maykhl.Herring and bread is my food. 
Abi ikh shtop zikh on dos baykhl,As long as I fill my belly,
Un kartoflyes far a pitak!And potatoes are cheap,
Tants ikh mir a freylekhn hop-tshik-tshak!I dance a happy little dance!
  
Taybenyu, mayn vayb, zogt tsu mir:Taybenyu, my wife, says to me: 
- S'iz nito oyf shabes, vey tsu dir;- There's nothing for the sabbath, oy,
Leydik iz mayn keshene, nito keyn pitak!My pocket is empty, not a kopek!
Tants ikh mir a freylekhn hop-tshik-tshak!I dance a happy little dance!
  
Peysakh kumt, bin ikh mir freylekh,Passover arrives, and I'm happy, 
Mayn vayb a malke un ikh a meylekh;My wife's a queen and I'm a king;
Matses hobn mir a fuln zak!We have a full sack of matzot!
Tants ikh mir a freylekhn hop-tshik-tshak!I dance a happy little dance!