An Asshole And A Good One

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Psoy: “The song is a philosophical parable about the meaning of “khisaron”. I am grateful to Alexander Kulik for explaining me this concept, which reminds me of what Lacan calls “la manqué (the lackage)”. Kohelet says that “khisaron” (what is lacking) cannot be counted. Meanwhile one“lacks” (needs) the other’s “khisroynes” (lacks, shortcomings) and eventually “counts” them (takes them into account). On the “Peshat” level, the song could be perceived as a Yiddish-Theater-style comic “family duet”, but in fact it may refer to any kind of interaction between two people, or groups, such as, for instance, Jews and their neighbors. This wider meaning is most evident in the English translation, which “constructively lacks” gender forms.

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a putz vus ikh bin, a shats vus di bist // un dir volt mayn leybn gevorn azoy pist // a putz vus ikh bin, a shatzsvus di bist // un dir volt mayn leybn gevorn azoy pist /// a shats vus ikh bin, a putz vus di bist // mit dir volt mayn leybn gevorn azoy pist // a shats vus ikh bin, a putz vus di bist // mit dir volt mayn leybn gevorn azoy pist //
ikh leyb vi a shmuk, // in leyb ikh vi drek // di vaynst in stradayest, ikh bin shoyn avek // ikh leyb vi a shmuk, in leyb ikh vi drek // di vaynst in stradayest, ikh bin shoyn avek /// - di leybst vi a shmuk, di bist take drek // ikh vayn in stradaye, di bist shoyn avek // di leybst vi a shmuk, di bist take drek // ikh vayn in stradaye, di bist shoyn avek //
a shaygets ikh bin, a khazer ikh bin, // in vider ikh fir zikh vi a “sukin syn” // a shaygets ikh bin, a khazer ikh bin, // in vider ikh fir zikh vi a “sukin syn” // - a shaygets di bist, a khazer di bist, // in vider di first zikh vi an “egoyist” // a shaygets di bist, a khazer di bist, // in vider di first zikh vi an “egoyist” //
khutsh bren mikh in brot, khutsh s’trent mikh a ferd // ikh veys alemol az di bist mir bashert // khutsh bren mikh in brot, khutsh s’trent mikh a ferd // ikh veys alemol az di bist mir bashert // - khutsh bren dikh in brot, khutsh nem dikh in tren // mir veln farshtayen zikh nokh alemen // khutsh bren dikh in brot, khutsh nem dikh in tren // mir veln farshtayen zikh nokh alemen //
an asshole I am, a good one you are // lacking your wholeness I will not get far // an asshole I am, a good one you are // lacking your wholeness I will not get far // - a good one I am, an asshole you are // lacking your emptiness I won’t get far // a good one I am, an asshole you are // lacking your emptiness I won’t get far //
Чу!... довище я, хорошая ты // Мне так не хватает твоей полноты // Чудовище я, хорошая ты // Мне так не хватает твоей полноты // - Хорошая я, сам знаешь кто ты, // Мне так не хватает твоей пустоты //A shats vos ikh bin, a putz vos di bist, // mit dir volt mayn leybn gevorn azoy pist //

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from Dicunt, released July 11, 2013
by Psoy, Yiddish by Asya Fruman, English by Mike Lion

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