SHIR HAFALAFEL

FELLAFEL DANCE 

Lechol medinah kan ba'olam
ma'achal le'umi hamukar lechulam,
vekol yeled bagan yode'a ki
ha'ochel macaroni hu italki.
La'Ostrim beVienna schnitzel ta'im,
vehatzarfatim ochlim tzfarde'im
hasinim ochlim orez dak verazeh,
vehakanibalim ochlim zeh et zeh.

Velanu yesh falafel,
falafel, falafel,
le'aba matanah
gam ima kan konah,
lesavta haz'kenah
nik'neh chatzi manah.
Vegam hachotenet hayom tekabel
falafel, falafel
im harbeh harbeh harbeh pilpel.

Pa'am k'sheba yehudi leyisrael
nishek la'adamah uverach ha"gomel."
Hayom, hu rak yored min hamatos
uch'var koneh falafel veshoteh gazoz.
Etzlenu ein melech, yesh rak nasi,
aval bam'luchah kvar hesagnu si.
Etzlenu kol yom kam melech chadash -
echad "me'ushar" hasheni "meyo'ash."

Ki lanu yesh falafel,
falafel, falafel,
ki kan moch'rim larov,
meri'ach kol har'chov
reichot shel sumsumin
veshemen parafin.
Vegam tzarevet efshar po lekabel
mifalafel, falafel
im harbeh harbeh harbeh pilpel.

Falafel la'asot zeh lo pashut,
falafel la'asot zot omanut,
veyuchal lehav'chin kol ben teiman
bein falafel shel chovev o shel aman.
Hamatz'chik beyoter hu, allah el azim
falafel asui beyadei ashkenazim!
Bafalafel kazeh tamid tar'gish
min ta'am muzar shel gefilte fish.

Rak lanu yesh falafel,
falafel, falafel,
le'aba matanah
gam ima kan konah,
lesavta haz'kenah
nik'neh chatzi manah.
Ki zeh hama'achal hale'umi shel Yisrael -
falafel, falafel
im harbeh harbeh harbeh pilpel.

SONG OF THE FELAFEL

FALLAFEL 

Every country here in the world
has a national dish that's known to everyone,
and every children in kindergarden knows that
the meal of macaroni is Italian.
The Austrians in Vienna have tasty schnitzel
and the French eat frogs
the Chinese eat fine and delicate rice,
and the canibals eat one another.

And we have falafel,
falafel, falafel,
a present for Dad
even Mom buys it here,
for old Grandma
we'll buy half a portion
And even the mother-in-law will get today
falafel, falafel
with lots and lots of peppers.

Once when a Jew came to Israel
he kissed the ground and blessed the creator
Today, he just gets off the plane
and already goes to buy falafel and drinks pop
Around here we don't have a king, just a president
but we've already reached a peak in the kingdom
Around here each day a new king rises -
a "happy" one, the second "desperate"

Because we have falafel,
falafel, falafel,
for here they sell to the majority,
the whole street smells (of it)
fragrances of sesames
and paraffin oil.
And one can even get heartburn
from falafel, falafel
with lots and lots of peppers.

To make falafel is not easy,
to make falafel is an art,
and any Yemenite will be able to distinguish
between falafel of an amateur or an artist
The funniest thing is, Almighty God,
falafel made by ashkenazis!
In such a falafel you'll always taste
a weird type of taste of gefilte fish.

Only we have falafel,
falafel, falafel,
a present for Dad
even Mom buys it here,
for old Grandma
we'll buy half a portion
For this is the national meal of Israel -
falafel, falafel
with lots and lots of peppers.

 
Hebrew words

LYRICS
Dan Almagor
MUSIC
Moshe Wilensky
SINGER
Nisim Garame
Reviat Ayalon
Tzlilei Ha'od

Words transliterated and translated by George Jakubovits of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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