Tzena, tzena, tzena, tzena habanot, urena
chayalim bamoshava.

Al-na, al-na, al-na, al-na,
Al-na titchabena miben-chayil ish tzava.
Go forth, daughters, and see
soldiers in the settlement.

Do not
Do not be afraid of a soldier, one of the army.



Hebrew words

Translators' notes:
The song dates from the pre-independence days of Israel.
It has been recorded by Pete Seeger, Mitch Miller, and many others.
Singable English translations of Tzena Tzena

Regarding "Tzena," The Weavers had a gigantic hit of this song, sung in Hebrew, in the 50's.
To my knowledge, this was the first Hebrew folksong sung by folksingers to be a popular song hit.

The Weavers deserve a huge place in folkmusic history. Their "Goodnight, Irene" was the first huge folkmusic hit. "Tzena" was immediately covered by others.
Another cover of the song was sung by Vic Damone (Mercury Records, August 1950)

More about the song

COMPOSER Issachar Miron
LYRICS Yechiel Hagiz
Copyright by Issachar Miron and EMI.
SINGER Various including the Gevatron, Parvarim and Yaffa Yarkoni
CD The Parvarim, 40th Anniversary Volume One   Disc 1 Track 9
AUDIO Audio link above from the Ron Eliran website
SHEET MUSIC From Sheet Music
Dvora Lapson 1960 / Moti Alfassy 1979 / Rivka Sturman 1983

Circle dance (all versions)

Words sent in by Ross Presser Gloucester City, New Jersey, USA
Background information sent in by Jim Stokes
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