Synagogue in Subotica

“Durme, durme” is a common Jewish lullaby from the Balkans. There are many different lyrics of the song, and many different melodies, but all tend to do the same thing. They tell the child of the life they can expect: school, marriage, etc.–the process, and sorrows, of life. One of my favorite versions is on The Sephardic Experience, volume 2: Apples and Honey.

Sleep, sleep, my angel

Little son of the nation

Creature of Zion

Know no sorrow.

Why do you ask my name

and why I do not sing?

My wings have been clipped

and my voice has been silenced,

A world of sorrow.