I learned this song when I was a very young girl (in English) and I would like us to sing this in the Starling Cloud Choir, so please learn the chorus and practice some harmony if you can. I want to change the last few syllables because the English lyrics I sung were awkward. Any better suggestions would be appreciated!
This video is a moving performance of the song in Yiddish by pupils at the Lycée La Fontaine in Paris.
Tumbala tumbala tum balalaika Tumbala tumbala tum
balalaika Tum balalaika, play balalaika Tum balalaika, happy you'll be.