Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

8.  Erran Baron Cohen (feat. Jules Brookes & Y-Love) – “Dreidel”

Why it’s on the list… This one’s another not-so-subtle reminder of how great it is that some of us are celebrating holidays way older than Christmas this time of year.

Selected Lyrics:

Jewish Rapper Y-Love sings a hip-hop-inflected version of the traditional song “Oh Chanukah.” Here’s a transliteration of some of the lyrics(according to Wikipedia):

“…Chanukah oy Chanukah

A yontif a sheyner,

A lustiker a freylekher

Nisht do nokh azoyner

Ale nakht mit dreydlech shpiln mir,

Frishe heyse latkes, esn on a shir…”


“…Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

A beautiful celebration.

Such a cheerful and happy one,

There is none like it.

Every night with the dreidels we will play,

Fresh, hot latkes we will eat endlessly…”



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One response

8 12 2010

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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