Tsi darf es azoy zayn?
'Tsi darf es azoy zayn?' (Does it have to be this way?) was another one of the popular creations of the Vilna ghetto theatre's songwriter Kasriel Broydo. Making reference to how much things have changed during the war, the lyrics question why things have to be this way.
English translations by Lloica Czackis and Bella Klein. All lyrics have been adapted and transliterated according to the standardized YIVO Yiddish, except for where is required by rhyme.
This recording, recreated by Gustavo Beytelmann, is from the CD, Tangele: The Pulse of Yiddish Tango available worldwide. The accompanying booklet contains translations of all lyrics to English. Courtesy of Tzadik and Tangele.