“Dem Nayntn Yanuar [Ninth of January],” a Jewish folk song that references the Bloody Sunday March of 1905, was originally collected by ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovsky. Eléonore Weill, vocalist and flutist for new-traditional klezmer band Tsibele, composed and arranged a new melody for the band. “Dem Nayntn Yanuar” is on Tsibele’s album It’s Dark Outside – Indroysn iz Finster.
“On the ninth of January we wept and wailed
As they took our brothers from the stock exchange* to the jail
Soon as we got there, we all took a vow:
“Brothers and sisters, don’t be afraid of any jails
Come out of the jails to awaken the people,
Come out of the jails with bombs and dynamite.
Destroy the tyrants who are sucking our blood.
“They suck our blood like it’s the best wine
The czar and the government should go to hell–
And they will.
“When someone yelled: Jews, Muslims, and Christians,
We responded with: Down with Capitalism!
Then we, the workers, will raise our heads.
The world will be renewed,
when we, the workers, are free.”