Tevye's Dream

Chaim Topol, Miriam Karlin

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Chaim Topol

Chaim Topol (Hebrew: חיים טופול‎, born September 9, 1935), also spelled Haym Topol, mononymously known as Topol, is an Israeli theatrical, film, and television actor, singer, comedian, voice artist, film producer, author, and illustrator. He is best known for his portrayal of Tevye the Dairyman, the lead role in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, on both stage and screen, having performed this role more than 3,500 times in shows and revivals from the late 1960s through 2009.Topol began his acting career during his Israeli army service in the Nahal entertainment troupe, and later toured Israel with kibbutz theatre and satirical theatre companies. He was a co-founder of the Haifa Theatre. His breakthrough film role came in 1964 as the title character in Sallah Sh… more »


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This was my dream, in the beginning I dreamt
That we were having a celebration of some kind
Everybody we knew was there, musicians too
And then in the middle of the dream in walks
Your grandma Tzietl, may she rest in peace

Grandma Tzietl, how did she look?
For a woman who's been dead for thirty years
She looked very good, naturally, I went up to greet her
And she said to me

A blessing on your head, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
To see a daughter wed, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
And such a son-in-law like no one ever saw
The tailor Motel Camzoil, Motel

A worthy boy is he, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
Of pious family, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
They named him after my dear uncle Mordachai
The tailor Motel Camzoil

A tailor? She must have heard wrong, she meant a butcher

You must have heard wrong grandma, there's no tailor
You mean the butcher grandma by the name of Lazer-Wolfe
No, I mean a tailor Tevye, my great grandchild
My little Tzietl who you named for me
Motel's bride was meant to be

For such a match I prayed, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
In heaven it was made, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
A fine upstanding boy, a comfort and a joy
The tailor Motel Camzoil

But we announced it already we made a bargain with the butcher

But we announced it grandma to our neighbors
We made a bargain grandma with the butcher Lazer-Wolfe
No, no, no, so you announced it Tevye that's your headache
But as for Lazer-Wolfe I say to you, Tevye that's your headache too

A blessing on your house, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
Imagine such a spouse, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
And such a son-in-law like no one ever saw
The tailor Motel Camzoil

It was the butcher
The tailor Motel Camzoil
It was Lazer-Wolfe
The tailor Motel Camzoil

Look who is this, who is this, who comes here
Who, who, who, who, what woman is this?
By righteous and is shaking
Could it be, sure, yes it could, why not
Who could be mistaken

It's the butcher's wife come from beyond the grave
It's the butcher's dear, darling, departed wife

Fruma Sarah
Fruma Sarah
Fruma Sarah

Tevye, Tevye, Tevye
What is this about your daughter marrying my husband?
Yes, he's her husband

Would you do this to your friend and neighbor, Fruma Sarah
Have you no consideration for a woman's feelings
Handing over my belongings to a total stranger

How can you allow it out, how can you let your daughter
To take my place, live in my house, carry my keys
And wear my clothes, pearls, how?

How can you allow your daughter to take her place
House, keys, clothes, pearls

Such a learned man as Tevye wouldn't, let it happen
Tell me that it isn't true and then I wouldn't worry
Say you didn't give your blessing to your daughter's marriage
Let me tell you what would follow such a fataled wedding

If Tzietl marries Lazer-Wolfe I pity them both
She'd live with him three weeks and when three weeks are up
I'll come to her by night, I'll take her by the throat
And this I'll give your Tzietl, that I'll give your Tzietl, this I'll give your Tzietl

Here's my wedding present if she marries Lazer-Wolfe
It's an evil spirit may it fall into the river, may it sink into the earth
Such a dark and horrible dream and to think
It was brought on by that butcher

If my grandma Tzietl, may she rest in peace
Took the time to come all the way from the other world to tell us
About the tailor all we can say is that it's for the best
And it couldn't possibly get any better, Amen, Amen

A blessing on my head, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
My Grandma Tzietl said, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
We'll have a son-in-law like no one ever saw
The tailor Motel Camzoil

We haven't got the man, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
We had when we began, Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov
But since your grandma came, she'll marry, what's his name

The tailor Motel Camzoil, the tailor Motel Camzoil
The tailor Motel Camzoil, the tailor Motel Camzoil
Thank you

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