The Unternationale: The Fourth Unternational

by Daniel Kahn & Psoy Korolenko

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1.
Eynem a tog, kh’vel oyle zayn In Erets-Turingen arayn Erets-Turingen, Erets-Turingen Erets-Turingen, vu bistu? Eynem a tog, kh’vel soykher zayn In Erets-Turingen arayn Ay ay ay - in Erets-Turingen arayn Ay ay ay ay ay ay Es fort a poyezd vos nemt undz avek Keyn Medines Vaymar tsu freylekhe teg Erets-Turingen, sheyninke land Ver vet undz firn ahin bay der hand? Ay ay ba bay ba ba bay Tra la la la la la Eynem a tog, kh’vel oyle zayn In Erets-Turingen arayn Erets-Turingen, Erets-Turingen, Ikh benk nokh dir! Ikh benk nokh dir! Ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay
2.
“An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your wholeness I will not get far. An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your wholeness I will not get far.” “A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your emptiness I won’t get far. A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your emptiness I won’t get far.” “I live like a pig, I live like a shit, You’re toiling away, and I don’t give a shit. I live like a pig, I live like a shit, You’re toiling away, and I don’t give a shit”. “You live like a pig, you live like a shit, I’m toiling away, and you don’t give a shit. You live like a pig, you live like a shit, I’m toiling away, and you don’t give a shit” An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your cleanness I will not get far. An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your cleanness I will not get far.” “A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your filthiness I won’t get far. A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your filthiness I won’t get far.” “Again I’m a jerk, again I’m a dick, Again my behavior is ugly and sick. Again I’m a jerk, again I’m a dick, Again my behavior is ugly and sick.” “Again you’re a jerk, again you’re a dick, Again your behavior is ugly and sick. Again you’re a jerk, again you’re a dick, Again your behavior is ugly and sick”. “May I burn in flames, be stumped by a horse, No matter what happens, you’re mine and I’m yours. May I burn in flames, be stumped by a horse, No matter what happens, you’re mine and I’m yours.” “May you burn in flames, be fucked by a swine, No matter what happens, I’m yours and you’re mine. May you burn in flames, be fucked by a swine, No matter what happens, I’m yours and you’re mine.” “An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your wholeness I will not get far. An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your wholeness I will not get far.” “A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your emptiness I won’t get far. A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your emptiness I won’t get far.” An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your cleanness I will not get far. An asshole I am, a good one you are, Lacking your cleanness I will not get far.” “A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your filthiness I won’t get far. A good one I am, an asshole your are, Lacking your filthiness I won’t get far.”
3.
Gornisht Yiddish - gornisht, Arabish - gornisht Hebreyish, Rusish - gornisht Ladino, English - gornisht Esperanto überalles - gornisht, gornisht, gornisht Esperanto überalles - gornisht, gornisht, gornisht Israel - nothing, Palestine - nothing Theodore Herzl - nothing Yitzhak Rabin - nothing Hamas, Fatah, Hezbul-la-la - nothing, nothing, nothing Hamas, Fatah, Hezbul-la-la - nothing, nothing, nothing Torah - nothing, Talmud - nothing Koran and Bible - nothing The Wailing Wall is nothing If they build a new fucking Temple - nothing, nothing, nothing If the Jews build a new fucking Temple - nothing, nothing, nothing Muhammad - nothing, Moshiach - nothing Barack Obama - nothing Netanyahu - nothing Arafat and Arik Sharon - na na Nachman nothing Jesus Christ and Allen Ginsberg - na na Nachman nothing Holocaust - nothing, Auschwitz - nothing Deir Yassin is nothing Sabra Shatila - nothing Yom Haatzmaut and Yad Vashem - Nakba, Nakba, nothing Yom Haatzmaut and Yad Vashem - nothing, Nakba, nothing The Boycott is nothing, the Birthright is nothing The IDF is nothing PLO is nothing Gilad Shalit and Rachel Corey - nothing, nothing, nothing Gilad Shalit and Rachel Corey - nothing, nothing, kill me Cynicism - nothing, nihilism - nothing Hipster humor - nothing Postmodern bullshit - nothing Foreign assholes with opinions - nothing, nothing nothing Stupid songs that just provoke you - gornisht, gornisht, gornisht
4.
Gute mentshn, a mayse vel ikh aykh dertseyln Fun a tsayt vos vet kumen in goyrl Es hot mir gekholmt a kholem, keyn sheyner Fun der tsukunft fun Erets Yisroyl An atom-bombe af Yerushalayim Eksplodirt vi a brokh af der erd A naye milkhome mit Iran un Mitsrayim Kumt on vi a tayvlish ferd Der Soyne-Yisroyl bazetst di gantse erets Der oylem makht pleyte atsind Di pleytem zey forn in shifn keyn Tsipern Zey flien vi feyglekh in vint Nor etlekhe blaybn tsu shteyen un kemfn Di shvartse un oreme layt Zey vern derharget fun milyonen mentshn Vos gisn fun Gaza bafrayt Di arabishe kinder zey tun di gebetn Fun di shpelter fun koysl in brand Zey leydikn oys dos postkestl fun himl Men makht khorev dos heylike land Nor es zaynen nisht nor yidn vos laydn in tsores Shiitn bazetsn Beyrut Dos land vert farkhurvet vi Sodom un Gomore Un Amolek shaft taykhn fun blut Yisroeldike bomben zey faln af Perziye Un farbrenen bizn grunt Teyran Amerike bageyt militerishe perversyes Un di gantse velt vert gor a balagan Un di arabishe kinder in ale di lender Zey tuen di gasn in Eyrope blutroyt Di shlakht treft di daytshn, frantsoysn, englender Ale shtet vern toyt vi Detroyt Di mentshhayt vet kumen in finstere tsaytn Vos vet zayn shtelt ir zikher shoyn for Muzlimen un yidn un kristn veln shtraytn In dem nayem, dem blutikn dor [Good people, I’ll tell you a tale Of a time that will become fate I dreamed a dream, not a good one, Of the future of the land of Israel In Jerusalem, an atom bomb Explodes like a divine curse A new war with Iran and Egypt Comes on like a demonic horse Israel’s mortal enemies occupy the whole land The people immediately flee The refugees take ships to Cypress They scatter like birds in the wind But some remain to stand and fight The people of color, the poor They are slaughtered by the millions Who pour out of Gaza, freed Arab children set fire to the prayers Stuck in the cracks of the Wailing Wall They empty out heaven’s postbox And make a ruin of the Holy Land But it’s not only Jews who suffer greatly Shiites occupy Beirut The land is destroyed like Sodom & Gomorrah And Amalek spills rivers of blood Israeli bombs fall on Persia And burn Tehran to the ground America commits military perversions And the whole world falls into chaos The Arab youth in all the countries Make Europe’s streets run blood-red The war comes to Germany, France, England All cities are as dead as Detroit Humanity will fall into dark times You can already imagine how it will be Muslims and Jews and Christians will battle In a new and bloody generation]
5.
Pharaoh's daughter I am delivered Bring me to Babylon Take me to the river Give me your exile But be my lover The deserts are burning now You are my cover All my kingdoms All my testaments All my prophecies All my covenants Wash away from me Like Egyptian nights Your eyes are my David Shield You are my eternal light Pharaoh's daughter Take my Judas hand The Dead Sea is dead my love Let's be our own promised land
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I: Benediction All you drunken shiksa sweethearts with your bloodshot eyes of blue, All you border-crossing feyglekh who've been quarantined for flu, All you lost exilic aliens, you migrant mongrel stew, You needn't feel farloyrn, you don't have to be blue; Just climb aboard this ark of ours and join the soggy crew! It's a diasporic politics, it’s a reconstructed you, With permeable borders in between the old and new; A way to hide away what they would take away from you. Forget your god and country, and your revolution, too. It's possible for you to leave the many for the few. It don't matter if your daddy was from Poland or Peru; Your blood might come from Turkey or Detroit or Timbuktu; Your language could be Farsi, Sanskrit, German, or Zulu; Come on, we've got some wandering to do! So bring out your Jew, bring out your Jew. You may have a Jew inside of you. A Jew. A Jew. A secret little Jew. A secret Jew is buried inside you. II: Reckoning My definition here could use some explanation, true. You have to ask yourselves just what I mean when I say “Jew.” Well, the Jewishness concerning us should not be misconstrued. Blood and land are things with which it doesn't have to do. Religion is a matter most irrelevant here, too: So let us try to look at this anew; To find a category underneath the ones we knew, A mercurial identity for people who are strewn in countries far and wide, who haven't got a home in view; Who drag around like shackles all the roots from which they grew. Well others have endured this gules, too. And here I offer it all up to you. A kosher Yiddish food-for-thought that goyim now can chew. It's what they did with Jesus when they wrote the bible new. Rebranded monotheism for wider public view. So learn to take the rootless cosmopolitan world view, In the hidden interstices we all normally eschew; To shlep your gules proudly you must learn how to make do; And learn learn learn is what the wise man tells us to So learn to be a Jew, learn to be a Jew. You may have a Jew inside of you. . . Learn to be a Jew. I've read too much Badiou. A secret Jew is hiding inside of you. III. Atonement Why should I put the emphasis on inner secret Jews? We all have different nations that we wear like different shoes. They carry us around so that our feet don't get too bruised. It may seem to be easier to go out in the nude To throw up our identities like half-digested food So maybe it's reductive what I'm trying to pursue. It's philo-semitism in a cheap semantic ruse. It's highly problematic and will probably confuse. And what about us people who are actually Jews? With traumas all my deconstructed theories can't subdue. Just ask a gentle German for a history review. She'll tell you how they marked us with numerical tattoos. They made us into ashes, hair and lamps and soap and glue. And no, it wasn't something that I personally knew, But they taught me all about it in my Temple Sunday School. And I guess it kind of left me with some hang ups and taboos. How can we wear the mantle of the martyred ghetto Jews? We turned our backs on everything that brought our people through. And did it really work to try to make a new Hebrew? With the enemies we slew, the hatred grew and grew. But the thing you hate in others is the thing you hate in you. Now exile will return like deja vu. And where it all went wrong nobody knew. And we will all have to learn it anew; Not only as a victim, but a perpetrator, too... So learn to be a Jew, learn to be a Jew. Learn to be a Post-Israeli Jew A Jew a Jew, the problem isn't new. You must be a Jew among the Jews. IV. Absolution So when they ask you for your papers and you don't know what to do Remember in this moment what you're carrying with you Because the day will come when all your papers are refused And then you'll find yourself in exile, too. You’re living in a land and time that aren’t made for you. You're refugees from wars between religious points of view. And you shlep around like shackles all the roots from which you grew. So I talk about the inner Other hiding inside you. And the name I give this other is a Jew. But a Jew can be an Arab or a German or a Druze. So if you have a better name that you would like to use I'd love to read the testament of you The imaginary messianic diasporic you The broken and neurotic post apocalyptic you See I mean this as a question, not an answer to your blues The question is the answer and the answer, it is you And forgive the self-indulgence that I spew I just wrote this fucking thing where every sentence rhymes with Jew So bring out your Jew, bring out your Jew. You may have a Jew inside of you. A Jew. A Jew. A secret little Jew. A secret Jew is buried inside you. V. Revelation The hour’s getting late and soon we'll have to pay our dues. We're faced with situations where we all will have to choose; And no one will recover what we're all about to lose. And history's a river full of things we'll have to use. The world is turning colder and the walls are high and true; The cities all are burning into something dark and new; The fire and the waste have beat the heavens black and blue You're refugees from wars between religious points of view And all the broken borders of the names they put on you You’re strangers in your home, even stranger sur la rue... I have a little prophecy for you An apocalyptic mystery, a clue: When the world becomes Detroit We all become like Jews When Zion is destroyed The promise will come true Detroit is all your cities And Zion is in you So learn to take it with you Learn to be a Jew
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The Jewish religion is this and this and that: very early to get up ekh lyuli lyuli da lyuli very early to get up to pour some water on you finger tips And don’t forget to say the morning prayer with your lips And to the synagogue to run Tales and tfiln to put on And dedicate your soul to the Unknown and Single One Единому Неведомому душу предавать И никогда глаза не закрывать И всё что происходит до конца осознавать. Ничего не признавать конечной истиной в единственном числе ведь истин бесконечно много есть у Бога даже если нету Бога на земле есть очень много конкретных частных истин производных от событий ситуаций не похожих ни на что другое кроме самих себя а мы похожи я на тебя ты на меня похожи друг на друга различий между нами бесконечное число нам повезло событие имеет место быть и может быть оно тебе дано как место истины твоей и ты тогда живи по ней не забывай не предавай глаза не закрывай смотри на истину твою и я с тобою тоже буду вместе Смотреть на эту истину твою И петь эту песню Продолжай идти продолжай идти продолжай идти хотя другие есть пути но ты продолжай идти продолжай идти продолжай идти туда куда ты захотел идти тогда когда все стало по-другому принимай за аксиому эту истину твою такую частную конкретную кому-то не понятную кому-то не заметную но для тебя любимую заветную бессмертную продолжай идти продолжай идти продолжай идти не поддавайся ни обману никакому ни дурману ни подобиям ни копиям той истины которую ты любишь ни попыткам обратить её в закон для всей земли ведь эти люли да люли они как сладкие пилюли для уставших жить и двигаться вперед для тех кто знает что умрёт а мы не будем умирать мы будем продолжать идти туда куда мы шли и мы тогда увидим что вдали что впереди ты только никуда не уходи продолжай идти продолжай идти продолжай идти политика победы это знали архимеды и ромео и джульетты и революционеры те которые боролись с богачами и великие поэты древней Греции Овидии Лукреции Вергилии Горации которые имели за плечами не одни лишь только травмы и фрустрации но также и реальные события любовные соития научные открытия могучие стихи и песни мы не стоим на месте добро важнее зла любовь сильнее смерти она уже пришла мы не умрём границу перейдём и будем песни распевать и рюмку водки наливать!. . . // ekh lyuli lyuli da lyuli рюмку водки наливать // ekh lyuli lyuli da lyuli – лехаим-лехаим выпивать To dedicate your soul to the Unknown and Single One To never close your eyes To be fully conscious of everything that happens To not recognize anything as the ultimate truth in the singular number For God has infinitely many truths even if there is no God on earth There are so many specific private truths derived from events and situations Which are not similar to anything other than themselves And we are alike, I am like you, you are like me We look like each other The differences between us are endless We are lucky the event has a place to be And maybe it was given to you As a place of your truth and you then live on it Don't forget, don't betray Do not close your eyes, look at your truth and I will be with you too Looking at this truth of yours And sing this song Keep going keep going keep going Although there are other paths, but you Keep going keep going keep going Where you wanted to go back then when everything became different Take, as an axiom, that truth of yours, which is so private, so specific Which is unclear to someone, not noticeable to someone But to you, it’s your beloved one your cherished one, the immortal Keep going keep going Keep going don't succumb to any deception or dope Or likenesses or copies of the truth that you love, Neither to attempts to turn it into a law for the whole earth Because these lyuli and lyuli are like sweet pills For those who are tired of living and of moving forward For those who know that they will die And we, we will not die, we will continue to go where we were going And then we’ll see what’s far ahead You just don’t go anywhere Keep going keep going keep going The politics of victory It was known by Archimedes and by Romeos and Juliets And by the revolutionaries who fought with the rich And by the great poets of Ancient Greece - Ovid, Lucretius, Virgil, Horace, Who had had not only traumas and frustrations, But also real events, love intercourses, scientific discoveries, mighty poems and songs We do not stand still Good is more important than evil Love is stronger than death It has already come We will not die We will cross the border And we will sing songs and pour a glass of vodka Ekh lyuli lyuli da lyuli A glass of vodka we will pour Ekh lyuli lyuli da lyuli L’chaim l’chaim will we drink
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Yiddish - epes, Arabish - epes Hebreyish, Rusish - epes Ladino un English - epes Esperanto - nokh an epes, epes, epes, epes Israel - something, Palestine - something Theodore Herzl - something Yitzchok Rabin - something (someone?) Hamas and Fatah, Hezbullah - something, something, something Torah - something, Talmud - something Koran and Bible - something The Wailing Wall is something If they build a new third Temple - something, something, something Muhammad - someone, Moshiach - someone Barack Obama - someone Netanyahu - someone Arafat and Arik Sharon - na na Nachman someone Jesus Christ and Allen Ginsberg - na na Nachman something Holocaust - something, Auschwitz - something Deir Yassin is something Sabra Shatila - something Yom Haatzmaut and Yad Vashem - Nakba, Nakba, something Yom Haatzmaut and Yad Vashem - nothing, Nakba, something The Boycott is something, the Birthright is something The IDF is something PLO is something Gilad Shalit and Rachel Corey - someone, someone, someone Gilad Shalit and Rachel Corey - both of them are someone Cynicism is a very important part of the discourse right now when I talk to people in this county, When I ask them what they think about their politics, they say that everything is gonna end, Which is exactly what the Evangelicals want to happen. Apocalypse - something Irony - something Stupid songs that try to make it better - something, something, something
9.
Some lucky day, I’ll make aliyah To Eretz Thuringia Eretz Thuringia, Eretz Thuringia Eretz Thuringia, where are you? Some lucky day, I’ll make aliyah To Eretz Thuringia Ay ay ay - to Eretz Thuringia Ay ay ay ay ay ay There is a train that will take us away To Weimar, to Erfurt, to Jena today Eretz Thuringia, beautiful land Who will lead us there by the hand? Ay ay ba bay ba ba bay Tra la la la la la Some lucky day, I’ll make aliyah To Eretz Thuringia Eretz Thuringia, Eretz Thuringia I’m longing for you! I’m longing for you! Ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay ay
10.
Arise, you legions of the damned, Arise, you wretched starving slaves, Exploding reason is at hand, ‘Tis the final end of days. History will reach the zero hour As the filthy masses rise. The world will be debased and scoured As the losers claim their prize. Armageddon calls Let the order be replaced The Unternationale Will win the human race There is no heavenly salvation, No god nor man upon a throne, To put an end to deprivation, We must toil as one alone. There will be no punishment eternal For the greedy parasite, Unless we build our own inferno To extract what's ours by right. The state will strangle you cheat you, The taxes bleed you til you're white, The rich will famish you and eat you While they speak of human rights. Nevermore will we let them bite us With their gnashing vicious jaws, We'll kill the parasites who blight us With our unternatural claws. The great grotesquery of cowards, The lords of industry and oil, Have nothing there behind their power But the might of stolen toil. It is buried deep in their foundations, All the capital we've made. The time has come for reparations, Let us start the last crusade. With poison they intoxicate us, With war they murder us at large, With hatred they indoctrinate us, Let us now return the charge. If these cannibals insist on shooting, Let us bravely aim and fire. But the ones we should be executing Are the ruling class vampires The melting pot will come to boil, The bottom rises to the top, And those who do not till the soil Will be denied to reap the crop. How long the vultures have devoured, Our human flesh and blood. Their carrion will come to power In the revolution's flood. Armageddon calls Let the order be replaced The Unternationale Will win the human race

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The third release from The Unternationale - known as Daniel Kahn & Psoy Korolenko. The Fourth Unternational - dialectical klezmer cabaret feat Polyglot Punk Poet Daniel Kahn and Avant-Bard Psoy Korolenko. Be ready for a continuation of a dizzying balladic orgy of –isms: Socialism, Zionism, antizionism, chassidism, nationalism, alcoholism and modernism, all in alternating English, Russian and Yiddish.

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released September 11, 2020

Daniel Kahn - vocals, accordion, grand piano, ukulele, harmonica, floor tom (10)
Psoy Korolenko - vocals
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Dmitry Shumilov - double bass
Gershon Leizerson - violin
Eyal Talmudi - percussion, whistles, clarinet, back vocals (7)
Amir Weiss - guitars
Eli Preminger - trumpet, baritone horn (2)
Boris Malkovsky - bayan (1, 2, 9)
Igor Krutogolov - percussion, noise & sound (4)
Jonathan Barak - percussion (5)

Kahn & Psoy recorded in Tel Aviv at Levontin 7 club on March 28-31 2011 by Nitzan Levi , except 10 recorded at Kitcha Studios by Marko Gurkan.

All overdubs by additional musicians recorded much later in different times, different places and by different people.

Produced by Victor Levin
Edited by Jonathan Barak, Victor Levin and Eyal Shindler
Mixed by Jonathan Barak & Victor Levin
Mastered by Victor Levin
Design by Victor Levin

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