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Fiddling About

Fiddling About. by The Didds Annual Concert, DMT, Time to act, you and me, At Dauntsey School, a painted floor, performed in the round, with rehearsals at Sheep Street church, St Joe's school hall, the con club too, learning dances, blocking acting, making lovely sounds Odessa, Ukraine, in 1881, Kiev and Chernigov , don't forget Poltava At Taurida, Kherson, Yekaterinoslav, Violence in Belorussia, and Lithuania We didn't start the Pogrom It all began in Russia Ended up in Prussia We didn't start the Pogrom But we tried to show it On a stage so well lit Golde, Tevye, crippled horse, this show was a tour de force, Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, Bielke too Rabbi, Reb Mordka, Butcher Lazar, Yente Motel, Fyedka, what should Perchick do? Joseph Stalin, Alexander and Tzarin, Preceded by Black Hundreds, Czar Nicholas, spilling blood Smela, Kishinev 1903 much death More trouble, much rubble in Aleksandriya We didn't start the Pogrom It all began in Russia Ended up in Prussia We didn't start the Pogrom But we tried to show it On a stage so well lit Tevye's House, Mordkha's bar, Siberia's so very far, Railway, Market Place, Anatevka is our space, butcher shop, police post, and Frumah-Sarah's ghost, Grandmother Tzeitel's dead, parents laying in their bed Death camps, Dachau, Belsen and Auschwitz-Bercenau Treblinka, Chelmo, Final solution no? Why these? Just because, Nazi Party, Holocaust, Reinhard Heydrich and Goeth , Klaus Barbie- butchers three We didn't start the Pogrom It all began in Russia Ended up in Prussia We didn't start the Pogrom But we tried to show it On a stage so well lit Constable, wedding, broken plates, ripped bedding Perchik beaten, five chickens not eaten, Lazar's present rejected, traditions not respected Yente ignored, candlesticks on the floor Fleeing Syria, refugees have come so far Yemen Jews, on the news, pogroms happening today We didn't start the Pogrom It all began in Russia Ended up in Prussia We didn't start the Pogrom But we tried to show it On a stage so well lit Our musical, tells the truth, its named "Fiddler On The Roof", Tragic story, happenings gory, Exit, edict, just a show, but there's nowhere to go, Taliban, Afghanistan, Jews are hated in Iran, The middle east, Palestine, muslim jihad, bombed airline Hatred breeds, refugees, boats sink, while they flea Just like Tevye's daughters four, off to sleep on Avram's floor On and on these pointless wars, I can't take it anymore We didn't start the Pogrom...

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Date: 4/18/2016 6:50:00 PM
I was recently in a very successful production of "Fiddler on The Roof", and was moved (as well as mused!) to reflect my thoughts on the story ... The Didds
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Date: 4/18/2016 6:52:00 PM
Oh ... it needs a little work yet, but I wanted to get this out there... I suspect also some of you may well recognise the meter/inspiration for the method of this poem. Especially if your name is Billy Joel!