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Another based on a poem by Polish Yiddish poet Mordechai Gebirtig, written in 1938 in reaction to a brutal pogrom in the city of Przytyk. In my "transadaption" I feel his message of impending doom measured with the call to arms is prescient today.

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Its burning, its burning
Everything is burning down
But your arms are crossed
And you're standing round
It’s burning

Its burning, its burning
Listen up y’all dam fools
Pick up a bucket
You’ve got the tools
Its burning

Well they’re going round taking names
Putting every home to the flames
Its burning
And if there was any doubt
There ain't no fireman to put it out
Its burning

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The flames have swallowed up our town
But your arms are crossed
And you’re standing round
Its burning

There ain’t no rain
There ain’t no flood
We’ll quence these flames
With our blood
Its burning

Its burning, its burning
Everything is burning down
But your arms are crossed
And you're standing round
It’s burning

Its burning, its burning
Listen up y’all dam fools
Pick up a bucket
You’ve got the tools
Its burning

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from The Triumph of Assimilation, released June 1, 2021

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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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