Not since the song ‘Those Mean Old Jews Crucified My Lord‘ made its way onto the internet has a wonderfully jokey Jewish song tickled me so much. So below is the song titled ‘Cohen Owes me 97 Dollars, from the album Jewface, taken off of old records from the Vaudeville era.
This song was written by the great American Irving Berlin. Glad to know that even Jewish musicians in the 1920s had a good sense of Jewish self-deprecating humor. All our Jewish Moms are gonna love this shit.
Old Man Rosenthal lay sick in bed.
Soon the doctor came around and said
“There’s no use crying,
the man is dying.
He can’t live very long!”
“Send my son here to my side,” they heard the old man say.
“I’ve got something to tell him before I pass away.”
Soon his son was sitting by his bed
What’s the matter , Papa dear?” he said.
The old man said, “My son,
before my days are done
I want you to know”
“Cohen owes my ninety-seven dollars
And it’s up to you to see that Cohen pays.
I sold a lot of goods to Rosenstein and Sons
On an I.O.U. for ninety days.
Levi brothers don’t get any credit,
They owe me for one hundred yards of lace.
If you promise me, my son, you’ll collect from everyone,
I can die with a smile upon my face.”