Prologue: Tradition Karaoke - Fiddler on the Roof

This title is a cover of Prologue: Tradition as made famous by Fiddler on the Roof

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With backing vocals (with or without vocals in the KFN version)

In the same key as the original: Fm, Gm, Dm, Em

Release date: 1962
Genres: Musicals & Broadway, In English
Songwriter: Sheldon M Harnick
Composer: Jerry Bock

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Lyrics Prologue: Tradition

A fiddler on the roof
Sounds crazy, no?
But in our little village of Anatevka you might say
Every one of us is a fiddler on the roof
Trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck
It isn't easy
You may ask
Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous
We stay because Anatevka is our home
And how do we keep our balance
That I can tell you in one word
Tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Because of our traditions we've kept our balance for many years
Here in Anatevka we have our traditions for everything
How to eat, how to sleep how to work
Even how to wear clothes
For instance we always keep our heads covered
We wear these little prayer shawls
This shows our constant devotion to God
You may ask how did this tradition get started
I'll tell you
I don't know
But it's a tradition
Because of our traditions everyone here knows who he is and what God expects him to do
Who day and night must scramble for a living
Feed the wife and children
Say his daily prayers
And who has the right as master of the house to have the final word at home
The papa, the papa
Tradition
The papa, the papa
Tradition
Who must know the way to make a proper home
A quiet home
A kosher home
Who must raise a family and run the home
So papa's free to read the holy book
The mama, the mama
The mama, the mama
Tradition
Tradition
The mama, the mama
The mama, the mama
Tradition
Tradition
At three I started
Hebrew school
At ten I learned a trade
I hear they picked a bride for me
I hope she's pretty
The sons, the sons
The sons, the sons
Tradition
Tradition
The sons, the sons
The sons, the sons
Tradition
Tradition
And who does mama teach to mend and tend and fix
Preparing me to marry whoever papa picks
The daughters, the daughters
The daughters
I have five daughters
Tradition
Tradition
The daughters, the daughters
The daughters, the daughters
Tradition
Tradition
Who day and night must
And who does mama teach
Who must know the way scramble for a living to make a proper home
Feed the wife and children to mend and tend and fix
A quiet home
Say his daily prayers
And who has the right as master of the house
A kosher home
Preparing me to marry
Who must raise a family to have the final word at home and run the home whoever papa picks
So papa's free to read
The papa the holy book
The mama
The daughters
Tradition
Tradition
The daughters, the daughters
The mama, the mama
The papa, the papa
Tradition
Tradition
And in the circle of our little village we have always had our many special types
For instance
Yente the matchmaker
Avram I have a perfect match for your son
A wonderful girl
Ruchel the shoemaker's
Who is it
Ruchel? She can hardly see daughter
She's almost blind
Tell the truth Avram is your son so much to look at
The way she sees and the way he looks
It's a perfect match
And Reb Nahum the beggar
Alms for the poor
Alms for the poor
Here Reb Nahum is one kopek
One kopek? Last week you gave me two kopeks
I had a bad week
So if you had a bad week why should I suffer
And most important our beloved Rabbi
Rabbi may I ask you a question
Certainly my son
Is there a proper blessing for the Tsar
A blessing for the Tsar
Of course
Mmh may God bless and keep the Tsar far away from us
Among ourselves we've always got along perfectly well
Of course there was the time he sold him a horse but delivered a mule
But that's all settled
Now we live in simple peace and harmony
It was a horse
It was a mule
It was a horse
It was a mule I tell you
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Horse, mule
Tradition, tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition, tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Tradition
Without our traditions our life would be as shaky as as
As a fiddler on the roof

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