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Pretty Fly for a Rabbi

This song is by "Weird Al" Yankovic and appears on the album Running with Scissors (1999).

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Pretty Fly (For A Rabbi)
Veren zol fun deer a blintze

(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
And all the goyim say I'm pretty fly (For a rabbi)

Meccha leccha hi, meccha hiney hiney ho

Our temple's had a fair share of rabbis in the past
But most of 'em were nudniks and none of 'em would last
But our new guy's real kosher, I think he'll do the trick
I tell ya, he's to die for - he really knows his shtick

So how's by you? Have you seen this Jew?
Reads the Torah, does his own accounting too
Workin' like a dog at the synagogue
He's there all day, he's there all day
Just say "Vay iz mir!" and he'll kick into gear
He'll bring you lots of cheer and maybe bagels with some shmear
Just grab your yarmulke and
Hey! Hey! Do that Hebrew thing

(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
And all the goyim say I'm pretty fly (For a rabbi)

He shops at discount stores, not just any will suffice
He has to find a bargain 'cause he won't pay retail price
He never acts meshuggah and he's hardly a schlemiel
But if you wanna haggle, oy, he'll make you such a deal

People used to scoff, now they say "Mazel tov"
He's such a macher 'cause he worked his tuchus off
Yeah, he keeps his cool and teaches shul
What's not to like? What's not to like?
On high holy days, you know he prays and prays
And he never eats pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise
Put on your yarmulke and
Hey! Hey! Do that Hebrew thing

When he's doing a bar mitzvah, now that you shouldn't miss
He'll always shlep on down for a wedding or a bris
They say he's got a lot of chutzpah, he's really quite hip
The parents pay the mohel and he gets to keep the tip

(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey
(How ya doin' Bernie?) Oy vey, oy vey

Meccha leccha hi, meccha meccha cholly ho

He's doin' well, I gotta kvell
The yentas love him, even shiksas think he's swell
Show up at his home, he says, "Shalom"
And "Have some cake-- You want some cake?"
Yeah, he calls the shots, we really love him lots
Oy gevaltz, I'm so ferklempt that I could plotz
So grab your yarmulke
The one you got for Hanukkah
Let's put on our yarmulkes and
Hey! Hey! Do that Hebrew thing

Credits

  • Music and original lyrics by Dexter Holland; parody lyrics by "Weird Al" Yankovic

Credits

Written by:

Brian Holland and Weird Al Yankovic

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