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Duration: 2:40 
Release Date: 1938  (Shalom) 
Lyrics By: Benjamin Samberg (Shalom) 
Music By: Benjamin Samberg (Shalom) 
Produced By:
Released By: 78 - Bell Novelty 523 (Shalom) 
Published By:
  • reissued in LP "The Pincus Album" (Shalom)
  • released as by "Benny Bell & His Agony Trio (Shalom)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Pincus the Peddler
    By Benny (Bell) Samberg
    In The Pincus Album (Zion 234, c. 1960)

    I'm Pincus the Peddler,
    A broken-hearted peddler,
    The most unlucky feller that was ever born,
    My Mama in Slobodka
    Was drinking too much vodka
    And left me stranded on a Sunday morn.

    My Papa was a plumber
    Who doubled as a drummer
    I never really saw that feller wear a frown,
    His whiskers were the longest
    The toughest and the strongest
    How well they used to keep his pants from falling down!

    Oh otchi tschor-nye-ay
    I'm Pincus the Peddler, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    I didn't want to struggle
    So I planned a way to smuggle
    My Papa and myself into the U.S.A,
    We knew just how to do it
    And so before we knew it
    We landed in Canarsie on a stormy day.

    Oh but soon I met a woman,
    A dirty rotten woman,
    At first she made me happy then she made me blue,
    Instead of gaining knowledge
    By sending me to college
    She sent me to the races and they cleaned me through.

    Oh otchi tschor-nye-ay,
    Oh Mississipp-i-ay
    Oh Albuquerqu-e-ay,
    I'm Pincus the Peddler, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    'Twas at a game of rummy
    She called me a dummy
    I punched her in the mouth because that makes me mad,
    She lifted her umbrella
    So I kicked her down the cellar
    And broke the nicest girdle that she ever had.

    She went to Ellis Island
    To send me back to my land
    The things she told the people there was very bad,
    I never thought they'd do it
    And yet before I knew it
    They packed my trunk and sent me back to Petrograd.

    Oh otchi tshor-nye-ay,
    Good old Jamaica Bay,
    Hooray for Rockaway,
    I'm Pincus- but no more in the U.S.A.
    Current Rating 5.1 (1 vote)
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    Messages about the song: "Pincus The Peddler"
    redhotgirl   Offline  -  Member  -  09-17-06 10:25 AM  -  17 years ago
    heard this song in Rockaway in 1946-7. I loved it and I have been trying to remember all the words to it. I finally found it. Thanks.
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