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Erev Shel Shoshanim
(Evening of Roses)


This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to "Erev Shel Shoshanim", a beautiful song that is widely used by dancers for veil work. Although originally released in Hebrew, the song is popular throughout the Middle East. In Arabic-speaking countries it is known as "Yarus", and Armenian lyrics have also been recorded by Harry Saroyan using a song title of "Vartér".

The original artist was Yafa Yarkoni, who recorded it in 1957. A year later, it was recorded by the duet HaDuda'im, and their version was the one that became a hit in Israel. It became one of Duda'im's signature songs.

In 1966, Zvi Hillman choreographed an Israeli folk dance to this song which has become popular with international folk dance clubs.

The translation for Harry Saroyan's Armenian lyrics appears elsewhere on this web site.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

Lyrics: Moshe Dor
Music: Yosef Haddar



Listen to MP3 Clips of This Song


Sung by Mimi Spencer & Mary Ellen Donald

Note Performed on harp by Rachel Van Voorhees
Note Sung by Margalit of the Feenjon Group




Hebrew Lyrics

English Translation

Erev shel shoshanim Evening of roses
Nitzeh na el habustan Let's go out to the grove
Mor besamim ulevana Myrrh, spices, and incense
L'raglech miftan. Are a carpet to walk on.



Layla yored le'at The night comes slowly
Veru'ach shoshan noshvak A breeze of roses blows
Havah elchash lach shir balat Let me whisper a song to you quietly
Zemer shel ahava A song of love.
Shachar homa yonah At dawn, a dove is cooing
Roshech ma'ale t'lalim Your hair is filled with dew
Pich el haboker shoshana Your lips to the morning are like a rose
Ektefenu li. I'll pick it for myself.

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Chorus



Where to Get Recordings of this Song

Gems of the Middle East Volume 2 Album Cover


Listen to Clip

Artist: Mary Ellen Donald & Mimi Spencer
CD Title: Gems of the Middle East, Volume 2

To contact her:

Mary Ellen Books
P.O. Box 411562
San Francisco, CA 94141-1562

Telephone: (+1) (510) 654-DRUM or (+1) (510) 654-3786

Web Site:

CD Cover of Israeli Party  

Artist: Tel Aviv Singers
CD Title: Israeli Party

Cafe Feenjon


Listen to Clip

Artist: Feenjon Group
CD Title: An Evening at the Cafe Feenjon



About the Translator

Many thanks to Shoshana for providing this translation for this web site!!



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