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Ripped from the Headlines — NYC, 2019 by Ira Mayer

One baby goat, just one baby goat
Teenagers found him near the Bronx Zoo
Had gadya, had gadya

Goat Evan

Then came a sheep in Coney Island
Tied to a tree so it
couldn’t eat the goat
Had gadya, had gadya

Sheep in Coney Island

Then came a calf on the Major Deegan
She couldn’t cross the traffic to
shear the sheep or
eat the goat
Had gadya, had gadya

Cow on Major Deegan

Then came a lamb on the Gowanus Expressway
Taken to a sanctuary before she could
grab a veal chop or
shear the sheep or
eat the goat
Had gadya, had gadya

Lamb on Gowanus

Then came a steer escaping in Queens
Cornered in a yard where he couldn’t
snatch a lamb chop,
grab a veal chop [that would’ve made him a cow cannibal anyway],
shear the sheep or
eat the goat
Had gadya, had gadya

Steer in Queens

Then came TWO goats roaming the Brooklyn subway tracks
The “very baaaaad boys” were corralled by the NYPD before they could
grind a hamburger,
snatch a lamb chop,
grab a veal chop,
shear the sheep or
eat its brothers.
Had gadya, had gadya

Two goats on subway track

No zuzim were harmed in the writing of this song
And all the animals made it to gan-eden-like farms
Ensuring the two goats did not lure the steer
to free the lamb
to eat a veal chop
to shear the sheep
or let the first goat even visit the zoo
Had gadya, had gadya

For the names of the animals, the sanctuaries to which they were taken, which ones Jon Stewart helped corral, and more information, see https://www.amny.com/news/loose-animals-nyc-1.28697627

Chag sameach!

4 thoughts on “Passover 2019: A NYC Had Gadya

  1. Jezek1 says:

    Loved this Ira!! Passed it on to all my yiddisha friends!! Xo

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Henry Jasen says:

    Farm animals walking around town is nothing special in Wisconsin. Thanks for entertaining us.

  3. Judy says:

    Brilliantly written! Thanks for the smiles.

  4. Joan T says:

    Very timely and extremely funny!

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