Donna Donna – one of my favorite songs

I heard this electronic song in 2015 and fell in love with it.

The other day, driving down the highway and randomly listening to music i’ve stumbled across a radio program playing a few versions of it.

I don’t know why but it makes me emotional, and I found out it’s about a calf on its way to be slaughtered.

Turns out it’s originally a Yiddish (east european jewish language mixing German, Hebrew, and other languages) song from the early 40s (wikipedia entry here) and has been covered many times since.

I really enjoy all these versions:


Yiddish version:


Hebrew version:


Joan Baez’s version:


Donovan’s version:


And finally, the electronic version by the Polish musician/producer “Pysh”:


This post is dedicated to Nishtha Aggarwal and to my deceased grandmother, Haya Dickerman