Who Sang Pretty Fly for a Rabbi? “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic Running With Scissors cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1999-6-29
length: 3:03
producer: “Weird Al” Yankovic
lead vocals: “Weird Al” Yankovic
vocal: Tress MacNeille and Mary Kay Bergman
mixer: Tony Papa
engineer: Tony Papa
clarinet: Joel Peskin
assistant engineer: Jeff Moses and Fredrik Sarhagen

Veren zol fun dir a blintse

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

[Verse 1]
Our temple's had a fair share of rabbis in the past
But most of 'em were nudniks, and none of them 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!
Working like a dog at the synagogue
He's there all day, he's there all day
Just say "Vey iz mir!" and he'll kick into gear
He'll bring you lots of cheer
And maybe bagels with some shmeer
So grab your yarmulke
And hey, hey! Do that Hebrew thing!


[Verse 2]
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 meshugga 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 works his tuchis 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 yarmulka
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 briss
They say he's got a lot of chutzpah, he's really quite hhhip
The parents pay the moyl and he gets to the keep the tip!


Meccha leccha hi, meccha meccha cholly ho

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

Enhanced CD 1
  • 1 The Saga Begins
  • 2 My Baby’s in Love With Eddie Vedder
  • 3 Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
  • 4 The Weird Al Show Theme
  • 5 Jerry Springer
  • 6 Germs
  • 7 Polka Power!
  • 8 Your Horoscope for Today
  • 9 It’s All About the Pentiums
  • 10 Truck Drivin’ Song
  • 11 Grapefruit Diet
  • 12 Albuquerque
  • 13 "Weird Al" Yankovic: (There's No) Going Home (excerpt)

  • Release information
    label: Way Moby
    country(area): United States
    format: Enhanced CD
    barcode: 614223211824
    script: Latin