5. CIGARETTES [PAPIROSN]
Music and Lyrics by Herman
The Golden Land was a marvelous audience pleaser, a sleeper that turned out to be a hit. If you like New York’s 2nd Avenue Deli and what it represents, you would have loved this show. On the cast recording, as in the show, this song is part of a vocal arrangement with countermelodies, but I have always felt it deserved to stand alone because of its place in the musical history of Jewish immigrants at the turn of the century. Shortly before the show closed, I recorded this solo version with our assistant conductor, Michael Larson, at the piano.