This song - spelled Die Roumanishe kretchme and Die Rumainishe kretchme on the sheet music - and performed as Roumanishe Kretchme by klezmer hiphop performer SoCalled (Josh Dolgin) - is from a show called Helo Mali (Hello, Molly), starring Molly Picon, staged at the 2nd Ave Theatre as early as 1926 (accounts differ).
It was directed by Jacob Kalich, with music by Joseph Rumshinsky and lyrics by Morris Rund.
In 1932 Picon took the show to Argentina under the name Der kleyner mazik (The Little Devil).
The show was written by Sheyne-Rokhl Simkof, Semkoff) (Sheyne Rochl Simkoff). Shaye Rachel Simkoff was born in 1899 in Grodno. In 1915 she came to America and worked in a sweatshop, writing stories, plays and poetry by night. She eventually became successful enough to quit the sweatshop and make her living writing.
The excellent recording I have is by Irving Grossman, probably from 1929.
Transliteration and translation after the jump.
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