Hodel: Well, somebody has to arrange the matches, Young people can't decide these things themselves.
Chava: She might bring someone wonderful----
Hodel: Someone interesting----
Chava: And well off----
Hodel: And important---
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, catch me a catch Matchmaker, Matchmaker Look through your book, And make me a perfect match
Chava: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I'll bring the veil, You bring the groom, Slender and pale. Bring me a ring for I'm longing to be, The envy of all I see.
Hodel: For Papa, Make him a scholar.
Chava: For mama, Make him rich as a king.
Chava and Hodel: For me, well, I wouldn't holler If he were as handsome as anything.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match, Find me a find, Catch me a catch, Night after night in the dark I'm alone So find me match, Of my own.
Tzeitel: Since when are you in a match, Chava? I thought you had your eye on your books.
Tzeitel con't: And you have your eye on the Rabbi's son.
Hodel: Well, why not? We have only one Rabbi and he has only one son. Why shouldn't I want the best?
Tzeitel: Because you're a girl from a poor family. So whatever Yenta brings, you'll take, right? Of course right!
(throws scarf over her head, imitating Yenta) (singing)
Hodel, oh Hodel, Have I made a match for you! He's handsome, he's young! Alright, he's 62. But he's a nice man, a good catch, true? True.
I promise you'll be happy, And even if you're not, There's more to life than that--- Don't ask me what.
Chava, I found him. Won't you be a lucky bride! He's handsome, he's tall, That is from side to side. But he's a nice man, a good catch, right? Right.
You heard he has a temper. He'll beat you every night, But only when he's sober, So you'll alright.
Did you think you'd get a prince? Well I do the best I can. With no dowry, no money, no family background Be glad you got a man!
Chava: Matchmaker, Matchmaker, You know that I'm Still very young. Please, take your time.
Hodel: Up to this minute, I misunderstood That I could get stuck for good.
Chava and Hodel: Dear Yenta, See that he's gentle Remember, You were also a bride. It's not that I'm sentimental
Chava and Hodel and Tzeitel: It's just that I'm terrified!
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Plan me no plans I'm in no rush Maybe I've learned Playing with matches A girl can get burned So, Bring me no ring Groom me no groom Find me no find Catch me no catch Unless he's a matchless match.