Today we will watch a video and listen to a good old Russian romance: By Long Road (Dorogoy Dlinnoyu/Дорогой длинною) [composed before 1917]! We think many of our readers know and love an English version of this song, known as “Those Were the Days” and written in 1968.
For our readers who wants to know more:
This Romance was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii the official year of birth is 1924 but specialists still argue about it: Because there are two versions of this romance and first version of it was sung by incredible Alexander Vertinsy even before Russian Revolution [25 October 1917]. All who has heard this romance by Vertinsky admit that it was genial!
For our Russian speaker readers here is a very good article about this romance in Russian.
And for all our readers we publish the original Russian text and its English interpretation:
Ехали на тройке с бубенцами,
Да, выходит, пели мы задаром,
В даль родную новыми путями
|English text by Gene Raskin
Once upon a time there was a tavern,
Then the busy years when rushing by us.
Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Through the door there came familiar laughter.
and we think it is great that both Russian and English speakers can enjoy such a wonderful song!
Svet and Kyle
comments always welcome.