Dorogoi Dlinnou

”Dorogoi Dlinnou” –”Endless Road"
(composed in 1917-1918 by Boris
It became an international hit 50 years later under the
English title "Those Were the Days”
It was featured in the 1958 Hollywood film "The Brothers
Karamazov" (sung by Maria Schell) as a 19th Century
traditional Russian tune.
American folk singer Gene Raskin wrote new English lyrics
for the melody and recorded it in 1962 as "Those Were the
Days"; that same year it was more successfully covered by
the group the Limelighters.
Paul McCartney heard the song and used it for debute of
Welsh singer Mary Hopkin. Released in August 1968,
Hopkin's version of "Those Were the Days", produced by
McCartney, became a #1 hit in the UK and reached #2 in
the US charts. Only Raskin was given a writing credit on the
Мusic: Boris Fomin
Russian lyrics: Konstantin Podrevskii.
 Boris Fomin wrote about 200 songs
 Never had true recognition neither in
USSR nor abroad
 The genre of romance was declared as
"bourgeois" at 1929 Russian Music Conference
 In 1937 Fomin was arrested with
charges of "slandering Soviet reality"
Dorogoi Dlinnou
Yehali na troike s bubentsami
Ah vdali mel’kali ogon’ki
Eh, kogda bi mnie teper za vami
Dushu byi razveyats ot toski
Dorogoi dlinnoyu
Da nochkoi lunnoyu
Da s pesnei toi chto v dal letit zvenya
Da s toi starinnou
Da s semestrunnou
Chto po nocham tak muchila menya
La , la, la…..
We travelled on three horses with the bells
Far away the lights were flickering
Oh, if I can ever keep up with you
To get rid of boredom of my soul
Endless road
Mooney night
With the song that ringing far way
With that old and 7-string ( guitar)
That kept me awake all night long
Those were the days
Lyrics- Gene Raskin; Music -Boris Fomin
1. Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
And dreamed of all the great things we would do
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we chose
We'd fight and never lose
2. For we were young and sure to have our way
Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern
We’d smile at one another and we’d say
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