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Russian Romance: Those Were the Days (Dorogoy Dlinnoyu)

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Those Were the Days (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Music was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948).

In 1926 Vertinsky made one of the earliest recordings of the song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ( see Original Performance ), written by Boris Fomin (19001948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii.

Dalida recorded her version in 1967, Mary Hopkins in 1968, so the international spread of the song is because of Dalida actually not Mary Hopkins who had sung it much less emotionally than the Dalida. the sucess of Mary Hopkins was partially due to with very talented English lyrics by Gene Raskin. It was a major hit for Mary Hopkin in 1968 as Those Were the Days.

Lyrics by Gene Raskin is different from the Russian variant (although general nostalgia theme and classic Russian "lost life theme" spirit are very close), so this is a different song with the same music.

Re-birth of the song  was due to  Mary hopkin - those were the days-68  arranged by Paul McCartney. Mary Hopkins/Paul McCartney interpretation was a hit, yet few knew about the origin of the melody and the original composer was never credited.  Anyway most Russian and east European listeners instantly recognized that that the melody is exact copy of a Russian song.

Along with Dark EyesOdnozuchno gremit kolokolcik, and Evening bell (were lyrics came from English poem by Thomas Moore),  this is is one of the most popular  Russian folk songs in foreign audiences.

Best performers include Mary Hopkin, Vicky Leandros, Gigliola Cinquetti,  and Dalida. Many other singers performed it, for example Helena Paparizou

English text by Gene Raskin
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'd thought they'd never end,
We'd sing and dance for-ever and a day,
We'd live the life we choose,
We'd fight and never lose,
For we were young and sure to have our way.
Lalala lah lala, lalala lah lala
Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days.

Then the busy years when 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:

Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
In the glass I saw a strange reflection,
Was that lonely person really me.

Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.

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[Mar 19, 2017] Дорогой длинною (Those Were the Days) - Alexandrov Red Army Choir (2007)

[Mar 19, 2017] The Three Tenors - Those Were The Days

[Mar 19, 2017] Those Were The Days - Liam Clancy

One of the better performances

[Mar 19, 2017] Those were the days - Dolly Parton

dolly parton- those were the days

"I like this version, but I still like Mary's better. Dolly made it more western which is nice."

[Mar 18, 2017] Bing Crosby Those Were The Days (1968)

[Mar 18, 2017] Those Were The Days ~ Cynthia Lennon

[Mar 18, 2017] Engelbert Humperdinck - Those Were The Days 1971

[Dec 22, 2015] Глеб Матвейчук автор, актер, певец - Дорогой длинною

[Dec 22, 2015] Дорогой длинною - Нани Брегвадзе - With lyrics

[Oct 03, 2015] Дорогой длинною

[Jun 29, 2015] Методие Бужор Дорогой длинною

[Jun 29, 2015] Таисия Повалий и Глеб Матвейчук - Дорогой длинною (2013) - YouTube

[Jun 29, 2015] Дорогой длинною Ансамбль цыганской песни и романса "Изумруд" , романс "Дорогой длинною" Л.Журкова, Р. Хохлачёв, М. Кутявина, М. Симонова

[Jun 29, 2015] Группа Кватро - Дорогой длинною

[Nov 15, 2014] Sergiy Lasarev - Those Were the Days (Призрак оперы-2011.10.01)

Сергей Лазарев - Дорогой длинною (Призрак оперы-2011.10.01) - YouTube

[Jan 14, 2014] alexandovci - dorogaj dlinnaju (dlhou cestou)

[Dec 23, 2013] Погудин , Дятлов " Дорогой длинною "

[Nov 28, 2013] "Дорогой длинною"-Татьяна Балета

[Nov 28, 2013] Василий Герелло. "Дорогой длинною"

[Nov 28, 2013] Методие Бужор / Bujor. Дорогой длинною.

[Nov 28, 2013] "Дорогой длинною" - А.Малинин ("Влюбленный в романс", 2003) / A.Malinin, "Those Were The Days"

[Sep 7, 2009] Nikolay Baskov Those Were the Days

[Sep 5, 2009] Vadim Kolpakov & VIA Romen Those Were The Days My Friend

[Dec 30, 2008] Дорогой длинною Dorogoj dlinnoju śpiewa Borys Somerschaf

[Dec 30, 2008] Дорогой длинною песня Коренівський Іван

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richpat (8 months ago) Show Hide Marked as spam

Not an exact copy (crunchy3d) the music was written by Boris Fomin who was Russian, the Lyrics used on mary's version were writtrn by Gene Raskin, an American, he and his partner Francesca were the duo whom Paul McCartney heard singing the song, which he later produced for Mary Hopkin...
The words in the Russian song you refer to "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" were written by Konstantin Podrevskii and have a different meaning.
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