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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 (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii, which, with English lyrics by Gene Raskin, 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 is 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 had 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.
Best performers include Mary Hopkin Vicky Leandros, Gigliola Cinquetti, and Dalida. Many other singers performed it, for example Helena Paparizou
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.
Then the busy years when rushing by us.
Just tonight I stood before the tavern,
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.
Сергей Лазарев - Дорогой длинною (Призрак оперы-2011.10.01) - YouTube
"I like this version, but I still like Mary's better. Dolly made it more western which is nice."
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