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VOTE! WHICH ARE YOUR FAVES? My Ultimate Collection of 14 Best Russian Love Songs!

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My collection of some of the best and most famous hit LOVE songs from Russia. I chose them for you to expand on the lovely topic of March 8: What’s So Unusual About March 8?! International Women’s Day Special!

The songs aren’t in any particular order. By the way, the Russian song lyrics is usually very meaningful and often profound; it normally adds to the perception of a song. I’ve translated some of the lyrics, to give you an idea of what each song is about. But the music is lovely and beautiful in its own right, so enjoy!

Let me know in comments which of these you enjoyed best! Also, I am hearing these with my Russian ear, and I understand the lyrics and the rhythmics of a Russian song. But I am genuinely curious how those who don’t understand the words hear these? How do you think these are different and how do you like them compared, for instance, to English language love songs, and/or such songs in other languages? Your impressions are most welcome!

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BEST CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN LOVE SONGS

I’ll Stay, Aya & Gorod 312 band

Город 312, Останусь

The lyrics is beautiful, and the melody is even better. Brief translation:

“In the end of tunnel, the bright light of a blind star…

A lingering trace of my soles on dry leaves…

I still feel the pulse, and an urge to live…

I may never return, but perhaps I’ll stay…

I’ll stay as ashes on your lips,

I’ll stay as fire in your eyes,

As a breath of wind in your hands.

I’ll stay as snow on your cheek,

I’ll stay as a far away light,

I’ll remain your light… Your light…”

How Enchanting are the Nights in Russia… White Eagle band, Kremlin

The melody is beautiful and truly enchanting.

БЕЛЫЙ ОРЕЛ, КАК УПОИТЕЛЬНЫ В РОССИИ ВЕЧЕРА, КРЕМЛЬ

Brief translation:

“Perhaps it’s just dream and love is just a game,

Perhaps my feelings are nothing to you,

Whether in this or other world, I’ll never forget

How enchanting are the Russian nights…”

I Don’t Regret (theme song from the hit 2000s Russian TV series, Poor Nastia, a mesmerizing 19th century paranormal historic drama)

Мне не жаль… [Владимир/Анна/Михаил] “Бедная Настя”

Lyrics, brief translation:

I don’t regret that the fire in my blood has burned and tore at my heart,

But I regret that in the past I lived without love, I regret that I didn’t love enough.

I never stopped loving you, and my soul calls out your name.

With all my heart I pray to creator for you…

Love That Feels Like a Dream, Lara Fabian

A bit of the lovely lyrics:

‘Love that feels like a dream,

The crystal peeling of our hearts,

Your magical ‘I love you,’

I’ll quietly echo back to you.

Love that feels like a dream

Has made my home a happy place,

And contrary to the law of dreams,

May it never end.’

Любовь Похожая На Сон

I Love You to Tears, Aleksandr Serov

Александр Серов – Я люблю тебя до слёз (Ya lublu tebya do slez)

Nice dramatic lyrics! Brief translation:

“I love you to tears

Every breath is like the first time

Instead of a lie of pretty words

I give you a cloud made of roses

With these white rose petals I’ll make our bed

I love you to tears, I love you like mad…

Unfinished Romance, Irina Alegrova and Igor Krutoi (author)

Ирина Аллегрова и Игорь Крутой, Незаконченный роман

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Autumn Leaves, Alla Pugacheva (episode from the acclaimed 2000s film ‘The Admiral’).

Алла Пугачева – Осенние листья

 

FAMOUS SOVIET LOVE SONGS

I think for the most part you’ll find that Soviet songs were quieter, more melodic and less dramatic than the contemporary Russian songs. But the lyrics and essence was just as, or even more, epic and significant. The lyrics often is very good and full of wisdom.

A Million of Crimson Roses (Rus translit: Milion Alyh Roz), Alla Pugacheva, early 1980s. Pugacheva at the time was one of the biggest names in Soviet and world pop music. For the USSR she was pretty revolutionary, as her style was non-traditional; she was more Western than Russians were used to. Pugacheva’s singing contributed in subtle ways to the USSR collapse, as consciousness awakened through many things, including her songs. Interestingly, to this day she remains a neo-liberal. But she can sing, and for that much is forgiven.

This is a pretty straightforward story of a poor artist who fell in love with a famous actress and to impress her he sold his house and works and bought a million of crimson roses to fill the square in front of her residence. They never saw each other again, but both carried a memory of that day forever. This simple story doesn’t compare in depth to other lyrics in this compilation, but the song became very famous.

I’ll Never Forget You. Dmitry Karachentsov (lead). From the legendary hit musical of the ’80s, Yunona and Avos. The musical was so famous that well-known Western musicians lined up for a chance to be in it.

This dramatic musical is about two Russian navy ships, Yunona and Avos, that arrived on a friendly visit to Latin America in the 19th century. The young daughter of a local Spanish governor falls in love with a Russian officer, who is under orders to leave back home, but promises to return for her. He dies before being able to fulfill his promise. The song is about their eternal love and the fact that they understand they may never see each other again. She promises to be his guiding light, his sail on the way back home; her love would protect him.

Юнона и Авось – Я тебя никогда не забуду

Don’t Promise a Young Maiden (theme song from the famous Soviet film, The Captivating Star of Happiness, 1975) (RussianЗвезда пленительного счастьяtranslit. Zvezda plenitelnogo schastya)

The film is about the 1825 failed Decembrist coup against Tsar Nikolay I; the mutineer officers are sent to Siberia and their aristocratic wives face an excruciating decision of whether to follow their husbands into harsh exile. Here’s the film’s Wikipedia page.

‘Don’t promise a young maiden eternal love on earth…”

The song is simply charming, reminiscing of the care-free days when various protagonists first met and fell in love.

Не обещайте деве юной (Романс)

Echo of Love, Anna German and Lev Leshchenko (One of the Songs of the Year 1977)

Anna German was a Polish singer, who became famous for her performance of the Russian songs.

Анна Герман и Лев Лещенко “Эхо любви” Песня года – 1977

Hope, My Earthly Compass

Another beloved Soviet hit, performed by many singers, but Anna German’s version was probably the best. The song is about holding on to your love no matter the distance. It was written with an idea of the families of pilots and stewardesses in mind, who often flew in different directions and whose meetings were rare.

Анна Герман – Надежда, мой компас земной (Nadezhda, moy kompass zemnoy)

Tenderness (alt. title: The Earth Is Empty Without You). The song was written for the cosmonauts flying off into space and their loved ones. The narrative is from a female standpoint, she misses the love of her life, and so does Mother Earth; she is asking him to fly back home soon. But the song goes deeper, and has a resonance with those who passed and left this world, and how much the living miss them.

Майя Кристалинская – Нежность (Опустела без тебя земля)

Eternal Love, Charles Aznavour – Russian and French versions (From the legendary Soviet film, Teheran-43, about the secret 1943 meeting of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill in Iran, a successful prevention by Russian intelligence of the German terrorist plot against three leaders – Roosevelt ended up staying at the Russian embassy for security reasons – and a love story that developed between two main characters.)

Шарль Азнавур “Вечная любовь” Russian version

ORIGINAL SONG WITH THE FILM CLIP: Eternal Love,Charles Aznavour. The original theme song, with the actual footage from the movie “Tegeran-43”. The theme of an undying love, a life lived in love, is dramatically contrasted and juxtaposed in the film to the horrifying images of WWII, but the ending depicts a brief reunion of the two lovers, Russian intelligence officer and a Russian-French lady, many years later in Paris. In the French version of the film, they ‘shyly’ omitted the powerful footage of the WWII devastation, but the Russian version showed it in full. Mosfilm, the rights owner, doesn’t allow video reposting, so just click on link to watch this clip! 

French version: Mireille Mathieu & Charles Aznavour, Une vie d amour

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#Victory70 Red Square – All Russia Victory Day Parades Marathon and The Immortal Regiment March

This post is part of the 70 YEARS OF THE GREAT VICTORY MARATHON

#Victory70

Now live – Victory Day Parades on Red Square and all across Russia to commemorate 70th anniversary of victory in WWII. The parades are held in 26 cities and organizers have promised the biggest ever all-day spectacular.

LIVE: Red Square Parade, May 9, 2015:

LIVE: non-stop coverage of V-Day Parades from across Russia, from Vladivostock, Novosibirsk, Sevastopol, Moscow and St. Petersburg to Murmansk and Kaliningrad, May 9, 2015. Lots of interesting bits and each city is different. Between 1:10:00 and 1:23:00 watch a very interesting historic parade in Tyumen’, Siberia. At 1:40:00 – interactive map of the biggest battles and dates during the 1941-45 Great war period. At 2:00:00 St. Pete navy parade, followed by Sevastopol. 

‘Immortal Regiment’ march: Putin joins hundreds of thousands paying tribute to WW2 soldiers

Overall 12 million people in Russia and beyond took part in the Immortal Regiment marches. This was a sight to behold. A boundless sea of people participated in Moscow, carrying pictures of their relatives who perished in the war. Putin joined, carrying a photo of his father.

#БессмертныйПолк #ImmortalRegiment

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LRL 11. Germans Are Coming to Crimea (in German w. English/Russian subs)

This post is part of my 70 YEARS OF THE GREAT VICTORY MARATHON

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LadaRayLive 11. Germans Are Coming to Crimea (in German w. English/Russian subs) – my authored English translation.

Some in Germany are awake…and singing. Two spunky German retirees didn’t believe Western MSM and decided to see for themselves what’s really going on in Crimea. ‘Around Crimea in 20 days’ cycling tour and a cool song that went viral, were born. The tour (May 9 – 29, 2015) is planned to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII over fascism, which will be celebrated on May 9 everywhere in Russia and many other countries. It will be celebrated with a great parade in Sevastopol, where our German friends will begin their tour. Want to join? You are invited – more in the video.

Enjoy:

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Striking WWII Footage and Inspiring Song of the Great Victory

This post is part of my 70 YEARS OF THE GREAT VICTORY MARATHON

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Don’t miss this video!

This is a very nice song about the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and the Great Victory. The real documentary footage from 1941-45 is a revelation, including battles, the historic Victory Banner over Berlin’s Reichstag, but especially, the striking footage of how those who were lucky to survive were greeted back home.

“For all those who are alive, and who are already gone – and for those who are still to be born…”

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Happy Victory Day, Fr. Merkel! My Open Postcard to the German Chancellor

This article is part of my 70 YEARS OF THE GREAT VICTORY MARATHON

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Recently, leaders of US, UK, Poland, Lithuania, and most other EU countries announced that they would not be coming to the May 9th 70th Anniversary Victory Day Parade, grand preparations for which are underway in Moscow. Moreover, Polish president proposed that World War II victory celebrations should be moved from their traditional place on Red Square to Poland. All this is yet another attempt to re-write history and diminish the role and sacrifice of the Soviet Army and Soviet people in winning that terrible war. It is also an attempt to paint black as white and vice versa in order to justify fascism again raising its ugly head in Ukraine, Baltics and other European countries. It is also a part of the smear campaign against Russia as I had discussed in many of my prior writings.

There is nothing new as far as the US and UK leaders ignoring the Moscow celebrations. They always find excuses not to attend. Let’s recall that US, UK, Poland and France were Russia’s (USSR’s) allies in WWII. That’s officially. In reality…

Regardless of the US and UK, German Chancellor traditionally attends Victory Parade in Moscow to demonstrate contemporary Germany’s continued commitment to the fascism-free world.

This year, Angela Merkel infamously announced that she would not be coming to Moscow on May 9th, because… she didn’t want to offend the Kiev junta.

In response, Vadim Raskin, Russian neurologist from the city of Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovo oblast, started a flash mob, which turned into a global movement (See report by Russia24: С Днем Победы, фрау Меркель канцлера завалили поздравлениями).

On his Facebook page Dr. Raskin wrote in Russian – below is my summary English translation:

“Become a part of the flash mob. Since Angela Merkel has refused to come to Moscow for the Victory Day, let’s bring it to her doorstep. Send her a postcard, congratulating her with the Great Victory. Buy a postcard, or create your own, if you have a color printer. Congratulate her with our mutual Holiday, using only good words and warm wishes, and mail it to: Deutschland, Willy-Brandt-Straße 1, 10557 Berlin, Bundeskanzleramt, Fr. Angela Merkel.”

Next, a snowball effect occurred, proving that one small person indeed can change the world, or at least shift it ever so slightly in the right direction.

Vadim Raskin’s Facebook page quickly got 1500 replies from people who said they were on it. Some got creative and started mailing Merkel old Soviet Victory Day postcards; others created postcards of their own with pictures of relatives who perished in WWII; yet others sent photocopies of heart-wrenching war-time letters from Soviet army soldiers and concentration camp survivors, styled as postcards.

People wrote that Europeans, especially politicians, seem to have already forgotten what happened during the deadly war that devastated the world. It is time to remind them.

Before long, the movement spilled beyond the boundaries of the city of Novokuznetsk into all of Russia, and then, beyond Russia’s borders. Bulgarian anti-fascist movement wrote to Vadim Raskin, promising to send Merkel a postcard every day until May 9th. Within several days, flash mob was joined by over ten countries, including Italy, Serbia, Montenegro (Chernogoria), Israel, Canada and US. Germans had become some of the most active in this chorus.

Vadim Raskin says: “I don’t know how Angela Merkel will react to my postcard and if there will be a reaction. But the response worldwide is enormous. I didn’t expect that. Regardless of what else changes in the world, there are things that should never change. Good is good and evil is evil, under any circumstances.”

Meanwhile, the Kemerovo governor announced that he would be recommending the modest Dr. Raskin for the Russian state award, for using his voice for good. The governor also may send his own postcard to Frau Merkel.

Latest news: having been flooded by postcards from all over the world, Angela Merkel changed her mind and announced she would be attending the May 9th Red Square Victory Parade after all.

I thought I should join the chorus too, in case Frau Merkel forgets again.

My open postcard to German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

red square 1945 parade

red square 1945 parade 2

First Great Victory Parade, Red Square, Moscow, 1945 

Dear Fr. Merkel,

Happy 70th Anniversary of the Great Victory of the Soviet Army over the German Nazis in the deadliest war humans have ever known. Here is my own family’s contribution to the Great Victory:

Maternal great-grandfather, Ukrainian: fought in WWII 1941-1943 as a colonel of the Soviet Army, killed in 1943.

Maternal grandfather, Ukrainian: enlisted as volunteer. Killed in 1945 in Berlin, shortly before the end of war by a German sniper, leaving my grandmother to raise her two small children by herself in the destroyed by war country.

My maternal grandmother and my mother, both Ukrainians, survived German Nazi occupation of Ukraine (Dnepropetrovsk region).

Paternal grandfather, Russian: wounded twice at Stalingrad, into his left arm and right leg. Because of that, after hospital, sent back home and survived the war. He had a large, highly visible dip on his disfigured forearm, where the bullet pierced his bone. His wounds would always flare up when the weather was stormy. Sometimes, he would moan at night, when his pain was especially unbearable.

I hope you like the famous Russian song Zhuravli (Cranes). It is about the Soviet soldiers who perished in World War II, defending the world against fascism. In case you didn’t know, 27 million Soviet citizens, many of them Russians, but also millions of Ukrainians, Belorussians, Jews, and members of all other 100+ nationalities that populated the USSR, died in that war. The song tells the story of how soldiers turn into white cranes, flying in the sky and calling to us, those who have survived them. (Zhuravli has its own Wikipedia page, and here is the English lyrics. I wanted to include German lyrics too. After a search, I found some other languages, but oddly enough, it seems to this day no one has managed to translate it to German.) Here is the YouTube link to this beautiful song for your enjoyment; I chose the original performance by Mark Bernes.

Wishing you all the best, Fr. Merkel. The weather should be getting better soon, I expect.

Sincerely,

Lada Ray

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