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Those Were the Days
January 12, 2010, 10:52 am
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Those Were the Days”  a song is credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian gypsy song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”, lit. “By the long road”), written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism. The first known recording of the song was by Alexander Vertinsky in the 1920s. The song is best remembered for Mary Hopkin’s 1968 recording, which was a top-ten hit in both the U.S. and the U.K.

Gene Raskin frequented The White Horse Tavern in the 1960s and the song lamented the passing of the golden folk days of Dylan, Paxton, Ochs, and The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.

Although the song was popularized in the early 1960s by The Limeliters, Welsh singer Mary Hopkin did the best known recording. It was released on 30 August 1968, shortly after Hopkin was signed to the Beatles’ newly created Apple label. Hopkin’s recording was produced by Paul McCartney and became a #1 hit in the UK singles chart, and reached #2 in the US. The tune topped the Billboard Easy Listening survey.

Paul McCartney, who produced the session, also recorded Hopkin singing “Those Were The Days” in four other languages for release in their respective countries:

  • In Spain, Que Tiempo Tan Feliz,
  • In West Germany, An jenem Tag,
  • In Italy, Quelli Erano Giorni,
  • In France, Le temps des fleurs

Taken from and read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Those_Were_the_Days_(song)

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 think 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 choose,
We’d fight and never lose,
For we were young and sure to have our way.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-dah, da-dada-dada-daah.

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,

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 choose,
We’d fight and never lose,
Those were the days, oh, yes those were the days.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-dah, da-dada-dada-daah.

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 woman really me.

Those were the days my friend,
[ Find more Lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.org/viKU ]
We thought they’d never end,
We’d sing and dance forever and a day.
We’d live the life we choose,
We’d fight and never lose,
Those were the days, oh, yes those were the days.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-da, da-dada-dada-daah.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-da, da-dada-dada-daah.

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.

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 choose,
We’d fight and never lose,
Those were the days, oh, yes those were the days.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-da, da-dada-dada-daah.
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-die, die-die,
Da-da-da-da, da-dada-dada-daah.

(La, la, la, la, la, la.)
(La, la, la, la, la, la.)
(La, la, la, la, la, la.)

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18 Comments so far
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MBD Those were the days my son when we were number one , we had no fear ….

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

Did you just make that up?

Comment by Aron

nope

Comment by leah kleim

You should write a song full of pain. A real balad.

Comment by F.F.B.

Who me ?

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

Ya

Comment by good

I think I wrote the book on pain.

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

http://leahkleimblog.blogspot.com/

http://theleahkleimshow.blogspot.com/

Theres plenty of pain there.

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

Cool! Lets have a taste!

Comment by Aron

ITS ALL OUT THERE. GOOGLE ME

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

I will google you.

Comment by Aron

Its a waste of time but if you want to waste your time, make sure you have no parental controlls on. 😉

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

We love wasting our time. Thats what we do!

Comment by F.F.B.

And we are pro’s at it ! Entreprenurers (how ever u spell that) of waisting time. But, I figured it all out ! (with a sober brain) Time is money, beer costs money, so logicly thinking , beer is time in a bottle !

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

Time isnt money.

All the money in the world cant buy you more time.

Comment by F.F.B.

Comment by F.F.B.

Time is a teacher and a healer…but it still kills you at the end.

Comment by LEAH KLEIM

I hope not.

Comment by F.F.B.




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