All English lyrics -by Jerry Silverman, except The Little Blue
Kerchief, reprinted from A RUSSIAN SONG BOOK by permission of
Random House, Inc., ©Copyright 1962 by Rose N. Rubin and
Michael Stillman, editors of the book.
1. MY HEART - SERDTSE
How many sweet and tender maidens, How many sweet and lovely
But there is only one that thrills you, robbing you of calm and
sleep, When you´re in love.
Then suddenly love comes upon you, And uninvited it is here, And
ev´ry evening turns into a wond´rous fairyland
And then you start to sing:
My heart, you seem to want to be excited´ My heart, how grand it
is to be alive!
My heart, because you´re you I´m so delighted.
Oh, thank you, my heart, that you can love the way you do!
2. THE LITTLE BLUE KERCHIEF - SINII
The little blue kerchief slipped From drooping shoulders.
You told me that you won´t forget Our tender and affectionate
My beloved, though you are not with me I still lovingly keep the
dear tiny kerchief Under my pillow.
3. MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW (Moscow Nights)
Stillness in the grove, not a rustling sound, Softly shines the
moon clear and bright.
Dear, if you could know how I treasure so This most beautiful
Lazily the brook, like a silvery stream, Ripples gently in the
moonlight; And a song afar fades as in a dream.
In the spell of this summer night.
4. THE LIGHT - OGONYOK
A young soldier and maid are sad, Soon he´ll leave for the
Dark the night when they said good-bye On the steps at her
As he walked away he could see, Through the dark misty night,
Like a beacon from her window Shining brightly, a light.
At the front he met all his friends, Fellow soldiers were
All about him were his comrades, Side by side night and day.
But the dear, old familiar face
Ever was in his sight: "Where, oh, where are you, my dear one?
Where is my little light?"
5. THE SLENDER MOUNTAIN ASH - TONKAYA
Why ate you abowing, Slender mountain rowan, Bendling your head
down To the very ground?
And across the highway, Over the wide river, Standing just as
lonely, A tall oak hope does give her.
How can I, oh, rowan, Get to that great oak tree, Then I would
not have to Bow and sway so lonely.
6. SILENTLY - TISHINA
At the window beats the stormy night, Whiite and ever shifting
You are many wodds away, you´ve quite Cut me out of ev´ry thought
I know that I´ll never hear from you.
You don´t need that memory.
Through the city I will wander, blue - Silently.
It´s been long since you were standing near, There is no more
path to you.
Happiness comes only once, my dear; Only I did not know what to
Nighttime brings me pain instead of rest; Conscience hurts me
I look out my window hoping for the best - Silently.
Apple trees and pear trees were a-flower, River mist was rising
Young Katiusha went strolling by the hour On the steep banks,
o´er the rocky ground.
By the river´s bank she sang a love song Of her hero in a distant
Of the one she´d dearly loved for so long, Holding light his
letters in her hand.
2. SHOULD THE VOLGA´S BANKS BE FLOODED -
YESLI VOLGA RAZOLYETSA
How much sorrow, how much torment Can one´s heart in love
When he tells you, "See you later," It´s "Farewell," your heart
You can´t guess but only ponder What you destiny will be:
Love and grief, they go together Then you sing this melody:
Should the Volga´s banks be flooded, ´Twould be hard to swim
across, If your sweetheart knows no laughter, All your love would
be a loss, With no moon the sky is hazy; Sharp the frost with
Without love how hard the living, Harder still when you´re in
3. LONELY ACCORDION - ODINOKAYA
Once more night drops its curtain of stillness, Not a door
scrapes, no friendly light rays Can be seen, but somewhere in the
distance Someone´s lonely accordion plays.
Through the night, somewhere off in the distance, Someone´s
lonely accordion plays.
Now it strays through the gate to the meadow, Now it comes
wandering back again, As if seeking someone in the darkness,
Seeking, searching, but always in vain.
Seeking, searching, but always in vain.
4. OH YOU DEAR LITTLE NIGHT - AKH TY
Oh, you dear little night.
Oh, you dark little night.
Oh, ´you autumn night.
Oh. you dark autumn night.
With whom on this night, With whom on this dark night, With whom
this autumn night, Oh, shall I pass the time?
I have no father, I have no mother, And I only have One to call
But we do not live Peacefully as one, Peacefully as one, And
there is no joy.
5. DARK IS THE NIGHT - TYOMNAYA
Dark is the night, only bullets whine over the field, Only winds
o´er the trenches do howl, and the stars twinkle dimly.
On this dark night, darling, I know that you are awake, And while
gently the cradle you rock,you hide all signs of weeping.
How I adore the caress of your beautiful eyes; Oh, if I could for
a moment press my lips to them.
But the black night, oh, my love, keeps us so far apart, And the
dangerous, perilous field is a wide gulf between us.
I´ll come back to you safely.
6. WAIT FOR ME — ZHDI
Wait for me and I´ll come back.
Wait! Have faith and wait.
Wait when gloomy autumn rains, Sadness, sorrow mate.
Wait when snows will fiercely blow, Wait through summer´s
Wait, though some will ne´er come back, Just like bygone
Wait when I am far away Letters don´t appear.
Wait, though others wait no more, Want, be of good cheer.
Wait for me and I´ll return; Do not grieve for me.
Listen not to those who sigh And weep mournfully.
Let my son, my mother think I lie deep in mire; Let all those who
hope have lost, Sitting ´round the fire, Sadly drink of hitter
wine, And for my soul pray.
But, dear, hasten not to drink — I´ll be back one day.
Wait for me, I´m coming back; Death will not win me, Those who
would not wait will cry; Fortunate is he!
They will never understand How through battle´s hell, By your
steadfast waiting, dear, My life you held well.
How this happened just we two Know the secret great.
And the secret simply is: You knew how to wait.
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