Those Were The Days, My Friends..

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 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.
La la la la…
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days (cont…)

This song became almost a theme for me and Scott back in the day & would often ruefully raise a glass and sing some of the words… How apt it seems today…

What many people don’t know is that the tune of Those Were The Days is actually an old Russian gypsy song, Дорога Длинна (literally: The Road Is Long).

So, my friends, allow me to raise a transpacific glass to happier times, and sing along with me to time gone by.

Here’s a rendition by one of the greatest bands in history, the Finnish rock/insane/words-do-not-suffice band, The Leningrad Cowboys, done in conjunction with the Russian Red Army Choir. It even includes some of the original Russian lyrics.

Those were the days…


3 Responses to “Those Were The Days, My Friends..”

  1. The Waterman Says:

    Right up until the end I’d thought this was going to feature another Finnish band (Turisas)’s version of the song. Of course, I wouldn’t really take you for the folk metal type either, so it’s probably a bit odd I’d leap to that.

  2. Tim Andrews Says:

    Mmm…this version is cooler 🙂

  3. Tim Andrews Says:

    Does the crazy guy jumping in the back remind anyone else of “Jake The Muss”?

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