Australian charts: 1968
BONUS CLIP BELOW: Original Russian version
“Those Were the Days” is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put a new English lyric to the Russian romance song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu”, composed by Boris Fomin with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevsky. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.
Mary Hopkin’s 1968 debut single of “Those Were the Days”, which was produced by Paul McCartney of the Beatles, became a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart.
Dusty Old Thing:
The Russian song has a folk melody that is very common in Slavic countries. And Raskin, though he did change the words in the translation, kept the very sentimental feeling of the original Russian lyrics. While the Russian version talks about long horse rides and seven-stringed guitars, the 1960s Raskin’s song talks about going to the tavern and having naive dreams, both equally nostalgic.
Those Were the Days peaked at no 2 on the Go-Set National Top 40 in November 1968.
This song is also on our Spotify playlist.
BONUS CLIP: Дорогой длинною
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