Those Were the Days: MARY HOPKIN

Australian singles chart:
Those Were the Days entered the Kent charts on 28 September 1968 and peaked at #2. The song was #6 on the Top 100 of 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.
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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.
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This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 60s

BONUS CLIP: Дорогой длинною

Paintings used in the clip by Konstantin Razumov.

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