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"The Ballad About Russian Boys" - Leonid Kharitonov & the Alexandrov Red Army Choir (1966)

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Uploaded on Sep 24, 2009

Leonid Kharitonov & the Alexandrov Red Army Choir - "The Ballad About Russian Boys" ("For the future days' sake")
Music by A.Novikov, lyrics by L.Oshanin
A clip from the New year TV show, 1966
(with English subtitles)

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The lyrics:

Is it possible to forget those Russian boys,
Those lads for whom the factory was like a home?
In their fathers' old caps and threadbare jackets
The boys entered the year 1917
The canons are pointed at their chests and the wind is roaring at their backs
Thus, the year 1917 met the boys.

The Revolution is looking and its eyes are severe:
"Where are you from? Who are you? What are you ready for?"
Stubborn hands were raised in reply:
"We are ready for heroic deeds! We are ready to suffer!
For the sake of joy of the approaching lights,
For the hunger, for the gravestones' cold,
We are ready for everything for the sake of future days!"

The dawn rose over the Earth each year,
And Russia was rising, forgetting about the past
It was pampering the boys with its love
And warmed them in its heart as it could
But suddenly the year 1941 burst into fire
Girding the boys with a soldier's belt..

The Motherland is looking at them and its eyes are severe:
"Where are you from? Who are you? What are you ready for?"
Courageous hands were raised in reply:
"We are ready for the battle! We are ready for the years of separation!
We are ready for the joy of the victorious lights,
For hunger, for the gravestones' cold,
We are ready for everything for the sake of future days!"

Nowadays, the youth are raising space rockets!
The Fatherland has given everything they could wish for.
But from alien ranges of the sleepless planet
Death threatens to destroy the whole earth completely again
The ashes of the atomic storms are made red-hot!..
What shall we do, boys, to keep Youth alive?!

History is calling and its eyes are severe:
"Where are you from? Who are you? What are you ready for?"
Strong hands are raised in reply:
"We are taking the whole big Earth under our personal care."
Flower and turn green, our dear planet!
We love your shimmering lights.
We will do everything for the sake of your life!
For the sake of future days!

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