Those Were The Days (4:55)

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“Those Were the Days” was released on 30 August 1968. It was Mary Hopkin’s debut single.
It is credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian song “Dorogoi dlinnoyu” (“Дорогой длинною”), written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii.
It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism. The first known recording of the song was by Alexander Vertinsky in the 1920’s.


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  • czarnuh

    @VictorCastellan Angielska też nie jest, oryginał jest rosyjski. It's not an english song either. The original one is russian.

    10 Jun 9:30pm Reply
  • Roy787

    I remember Opportunity Knocks days!

    20 May 10:48pm Reply
  • VictorCastellan

    A ja głupi myślałem, że to polska piosenka.

    22 Feb 5:55pm Reply
  • philliebird

    a new one for me, and a fine one!

    20 Jan 4:20pm Reply
  • wmrjmr1957

    pretty as fhe woman singing it

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • wmrjmr1957

    one of the best songs ever written and performed

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bolters

    Well done !!!!

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    this musical time machine takes me back to specific moments in 1968, when as a PFC in The US Army, stationed in Thailand, i was in a restaurant in Pattaya Beach, eating a great meal, drinking a local Singhai beer and listening to this track. ah, those were the days

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    they were indeed :)

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • justnice61

    Lovely voice.

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ronny2013

    I really liked her songs, quite liked her too.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rickenbackeriff

    And who would of thought that mary would be later puttng her amazing voice on the thin lizzy album bad reputation

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • markaynunez

    I used to listen to this song when I was in high school.

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Saynerin

    Ich liebe Mary Hopkin und ihre Musik.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    The perfect tune for the perfect singer at the right time.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    I've always liked this song ..a great one from Eurovision . ( * _ * ) .

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Indian-spirit

    Das war meine Kindzeit ;)

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
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    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • RevolutionECW

    Русская песня, блядь!!! Или цыганская...........

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bicknor

    They always were the days, but for all of us the days eventually end as they run out for us. Lucky to get 36500 for most of us, even though I am now nearly at 38000. Not very many, really, in the big picture of the Universe.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
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