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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Theme Song Thursday: Song of the...


 Эй, ухнем!
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more
Now we fell the stout birch tree,
Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Now we pull hard: one, two, three.

As the barges float along,
To the sun we sing our song.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
To the sun we sing our song.
Hey, hey, let's heave a-long the way

To the sun we sing our song
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more

Volga, Volga our pride,
Mighty stream so deep and wide.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Volga, Volga you're our pride.
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!
Once more, once again, still once more
Yo, heave ho!
Yo, heave ho!




The "Song of the Volga Boatmen" is a well-known traditional Russian song collected by Mily Balakirev, and published in his book of folk songs in 1866.[1]
It is a genuine shanty sung by burlaks, or barge-haulers, on the Volga River.
The song inspired Ilya Repin's famous painting, Barge Haulers on the Volga (top) which depicts burlaks in Tsarist Russia.


1. GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA


2. PAUL ROBESON


3. THE RUSSIAN RED ARMY CHOIR


*
Traveling on the Volga River during the final stage of our cruise on the Viking Surkov  this summer, we saw fewer freighters and more and more pleasure boats the closer we got to Moscow, but, because of a series of canals and locks, Moscow enjoys a reputation as a "seaport" for international trade. 


Posted for Hootin' Anni's musical meme
Thursday Theme Song
Thanks, Anni.
To find out which songs inspired other bloggers this week, please click  HERE!

6 comments:

Julie said...

Off topic ...

No, not fretting in the least. I could not be more content with what is happening in that direction. It is more in the line of an intellectual conjecture. Firstly brought on by a book I am dipping into called 'Nurtureshock' and then by a newsletter Kirsten sent me from the Principal of the school that Alannah has been enrolled at.

Having said that, though, it is night and I am awake. This happens sometimes and I rarely toss and turn, but get up and do something. I know I will sleep well tomorrow night.

kaykuala said...

How very interesting Kay! You brought out historical and cultural facts to spice up your travel stories. Thanks for taking that line of approach,and for sharing!

Hank

Jeanette said...

Your posts are always interesting and educational. I enjoy reading them alot.
The song is a bit different, my husband usually doesn't pay much attention to what I am listening to on the computer, but tonight he asked what in the world I was listening to. I of course replied, "The Song of the Volga Boatman, what else?" lol
I have to admit that I prefer the Glen Miller version.

Great Post!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Such a powerful song. While I have heard this song I never knew its history, thanks for sharing. The Red Russian Army Choir is my favorite version.

Madi and Mom said...

Glen Miller version is my favorite...
Madi and Mom

Ann said...

we have a ship that ran aground. I wish your men can heave it off the reef.