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Those Were The Days
 (1963)
 
ID: 164

Square Dance
Recordings
Those Were The Days Blue Star 2605
Those Were The Days ESP 169
Those Were The Days Hi Hat 378
Those Were The Days Lore 1106
Those Were The Days Riverboat 226
Those Were The Days Riverboat 245
Those Were The Days Silver Sounds 129
Those Were The Days White Knight 8
Lyrics By

Gene Raskin 
Composed By 
Recorded By

The Limelighters (1963); Mary Hopkin (1968) 
Comments

Music from a Russian gypsy folk song Дорогой длинною ("Dorogoi dlinnoyu")
translated "Along a long road (or way)".
Some sources claim it was written by Boris Fomin (1900-1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii (original Russian lyrics). 
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Lyrics

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Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And dreamed of all the great things we would do

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
La la la la...
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days

 

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