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Nestor Makhno

FNG / Fresh Meat
Feb 25, 2006
Penryn, Cornwall
I am including this wonderful song on my map, RO-Makhnovo, and have decided to post the lyrics here as a resource for anyone that likes it. It was the most popular song in the Soviet union during the Great Patriotic War and it's not hard to see why:

Расцветали яблони и груши, -------------Raztsvetali yabloni i grushi,------------------Apples and pears were blossoming,
Поплыли туманы над рекой; ---------Poplyli tumany nad rekoi;------------Mist on the river floating;

Выходила на берег Катюша, --------Vykhodila na byereg Katyusha,--Walking along the bank was Katyusha,
На высокий берег, на крутой. -------Na vysokiy byereg, na krutoy.-----along the high, steep bank.

Выходила, песню заводила ----------Vykhodila, pyesnyu zavodila------She walked and began to sing
Про степного, сизого орла, ----------Pro styepnovo, sizovo orla,------about a grey steppe eagle,
Про того, которого любила, ---------Pro tovo, kotorovo lubila,---------about the one she loved,
Про того, чьи письма берегла. ------Pro tovo, ch'i pis'ma byeregla.---about the one whose letters she cherished.

Ой, ты песня, песенка девичья,-----Oy, ty pyesnya, pyesenka dyevich'ya,--Oh, you song, song of a maiden,
Ты лети за ясным солнцем вслед,----Ty lyeti za yasnym solntsem vsled,-----Fly to the clear sun,
И бойцу на дальшем пограничье---I voytsu na dal'shem pogranich'ye-----and to the soldier on the far border,
От Катюши передай привет.----------Ot Katyushi pereday privyet.----------bring Katyusha's greetings.

Пусть он вспомнит девушку простую,--Pust' on vspomnit dyevushku prostuyu,-----May he remember the simple maiden,
Пусть услышит, как она поет,----------Pust' usluschit, kak ona poyot,------------------- may he hear how she sings,
Пусть он землю бережет родную,----Pust' on zyemlyu byerezhot rodnuyu,-----------may he defend the motherland, the nation,
А любовь Катюша сбережет---------- A lyubov' Katyusha sberezhot. ------------ and love Katyusha will protect.

My apology to any native speakers of Russian if my translation is a bit wonky, but I think it captures the spirit.

You can hear this, and other songs from the era at http://www.7thguards.com/mp3.phphttp://www.7thguards.com/
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