Long Road (1920)

Aleksandr Vertinskii. Music: Boris Fomin. Lyrics: Konstantin Podrevskii
Description: Vertinsky first performed this song at a benefit concert on October 25, 1917 – truly marking a turning point on the ‘long road’ of Russian history. Many Soviet performers continued to perform the song during NEP; Vertinsky made it a hit in his Parisian emigration, making it one of the few Russian popular songs to gain success in the West. Under the title ‘Those Were the Days,’ the song has been covered by many performers over many decades, few of them conscious of its historical origins.

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