[Dixielandjazz] Midnight in Moscow lyrics in English

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Sun Oct 30 08:58:50 PST 2005

Thanks!  I could not find any translation on the internet and the one 
"instant translator" for Russian to English I found could do nothing 
with those lyrics.
Any phonetic version for us language dummies that want to at least 
sound correct?

Another kind of (I think) Russian flavored song (or is it really 
Klezmer?) 1960s pop OKOM song that might come around again now that 
Dolly Parton is singing it - "Those Were The Days" - I have heard 
several jazz groups do it over the years with some success.

Dave Richoux
On Oct 30, 2005, at 5:45 AM, Dick Baker wrote:

> For Dave Richoux regarding transcription of Russian:  There are no 
> hard, fast rules about transcribing from the Cyrillic, but the first 
> version you quoted is much better; the second simply has lots of 
> mistakes.
> For those who care, here's one version of the lyrics in English.  I 
> got it from Cowboy Igor a few years back after hearing him do a great 
> rendition of the song at some jazz festival.  Its source actually 
> appears to be "A Russian Song Book" (Random House, 1962), with the 
> translation by Jerry Silverman.  For artistic purposes, the night is 
> singular in these lyrics, but the original title of the song, 
> "Podmoskovnye vechera," translates as "Moscow Nights" (i.e., the 
> romance lasted all season; it wasn't a one-night stand).  "Midnight in 
> Moscow" appears to be a title created by Kenny Ball for his hit 
> recording.
> Stillness all around, not a rustling sound
> Softly shines the moon clear and bright
> Dear, if you could know how I treasure so
> This most beautiful Moscow night.
> Lazily the brook in a silvery stream
> Ripples gently in the moonlight
> And a song afar fades as in a dream
> In the spell of this summer night.
> Promise me my dear as the dawn appears
> And the darkness fades into light
> That you'll cherish, dear, through the passing years
> This most beautiful Moscow night.
> Dearest why so sad, why the downcast eyes
> And your lovely head bent so low
> Oh, it's hard to speak and yet not to speak
> Of this longing my heart does know.
> --
> --------------------------------------------
>   Dick Baker - Falls Church, Virginia, USA
>             box2 at twotonbaker.com
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