“The Cliff” Live



Leonid Kharitonov – “The Cliff” (Russian: “Utyos”)

Russian Folk Song. Music – A. Rashevskaya, Lyrics – A. Navrotsky

Soloist’s Tchaikovsky Hall debut. Concert of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Tchaikovsky Hall–Moscow, 1965.
Read more about this song here.



Lyrics:

Есть на Волге утёс,  диким мохом оброс
Он с вершины до самого края.
И стоит сотни лет, только мохом одет,
Ни нужды, ни заботы не зная.
И стоит сотни лет, только мохом одет,
Ни нужды, ни заботы не зная.

На вершине его не растет ничего
Только ветер свободный гуляет.
Там могучий орел свой притон там завел
И на нем свои жертвы терзает.
Там могучий орел свой притон там завел
И на нем свои жертвы терзает.

Из людей лишь один на утёсе том был,
Лишь один до вершины добрался.
И утёс человека того не забыл,
И с тех пор его именем звался.

И поныне стоит тот утёс и хранит
Все заветные думы Степана,
И лишь с Волгой одной вспоминает порой
Удалое житьё атамана.
И лишь с Волгой одной вспоминает порой
Удалое житьё атамана.

 

There is a cliff on the Volga river covered with wild moss
From its top to its bottom
And it stands there for hundreds of years covered with moss
Knowing neither need nor care.
And it stands there for hundreds of years covered with moss
Knowing neither need nor care.

Nothing grows on the top of it
Just the free wind floats around
A mighty eagle made his hideout there
And there it torments its victims.
A mighty eagle made his hideout there
And there it torments its victims.

Only one man among all others was on that cliff
Only he was able to get to the top
And the cliff didn’t forget this man
And from then on it was called by the man’s name.

And that cliff is still there and it still keeps
All the cherished thoughts of Stepan (Razin)
And along with only the Volga river it remembers sometimes
The glorious living of the rebel leader
And along with only the Volga river it remembers sometimes
The glorious living of the rebel leader!

 



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One Response to ““The Cliff” Live”

  1. Melina says:

    This song touches me every time I listen to it! And I can’t stop listening to it. He is a fabulous singer, one of a kind!! The emotion in his voice is fabulous! It’s a pity I just discovered him now. Unfortunately I am only 18 and never had the chance to hear him sing live.
    I wish him all the best.

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