May 9th is celebrated every year in Russia as Victory Day to commemorate the victory in 1945 over Nazi Germany in World War II. Leonid Kharitonov wholeheartedly thanks all veterans for their service and their sacrifices!
This lighthearted, morale boosting song, Vasya-Vasilyok, was composed by Anatoly Novikov in 1942 and was very popular for many years. In 1965, Kharitonov and tenor Ivan Bukreev were chosen to perform it, and its popularity revived and expanded even outside of Russia.
Poor Vasya (Vasily)! His girl hasn’t written to him in weeks. His fellow soldiers try to cheer him up with some good-natured teasing and words of encouragement. (Be sure to turn Captions (CC) on in your YouTube player to view the subtitles! It’s the red button on the right side of the player’s tool bar.)