“The Veterans Don’t Grow Old in Their Souls”


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Leonid Kharitonov – “The Veterans Don’t Grow Old in Their Souls”

Music – S. Tulikov, Lyrics – Y. Belinsky.
Concert in Tchaikovsky Hall commemorating the 70th Anniversay of the Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Soviet Army. Moscow–May 16, 1999. The second piece on the video is “The Farewell of the Slav Girl”, performed by the orchestra.


Lyrics:

Помним грохот огня,
помним дальние страны,
Каждый год, каждый день,
опаленный войной.
Не стареют душой,
не стареют душой ветераны,
Ветераны второй мировой.

Пусть заноют порой
наши старые раны.
Мы к победе, друзья,
шли дорогой крутой.
Не стареют душой,
не стареют душой ветераны,
Ветераны второй мировой.

Нам в отставку пока
уходить еще равно,
Не сдаются сердца,
им не нужен покой.
Не стареют душой,
не стареют душой ветераны,
Ветераны второй мировой.

Прочный мир на земле,
мир крепить неустанно.
Но готовы всегда
мы к судьбе фронтовой,-
Не стареют душой,
не стареют душой ветераны,
Ветераны второй мировой.

We remember the thunder of gunfire,
we remember remote lands,
Every year and every day
parched by the war.
They don’t grow old in their souls,
the veterans don’t grow old in their souls,
The veterans of World War Two!

Let our old wounds hurt sometimes –
Our way to the Victory,
friends, was tough!
They don’t grow old in their souls,
the veterans don’t grow old in their souls,
The veterans of World War Two!

It’s still too early for us to retire,
Our hearts don’t surrendersince
they don’t need the rest.
They don’t grow old in their souls,
the veterans don’t grow old in their souls,
The veterans of World War Two!

Lasting peace on Earth
we must strengthen diligently,
But we’re always ready
for the frontline’s destiny!
They don’t grow old in their souls,
the veterans don’t grow old in their souls,
The veterans of World War Two!


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3 Responses to ““The Veterans Don’t Grow Old in Their Souls””

  1. Bryan Holden says:

    Incredible performance and a fine tribute to the Red Amy that defeated Nazi Germany almost single-handedly.

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  2. Franek says:

    I think I may have found Leonid’s 1966 version:
    http://www.sovmusic.ru/text.php?fname=nestarey

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  3. Chuck M says:

    Amazing performance--hasn’t lost a thing over the years. What power! What emotion! The expression we use in the West is “selling a song”, and Leonid does it like no one else can.

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