“Yo, heave ho!” Live


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Leonid Kharitonov – “Yo, heave ho!” (Russian: “Ej, Uhnem!”)

Russian Folk Song also known as “The Volga Boatmen Song”.
Soloist’s Tchaikovsky Hall debut. Concert of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Tchaikovsky Hall–Moscow, 1965.
Read more about this song.

Attention: This video has English subtitles!

The Volga Boatmen Song on Wikipedia.


Lyrics:

Эй, ухнем, эй, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Эй, ухнем, эй, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Разовьем мы березу,
Разовьем мы кудряву,
Ай да, да, ай да!
Ай да, да, ай да!
Разовьем мы кудряву.

Эй, ухнем, эй, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Эй, ухнем, эй, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Мы по бережку идем,
Песню солнышку поем,
Ай да, да, ай да!
Ай да, да, ай да!
Песню солнышку, поем!

Эй, ухнем, эй, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Эй, ухнем, ей, ухнем!
Еще разик, еще раз!
Эх ты, Волга, мать-река,
Широка и глубока,
Ай да, да, ай да!
Ай да, да, ай да!
Широка и глубока!

Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
Now we fell the stout birch tree,
Now we pull hard: one, two, three.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Now we fell the stout birch tree

Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
On the bank we walk along,
To the sun we sing our song.
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
To the sun we sing our song.

Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
Yo, heave ho! Yo, heave ho!
One more time, once again
Ah, you–Volga–Mother River
Wide and deep
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Ay-da, da, ay-da!
Wide and deep.


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15 Responses to ““Yo, heave ho!” Live”

  1. neil nettmann says:

    Magnificent music, an outstanding talent. Thank you so much for this site and the youtube channel. We are lucky to be be able to hear this wonderful voice, growing up in South Africa where we didn’t hear music from ‘behind the iron curtain’. Mr Kharitonov is an inspirational man and a great role-model for vocalists everywhere, Thank you! his kindness and humility comes across in his performances.

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  2. veysi ateş says:

    Salute and best regards to father Leonid Kharitonov Diyarbekir North Kurdistan Turkey. I am very intereted in epic music and be sure that there is no equevelent of ey uhniem ( of cource 1965 performance). Salute all comrades.

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  3. patricio hernandez says:

    estimado leonid, agradecido y emocionado, su voz prevalece en el tiempo, ojala pudiese visitar Chile junto a es gran grupo y coro de las fuerzas armadas, bellas voces. un abrazo

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  4. John says:

    Разовьем мы березу -- What do they do with the curly birch, “develop” it?? I know the words but not the meaning.

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  5. Skander B. says:

    If I decided to undertake learning Russian, it was because of the great musical talent of Leonid Kharitonov. Now his music helps me practice my Russian daily.

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  6. Eythor Edvardsson says:

    Dear Mr. Kharitonov.
    Thank you for your tribute to one of the greatest emotions in the world: singing. Your performances will live forever as a sample of greatest voice and natural techniques of singing. What a voice! And all comes so naturally for you! I just viewed the thank you video from april 2009. Your sincerity is heart warming.
    The video from 1965 with Red Army Choir is one of my all time favourite music videos.
    I have been singing in a male choir for many years and would love to hear you singing. Do you still perform? I would be so honoured to know if so, I would make a trip to that concert!
    My kindest regards to you with all my best wishes,
    Eythor Edvardsson
    President of Nordisk Sangerforbund.
    ( Union of singers in Scandinavian and Baltic Countries )

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    • admin says:

      Dear Eythor.

      Thank you for your heartfelt comments! Unfortunately, the singer has been retired since 2006. All comments are shared with him, and he greatly appreciates hearing from his fans.

      Good luck with your singing, and all the best!

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  7. Nikola says:

    I am 33 years old and i am from Skopje, Macedonia.I have been listening this song since i was 3 years old.I have grown up with this song.Mainly becouse my parents sing in a chorus and they are in love with this song.They have the complete albums (at that time on longplay record) and this song was mine and their favorite..when i discover this blog and read more about the main singer-Leonid Kharitonov…i can only say that brings me very good memories and feelings of that time.Also i would like to add that the performance of Leonid is unspeakable great, magnificent, the tone of the voice is extraoridnary, one word BRAVO…BRAVO…..BRAVO…
    Wish you all the best, sanf my regards to your father Leonid from Macedonia…he has real admires here between macedonian people…
    and keep up with the good work…
    PS. I can hardly wait to see another post either video or audio.

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    • admin says:

      Dear Nikola!

      Thank you so much for your comment! We are so pleased to know that you know and love this music for such a long time. And thank you for all your wonderful wishes. We will definitely address all your words to Leonid Kharitonov soon and we think that he will be very glad to hear them!

      All the best to you and to all brothers from Macedonia!

      Mikhail

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      • nikola says:

        Dear Mikhail,

        I would like to ask you something regarding the lyrics of this song.
        I would like to know what is your father singing about(what are the lyrics of this song) and the English translation of it for the words that he is singing in the video above”“Yo, heave ho!” Live” version of it in the time between 3′ 24 and 3′ 34 seconds…
        This is because i can not find the lyrics in the song version(lyrics)..or anywhere on the internet for this song.

        Thank you very much in advance.

        While i am waiting for the answer i wish you and your family all the best.

        Nikola

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  8. anything could sound nice with Aleksandrov choir… especially this song, and a singer like that… I would definitely like to see them in my city again… They were here in Belgrade almost two decades ago, I was to young to remember anything, except ad which had various videos of Red Army….

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    • admin says:

      Thank you for your warm words! We hope you’ll be able to attend a performance the next time the Choir visits Belgrade.

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  9. Magnificent – and thank you so much, LHaritonov, for letting us see Boris give Leonid Kharitonov a well-deserved hug at the end. Definitely sung better than Chaliapin’s version.

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      Thanks for your comments! They’re always appreciated.

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