Shine, Shine, My Star!


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Leonid Kharitonov – “Shine, Shine, My Star!”

Music – P. Bulakhov, Lyrics – V. Chuevskov.
The Leonid Kharitonov’s performance in the Museum House of Fyodr Shalyapin in Moscow. The clip from the TV Show “The Star of Leonid Kharitonov”, 1996.

Critical Commentary

In this song, the singer speaks to a star, asking it to have compassion on him. Kharitonov sings it as if it were a prayer, and the close-up of his face emphasises the spirituality of the performance. In an interview about this, the interviewer asked Kharitonov about his faith; whether as a child he believed. Leonid remembered that in his early years, he did not go to church, but the boy always felt a connection with the sky; with the cosmos. His star, with whom he communicated, spoke to him.

“The more I live… the more I believe that God exists. Lord God was preparing me to be clean, kept me through homelessness, hunger, poverty. I never hurt anyone, did not deceive, did not have debts. On stage, the artist reveals himself to the spectator-listener. If a person is mean, with a dirty soul, the listener sees and feels this. I’m on stage not just performing my part. On stage, I live every romance, folk song, or aria from the opera. This brought me to the Lord God. He established everything in Man so that he learned to understand and distinguish the good from the bad.”


Lyrics:

Гори, гори, моя звезда,
Звезда любви приветная!
Ты у меня одна заветная;
Другой не будет никогда.
Ты у меня одна заветная;
Другой не будет никогда.

Звезда надежд и благодатная
Звезда любви волшебных дней
Ты будешь вечно незакатная
В груди тоскующей моей
Ты будешь вечно незакатная
В груди тоскующей моей

Твоих лучей небесной силою
Вся жизнь моя озарена
Умру ли я, да над могилою
Гори, гори, моя звезда!
Умру ли я, да над могилою
Гори, сияй, моя звезда!

Shine, shine, my star!
The welcoming star of love!
You’re the only cherished one I have
And there won’t be another one!
You’re the only cherished one I have
And there won’t be another one!

The divine star of hope
The star of love of my wonderful days!
You’ll be eternally shining
In my sorrowful breast.
You’ll be eternally shining
In my sorrowful breast.

All my life is illuminated
By the heavenly power of your beams!
So, should I die, over my grave
Shine, shine, my star!
So, should I die, over my grave
Shine, shine, my star!


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