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Mashina Vremeni- Thin scar on my favorite buttocks (Тонкий шрам на любимой попе)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhnD_aAJHj4

 

Though my girlfriend has many awesome traits

If I had been forced to take them apart

I would pick the way she walks, and the way she speaks,

And the gracious scar on her left buttocks.

Just one look at that scar drives me insane

My heart starts beating in such strange tones

It's too bad that you can't see the scar for yourself

It would seem that, like an elbow, it's so close.

 

CHORUS:

Intoxicated like a wasp in syrup,

I can't get out any more.

A thin scar on your round buttocks:

A torn wound in my soul.

Intoxicated like a wasp in syrup,

I can't get out any more.

A thin scar on my favorite buttocks:

A torn wound in my soul.

 

In the middle of the crowd of all these people

I would have long ago lost the point of living

If I hadn't spent so many hours

Just looking at that scar and touching.

And, it seems, in my mind, it has become

A piece of art, and I can't decide

Which angle it is better to come at it from,

Is it better from the touch or from the sight?

 

CHORUS

 

If I could be born all over again,

If I could take my life back to the start

Once again I'd fall in love with you, and then,

With that scar on your left buttocks.

And everyday as I tread on planet Earth,

My life's motto in my head is spinning:

"Scar on face is decoration for rough men,

Scar on buttocks, decoration for gentle women"

 

Scar on face is decoration for rough men,

Scar on buttocks, decoration for gentle women.

 

CHORUS

  

Akvarium- The One That I Love (Та, которую я люблю)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx-jf-c1ZBM

 

I dreamt of a northern road,

Life passing tranquilly.

Suddenly, the sky opened.

You were looking down at me.

Angels locked in the shining

And with them, in the same row,

There next to you was she; the one that I love.

 

I'm telling you, "Please hear me!"

I'll give you what I have:

Give you my soul and body,

Give you my life and death,

All that is still unsung,

In your paradise, a home

Only give me back her; the one that I love.

 

There's little light in one heart,

One 30-watted lamp.

Once all of it has burnt out,

New ones are found in hell.

And so, on this icy edge,

I'm carelessly dancing off.

I'm being held by just her; the one that I love

 

Though I don't know what's ahead,

It is my fate that is known

Here she is, here she waits! The one that I love.

 

Garik Sukachev- My Grandmother Smokes a Pipe (Моя Бабушка Курит Трубку)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1PIWuleqEU

 

My grandmother smokes a pipe

Blackish-black tobacco.

My grandmother smokes a pipe

Puffs it with the strength of a sailor.

My grandmother smokes a pipe

And adores firy rum,

And we drink it together in happiness

when I drop by my grandmother's home.

 

CHORUS:

Though she doesn't have anything left over,

In her pocket, there's just three rubles

But my grandmother smokes a pipe.

Smokes a pipe, my grandmother.

 

My grandmother smokes a pipe

And drafts plans to conquer ports

And then she takes prisoner another neighbor

And sells her to a brothel for sailors.

She becomes the greatest whore,

She becomes a woman vampire...

Around grandmother's waist is a blue corset

Around her neck, a satin bow is tied.

 

CHORUS

 

My grandmother smokes a pipe

In the tiny room of her cramped home.

My grandmother smokes a pipe

And through the smoke sees the sea waves foam.

She is the cause of fear for all the pirates

But they also revere her

Because grandmother burns and robs their frigates,

But she salvages children and elders.

CHORUS (2x)

 

 

Nautilus Pompilius- Wings (Крылья)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5mTTMmt-hs

 

Standing with your face to the wall,

You take off your evening dress.

I see the fresh scars

On your back, smooth as velvet.

I want to be dissolved in sleep.

Or to cry of agony.

Where are your wings that were so lovely to me?

 

Where are your wings that were so lovely to me?

Where are your wings that were so lovely to me?

 

Today, both of us have work

Before, both of us had time

To prove the strongest eat the weakest,

To prove that the ashes are white.

And all of us lost something

In this maddening war.

By the way, where are those wings, the ones that I used to adore?

 

Where are those wings, the ones that I used to adore?

Where are your wings that, the ones that I used to adore?

 

I do not ask your number of husbands,

Don't ask how much money you own.

I see you're afraid of open windows

You're terrified of high floors.

And if tomorrow there is a fire,

The whole building the flames will engulf,

We will die without those wings, the ones that I used to love.

 

Where are your wings, the ones that I used to love?

Where are those wings, the ones that I used to love?

 

 

Maksim Leonidov- Vision of a Girl (Девочка-Видение)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sar_wpR0JU

 

It was a simple St. Petersburg evening

I was walking through a terrible world

Only suddenly, I saw, walking towards me,

Just a vision, or maybe a girl.

And it seemed like I knew her from before

It was somebody's birthday, I recall.

And the name was Dasha, I'm sure,

Of the vision, or maybe the girl.

 

CHORUS (2x):

She traveled like a caravel over the green waves,

Like a cool rain after a hot day.

I turned my head around to see if she was looking back at me

To see if I had turned to look back her way.

 

I was singing something about eyelashes,

I was whispering some nonsense to her.

Unexpectedly, she flew up and vanished

Just a vision, or maybe a girl.

For a long time, I watched the star-filled sky

And the next day, I was ill, I was torn,

And I searched for her, but I could not find

Just the vision, or maybe the girl.

 

CHORUS (2x)

 

Now, I live a quiet and tranquil life,

But each evening, as I tread down the roads

With greed, I search the crowds for the eyes

Of just a vision, or maybe a girl.

You resemble her, as if you were sisters,

But not her, though it brings pain to my soul

I'll go home, and in my dreams will appear

Just a vision, or maybe a girl.

 

CHORUS (2x)

 

 

Neschiastniy Sluchay- The Sandpit Generals (Генералы Песчаных Карьеров)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Ee3FHPbss

 

I started life within the city slums

I never heard a pleasant word.

While you were showering your babes with love,

I begged for food, and I was cold.

So when I pass, don't cringe at what you see.

It's not my fault, the fault is not on me.

 

Why have you abandoned me here to brood?

Where is my home? Where is my hearth?

You do not recognize my brotherhood.

But I'm a human. I'm your brother.

So when your brother knocks, open the door.

For, none of this has ever been my fault.

 

In this place of skyscrapers and villas,

The window light is blinding me.

But if I could find the strength to get up,

You'd all answer for everything.

You always pray up to your dieties.

Your dieties forgive you all your sins.

 

You knew the caresses of your mothers.

I never did. Only in dreams,

Within my childish visions made of gold,

Occasionally, Mom would appear.

Oh mommy, if you were with me here now,

My bitter fate would sweeten up somehow.

 

 

Neschiastniy Sluchay- What Did You Mean by That? (Что ты имела в виду?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9qOBZc3OcY

 

So you and I, we met about two springs ago,

And on the very next day, you brought me home

You told me to sit, you told me to stand,

And then you said, "Okay!" and laid down on the bed.

I understand, it's a hint! Of course I understand.

But please explain, dear, what exactly did you mean by that?

 

CHORUS:

I just don't get it (What did you mean by that?)

No, I don't get it (What did you mean by that?)

Of course, I get it, (What did you mean by that?)

But, what exactly? (What did you mean by that?)

What did you mean by that, what did you mean by that, what did you mean...?

 

When I had barely had the time to remember your grin,

You took me shopping and we bought a couple of rings,

The organ played, the guests drank wine,

And your mother called me "son", but I don't know why!

Of course, I know it's a hint. Of course, I understand.

But I don't get it, what exactly did you mean by that?

 

CHORUS

 

And then you thought I was asleep, but I was peering at you

As you were pouring some strange powder into my soup.

What a strange taste! It gets dark in my eyes!

And then you said, "Okay! I'll see you in the skies!"

I understand, it's a hint, of course I understand.

But I don't get it what exactly...?

 

CHORUS

 

How is my life without you? All the mute sorrow is gone

Everything up here is good, yes, it's all wonderful, hon.

But as you're walking down there, I am flying up here

And you're not really in a hurry to join me, my dear.

But it's all right, it's okay, I will wait

Because I still need to find out, what was that powder, hon?

Why was it really that your mother went and called me "son"?

Well, I was asking around, they all keep smirking their brows.

Of course, they're angels, but how could they possibly know?

But it's all right, it's okay. I will patiently wait.

Although, you know...although, you know...

I think I"m starting to understand all of the things that you meant!

 

CHORUS

 

 

Nogu Svelo- In the dark (В темноте)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU0ZwPS-7ug

 

Tonight a careless woman in her years

Got tangled in some wires around her feet

Just like in outer space, it became dark

Entire world became a pitch black spot.

 

In the dark. All the contours fading in the dark.  

I am caressing your lips, but they might belong to someone else.

 

A young and careless woman in her flight

Felt tickled in a few places tonight 

Behind the mask of darkness, it may be

Appeared the male phantasm from her dreams.

 

In the dark, all the contours fading in the dark.

Lips are searching for your lips, but they might belong to someone else.

 

All the soldiers in trenches have now

Thrown off all of their weapons, they're frolicking they're rolling in the dust.

In the battles of touching the law

Is to give in, surrender. The horn, it beckons in new feats of love.

 

All of the naive infants sleep in cribs

All yogis sit on ashes, moan and grin

But dude, their destiny is to withhold

And year by year the yogis will still smolder.

 

In the dark, pain will not diminish in the dark

I am caressing your lips, but I'm understanding that

In the dark, all the contours fading, fading fading in the dark

I am caressing your lips but they might belong to,

Might belong to, might belong to someone else.  

 

Garik Sukachev- Olga (Ольга)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6nZWDBR3l0

 

REFRAIN:
Pound on, foreshadowing fate,

Wake the syllables of a rowan berry phrase 

Knock on the door, sprinkle the snow

Through the omen woods, fields where the rivers flow.

 

One has no will to turn lights on

One has no will to just say, "no",

Serpent of fate spreads like a rainbow

Eats her own tail, ice within her gaze

Fear within her chest, sorrow in her soul

Painful, oh painful, but she slithers on

 

REFRAIN

 

Oh how I long to just cower in your shoulder

To find the word, to find the thought.

To burrow in my pocket and find some ice

Cool off my brow, cool off my brow.

Little clock's ticking on, ding dong

Only a moan rung behind the white-haired mountain

Little creek trickers down the grass of years

Across you and I, across of two of us 

 

REFRAIN