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Lyr/Chord Req: Ochi Chyornye/Dark Eyes

Jayto 21 May 09 - 01:20 PM
GUEST,Hernan 20 Sep 10 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,Johnmc 20 Sep 10 - 10:46 AM
Joe Offer 26 May 15 - 07:57 AM
GUEST,Grishka 26 May 15 - 08:21 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ochi Chornya in English
From: Jayto
Date: 21 May 09 - 01:20 PM

I have found alot of different versions of this song in Russian and English. Does anyone on here perform this in English? If so what version do you sing. I have found a bunch but alot don't seem to flow very well.

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Subject: Chord Req: Ochiy Chyornye/Dark Eyes
From: GUEST,Hernan
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 09:54 AM

Hey guys, I'm looking for the chords for the Russian Folk Song Dark Eyes. Looking around the web I've found lyrics and renditions in acoustic guitar, but not the specific chords as if to accompany a singer with the guitar in Russian Folk style. The closest I've come to is the chords to the Django Reinhardt version, but I'm looking for the traditional version.
Thanks :)

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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Ochiy Chyornye/Dark Eyes
From: GUEST,Johnmc
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 10:46 AM

//..|    A7 | A7   |   A7 |   Dm    |    A7   |    A7    |       Dm    |      Dm    |       Gm    |    Gm      |

|       Dm    |       Dm    |       A7      |       A7    |    Dm    |    Dm ||

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Subject: ADD: Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 May 15 - 07:57 AM

This is one of those melodies that everybody knows, but nobody knows the words. These are the lyrics we have so far for the upcoming Rise Again songbook, but I don't have a credible source to verify the lyrics. Can anybody check them for accuracy?

Please note that somebody above requested English lyrics for this song.


(w: Yevhen Hrebinka (Yevgenii Grebyonka), m: Florian Hermann)

Ochi chyornye, ochi strastnye
Ochi zhguchie i prekrasnye
Kak lyublyu ya vas, kak boyus' ya vas
Znat', uvidyel vas ya v nyedobryi chas

Ochi chyornye, zhguchye plamenny
I manyat oni v strany dal'niye
Gdye tsarit lyubov', gdye tsarit pokoi
Gdye stradan'ya nyet, gdye vrazhdye zapryet

Ne vstrechal by vas, ne stradal by tak
Ya prozhil by zhizn' ulybayuchis'
Vy zgubili menya, ochi chyornye
Unyesli navek moyo schastiye

——w: Yevhen Hrebinka (Yevgenii Grebyonka), m: Florian Hermann
("Valse Hommage")

Hebrinka was a Ukranian poet who first published his Russian lyrics in 1843. This cabaret song was popularized by Fyodor Chaliapin.

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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chord Req: Ochi Chyornye/Dark Eyes
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 26 May 15 - 08:21 AM

Wikipedia has it all, including literal and singable translations:

Phonetic transliteration is an unsolvable problem, particularly for those who are used to reading English. Pronunciation hints are required. You know how to read German, so that the transliteration on German Wikipedia may give you a more accurate idea of the pronunciation.

(I must add that my skills in Russian are far from what you may expect, and they would be zero if I had not made an effort to reacquire them as an adult.)

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