Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafemuddy

Post to this Thread - Sort Descending - Printer Friendly - Home


Lyr Req: Olga from the Volga

GUEST,john Bamber 07 Mar 12 - 04:12 PM
Joe Offer 07 Mar 12 - 07:09 PM
Joe Offer 07 Mar 12 - 07:14 PM
GUEST 09 Mar 12 - 08:08 PM
GUEST,guest - Peter Lobbenberg 11 Jan 13 - 06:41 PM
Ron Davies 11 Jan 13 - 08:00 PM
greg stephens 12 Jan 13 - 01:53 AM
greg stephens 12 Jan 13 - 01:56 AM
GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg 12 Jan 13 - 07:33 AM
greg stephens 12 Jan 13 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg 12 Jan 13 - 10:26 AM
GUEST,Grishka 12 Jan 13 - 03:23 PM
greg stephens 12 Jan 13 - 06:08 PM
GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg 12 Jan 13 - 06:47 PM
MikeofNorthumbria 13 Jan 13 - 01:00 PM
GUEST,Grishka 14 Jan 13 - 08:17 AM
GUEST,strad 14 Jan 13 - 11:19 AM
GUEST,John Bamber 10 Feb 13 - 01:59 PM
Jim Dixon 09 Mar 13 - 11:08 AM
GUEST 17 Mar 13 - 12:12 PM
Kenny B (inactive) 17 Mar 13 - 12:16 PM
Richard Hardaker 17 Mar 13 - 07:06 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:









Subject: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,john Bamber
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 04:12 PM

Hi Im looking for the words to comedy song OLGA FROM THE VOLGA going back into the late 60's.A Preston based band called Combine Harverster and Fleetwood based band Called Woodbine Lizzie recorded the song.Alas Big Dave Cooper is no longer with us so I can't ask him.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 07:09 PM

Hmmmm. This looks like it could be an interesting exploration. What I came up with first was this which turns out to be a fairly recent and foirgettable composition by a blogger named Saviana:



TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008
Olga from Volga
Here's the thing: I've been working for a while on "E-DATE - THE MUSICAL", and now I am on a little break from working on it before getting into E-DATING PROJECT at Strasberg Institute - a class that I teach will result in a show directed by Gia Forakis after I develop the text with the students.

yeah, two different E-Date projects (instead of a real e-date :)

So tonight I feel like posting the lyrics for my favorite song: "Olga from Volga" based on a real e-letter that my friend James got from a Russian Olga (not from the Volga, that's my rhyme:). Just to let people know that it existed before the Strasberg project. It's my blog-copyrighting thing...

BEAUTIFUL BUT LONELY AND TIRED
IN AN ENGLISH THAT'S SURELY A RIOT
OLGA FROM THE VOLGA
REGION WRITES TO ME
HEY JIMMY
"Hello! How You today?
I hope that all at you
Is good. I write to You
because I did not receive letters.
Why not write? What is it what happens?
I not do not need understand
You not want more with me
To communicate, friend?
I hope, that the reason that You are
simply borrowed on work. I shall wait
for Your letter. I hope,
that You will write to me soon,
invite me to Cancun,
Barbados or Miami Florida
I need nice place to rest and give you love
I am and always be your little dove
I sign below forever yours, Olga
From the Volga
Region in Russia"

OLGA FROM THE VOLGA
OH HOW I LOVE TO READ THE WORDS YOU SAY
MY LITTLE DOVE
TOO BAD YOU LIVE 10,000 MILES AWAY.

YOUR LOVING EMAILS TRULY COME DEEP FROM YOUR HEART.
YOUR CHOICE OF WORDS, WHAT CAN I SAY, A WORK OF ART.
I WON'T FORGET YOUR LETTER'S FINAL PART:
"ME WANT NEW LIFE WITH YOU TOGETHER START."
MY LITTLE DOVE, YOU ARE A WORK
A WORK OF ART.

OLGA FROM THE VOLGA
WHERE ALL THIS LEADS, I CANNOT TELL.
MAYBE SOMEDAY I'LL TAKE YOUR HAND
RIGHT TO A CLASS IN ESL.

DEAR OLGA, TELL YOUR SISTER DRUSHKA
I'M SAD SHE LOST HER JOB AND HAS NO HOPE,
AND TELL MAMA AND BABUSHKA
I'M SORRY 'BOUT THE WATER DAMAGE TO THEIR HOME.

DEAR OLGA FROM THE VOLGA
IT BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DISCOMFORT
BUT HONEY PLEASE BE PATIENT
FOR I ALSO HAVE TO LEND MY FULL SUPPORT
TO GORGEOUS TATIANA FROM UKRAINE
AND LOVELY LILIANA FROM COUNTRYSIDE IN SPAIN
AND OXANA FROM LATVIA, CARMEN FROM ROMANIA
AND OLGA - YES, ANOTHER OLGA - FROM LITHUANIA.

OH OLGA FROM THE VOLGA SHORE
YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MY SWEET
LIT' DOVE WHO TRIED TO MEET
BUT WANTED SO MUCH MORE.

Posted by Saviana at 9:26 PM


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 07:14 PM

But wait, there's more. You don't think I'd leave you with just that, do you? Take a look at this YouTube clip of Joan Davis singing "Olga from the Volga" in the 1937 Sonja Henje / Tyrone Power movie titled Thin Ice. I'm guessing this must be the song that was requested. It was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel. I don't have time to do a transcription now. Can anybody do the honors?

Also I found mention of a 1922 Cole Porter song titled "Olga (Come Back to the Volga).

....and there's a 1911 Broadway production titled Vera Violetta that has a song titled "Olga from the Volga" by Eysler/Hirsch/Gideon.

...then of course, there's this children's story titled "Olga from the Volga." I also found a page that spoke of "Olga from the Volga" porn movies, but I won't leave a link to that page because I don't know what it might leave on your computer (or mine)...

Who knew?????

-Joe-


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Mar 12 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for the info but some of the lines I can remember are
Olga was a true Siberian beauty but she used to pull the wings of little flies..... or I loved her quite a lot I must confess and one day she whispered Sergie drown me,I smiled a Russian smile and answered yes.........A masochist in heaven life is hell.

Its not as bad as it may appear.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,guest - Peter Lobbenberg
Date: 11 Jan 13 - 06:41 PM

I learnt this in about 1959, probably through the Heritage Society in Oxford, but sadly I don't remember from whom. Anyway it's clearly a fair bit older than has been suggested. I'm somewhat rusty these days, but so far as I can recall it went something like this. If I remember any more words I'll post again, or some of my contemporaries might if they read this (Mike Sutton?)

The borscht no longer bubbles in the gorschkies [?]
The samovar does not boil so loud and free
The schmielchiks [?] bow their leedle heads in sorrow
For love has gone from Olga…
   … and from me.

Olga was a true Siberian maiden
She was jealous, in a jealous Russian way
She used to take me punting on the Wolga
          [right, that settles it, it was Oxford]
Now Olga's in the Wolga for to stay.

My friends they used to say I was a sadist
I used to pluck the wings from leedle flies
But that was till I met my daaarling Olga
And saw the masochism in her eyes.

It was cruel being kind to leedle Olga
          [that line needs changing]
Into her eyes there came a Russian glow
But when she used to whisper "Sergei... wheep me!"
I smiled a Russian smile and answered No.

It was cruel being kind to leedle Olga
At times it made me sad, I must confess
So when one night she whispered "Sergei... DROWN me!"
I smiled a Russian smile and answered Yes.

…………….

[pianissimo:]
The borscht no longer bubbles in the gorschkies [?]
The samovar does not boil so loud and free
The schmielchiks [?] bow their leedle heads in sorrow
For love has gone from Olga…
   … and from me.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: Ron Davies
Date: 11 Jan 13 - 08:00 PM

Wow, Joe, that 'Thin Ice' Olga was amazing.    Looked like she needed a stunt double--or she'd pray there was only one take.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 01:53 AM

Pete Lobbenberg's "schmielchiks" were moujiks I think, or at least that's how I remember it.Moujiks makes sense in the context.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 01:56 AM

Interesting to hear from Pete Lobbenberg. In my day at the Heritage Society I heard the authorship of the song song credited to Pete himself, but it is clearly older than that.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 07:33 AM

"In my day at the Heritage Society I heard the authorship of the song credited to Pete himself"

I wish!!

2nd verse, 2nd line, should read "She was luscious in a luscious Russian way". We're getting there.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 09:12 AM

Pete: the way the first verse went when I learnt it(presumably from asomeone who got it from you) was:
The samovars are not steaming in(on?) the gorshky
The borscht no loner bubbles soft and free
the moujik hangs his little head in sorrow
And love has gone from Olga and from me

What the gorshky is I cannot say. A place? A stove?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 10:26 AM

Hi Greg, that's not the way I used to sing it, but there's the folk process for you......

Corrected version as I used to sing it - memory gradually returns - except that I've incorporated your moujik; although it's not from me, it certainly makes good sense. No idea what a gorshky is: Wikipedia lists a number of villages etc called Gorski, but rightly or wrongly I always assumed it was just a pseudo-Russian nonsense term.


The borscht no longer bubbles in the gorschkies
The samovar does not boil so loud and free
The moujiks bow their leedle heads in sorrow
For love has gone from Olga…
   … and from me.

Olga was a true Siberian maiden
She was luscious, in a luscious Russian way
She used to take me punting on the Wolga
Now Olga's in the Wolga for to stay.

My friends they used to say I was a sadist
I used to pluck the wings from leedle flies
But that was till I met my daaarling Olga
And saw the masochism in her eyes.

How tenderly she'd whisper "Sergei, beat me!"
Into her eyes there came a Russian glow
How tenderly she'd whisper "Sergei, wheep me!"
But I, her love, would only answer No.

It was cruel being kind to leedle Olga
At times it made me sad, I must confess
So when one night she whispered "Sergei... DROWN me!"
I smiled a Russian smile and answered Yes.

…………….

[pianissimo:]
The borscht no longer bubbles in the gorschkies
The samovar does not boil so loud and free
The moujiks bow their leedle heads in sorrow
For love has gone from Olga…
   … and from me.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 03:23 PM

Gorshki = pots (sing. gorshok). Shmel'chik - might be a slang word for a person who in some respect resembles a bumblebee; my Russian fails me here.

Mr. Masoch was something like a Ukrainian - does that suffice for a comedy song based on national clichés?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 06:08 PM

Great. That makes sense of borscht bubbling in the gorshki. Moujik as surely right, a peasant with a bit of land, I think.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,Peter Lobbenberg
Date: 12 Jan 13 - 06:47 PM

Excellent, Grishka, many thanks.
By way of endorsement, I found this: http://govorim-po-russki.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/russia-is-food-in-gorshochek.html


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 13 Jan 13 - 01:00 PM

Hi to Pete Lobbenberg & Greg Stephens!

I first heard the Olga song from Pete at the Oxford Heritage Society sometime in the academic year 1960/61. My recollection of the verses is very slightly different. Like this:

The samovars are not steaming on the Gorschki
The borscht no longer bubbles soft and free
The smouzjik hangs his little head in sorrow
And love has gone from Olga and from me.

My friends all used to say I was a sadist
Because I pulled the wings from little flies
But that was till I met my darling Olga
And saw the masochism in her eyes (Hai! Hai!)

Olga was a true Siberian maiden,
She was luscious in a luscious Russian way.
I used to take her punting on the Volga
But now Olga's in the Volga for to stay.

How tenderly she whispered "Sergei, beat me!"
As her eyes took on a steaming Russian glow,
How passionately she murmured "Sergei, whip me!
But I, her love, would only answer "Niet!"

It was cruel being kind to little Olga:
I suffered quite a lot, I must confess,
Until the day she whispered Sergei, drown me!"
And I smiled a Russian smile and answered "Da!"

And now the samovars are not steaming on the Gorschki
The borscht no longer bubbles soft and free
The smouzjik hangs his little head in sorrow
And love has gone from Olga and from me.

(And there was a descending guitar riff over an Am chord at the end of every verse.)

Happy New Year everybody,

Wassail!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,Grishka
Date: 14 Jan 13 - 08:17 AM

To be sure, shmel'chik or shmyel'chik (шмельчик) is a Russian word, and still in use for big bumblebees and for male persons, though not mentioned in dictionaries. From the texts I googled, I could not deduce the meaning for persons either.

My wild guess is that shmel'chik here refers to a man who persistently woos or pesters a young woman - similarly to the Italian word "pappagallo" (= parrot). The fictional urban Olga may have had a swarm of such wooers - whereas a muzhik (= boorish person) belongs to a different sphere. Sado-masochism requires a certain level of style.

The author of the song seemed to address an audience who knew those Russian words, presumably from some popular English novels, plays, or films of that time. It is such fashions - rather than the clichés themselves - that lend themselves to good parodistic comedy.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,strad
Date: 14 Jan 13 - 11:19 AM

Last verse:-

Now Olga was a true Siberian lover
She was luscious in a luscious Russian way
She loved to go a-boating on the Volga
Now Olga's in the Volga - and to stay!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: lyr req: words to Olga From The Volga
From: GUEST,John Bamber
Date: 10 Feb 13 - 01:59 PM

Hi ,Back from Siberia.Thanks for the words,most of it with a few slight variations what I recall.However the last verse of the version I heard started       And that was the end of little? Olga
               ?????
               ?????rejoicing
               For a masochist in Heaven life is hell


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: Lyr Add: I'M OLGA FROM THE VOLGA (Gordon/Revel)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Mar 13 - 11:08 AM

I'M OLGA FROM THE VOLGA (or I PLAYED FIDDLE FOR THE CZAR)
Words, Mack Gordon. Music, Harry Revel.
As sung by Joan Davis in the film "Thin Ice" (1937)

I'm Olga from the Volga.
I'm Olga from the Volga,
The butter toast of ev'ry vodka bar.
Ev'rywhere I walk about,
You will hear the people shout:
"There's Volga Olga; she plays fiddle for the czar."
Oh, I fiddle for the czar.
I fiddle for the czar.

In Petrograd in a cabaret,
Who came there to hear me play?
All the regal ladies and their illegal gents,
The finest of nobility,
And they tip me royally:
"Here's two million roubles."
That's exactly thirty cents.

The czar himself would call around ev'ry night at seven.
Then, hey, hey! I would play "A Czar Fell Out of Heaven"
Oh, I would be so happy and I would swell with pride,
For a king can do no wrong, but a couple o' times he tried!

Oh, when I see his highness, my heart is all aflutter.
Well, I get so excited, oh, I stammer and I stutter.
I'm Olg-g-ga from the Volga.
I'm Olg-g-kk from the Volga,
The p-p-, the p-p-pride of ev'ry v-vulgar Volga boatman.
I w-want to go to Am-merica; I t-tried so very hard.
Well, I'll give you every v-vulgar b-boatman for the B-B-Brook—Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Oh, I'm Olga from the Volga.
I'm Olga from the Volga.
I am known both near and far.
When the queen is not around,
Ev'ry night I can be found
Playing on my fiddle for the czar, hey, hey!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Olga from the Volga
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 12:12 PM


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Olga from the Volga
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 12:16 PM

Olga from the Volga ..... is this the correct tune?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Olga from the Volga
From: Richard Hardaker
Date: 17 Mar 13 - 07:06 PM

The last verse, as I recall it sung by Alan Morrison at the Mitre folk club, Knaresborough (well over 40 years ago!)

So that was the end of little Olga
But the angels bore her skywards(?), sad to tell
And now she weeps amongst the great rejoicing,
For a masochist in heaven, life is hell!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 12 December 7:23 PM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.