(English lyrics by Gene Raskin, Music is Russian song)
Em 1. Once upon a time there was a tavern E7 Am where we used to raise a glass or two. Em Remember how we laughed away the hours, F#7 B7 dreaming of the great things we would do. Em Am Those were the days, my friend, we thought they`d never end, D D7 G we`d sing and dance forever and a day, Am Em we`d live the life we`d choose, we`d fight and never lose, B7 Em for we were young and sure to have our way. - Am B7 Em Em 2. Then the busy years went rushing by us, E7 Am we lost our starry notions on the way. Em If by chance I`d see you in the tavern, F#7 B7 we`d smile at one another and we`d say.Em 3. Just tonight I stood before the tavern. E7 Am Nothing seemed the way it used to be, Em In the glass I saw a strange reflection. F#7 B7 Was that lonely woman really me ? + Chorus #2 - Am B7 Em Em 4. Through the door there came familiar laughter, E Am I saw your face and heard you call my name. Em Oh, my friend, we`re older but no wiser, F#7 B7 for in our hearts the dreams are still the same. Chorus # 2(2nd chorus) Those were the days, my friend, We thought they'd never end, We'd sing and dance forever and a day. We'd life the life we'd choose, we'd fight and never lose, Those were the days, oh, yes, those were the days.