Russian Drinking Songs

Another timely post from ‘Russia Beyond the Headlines‘ in this season of friends getting together over a glass or two…  All the songs apart from the last one sound melancholy or downright miserable and seem to express more nostalgia than celebration and enjoyment.  I’m not sure why they begin the piece with this picture. I suppose they start young in Russia.


4 Responses to Russian Drinking Songs
  1. Hilkka
    December 28, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    In Sweden people sing also, when they are drinking. But the songs are very happy and the drinkers don’t get so drunk, because they sing more than they drink. As you know, Finland lies between Russia and Sweden. We Finns don’t sing usually when we are drinking. I think that we Finns don’t want to lose good drinking time for singing. What do you think?

    • Pamela
      December 29, 2015 | 3:15 pm

      I don’t think British people sing much when they are drinking either – apart from members of sports clubs. Especially rugby supporters, whose songs are usually very rude. When I was in Russia in September we had a picnic by a lake with some Russian friends (including vodka, of course) and we British people had to think of some songs we could contribute, because singing was compulsory!

  2. Brenda Kimmins
    February 5, 2016 | 11:22 pm

    I have a wonderful collection of Russian Folk songs on tapes which I must get transferred to CD one day! Many of them are extremely jolly. I have been to Russia many times and invited Rus, a traditional folk group to come to the UK where they entertained us very well.

    • Pamela
      February 9, 2016 | 12:30 am

      Maybe it’s the drinking which leads to melancholy and nostalgia. I agree with you that there are plenty of cheerful folk songs. I love the Russian tango songs of the 1920s and ’30s too. Thanks for getting in touch!

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