“Gena’s Birthday Song”


This is another classic song from the “Cheburashka” series. People still frequently sing it on birthdays. While it will help you learn the phrase “Happy birthday,” learning the lyrics will also help prepare you in case you ever find yourself at a Russian birthday party.
Boy, Guitar, Sitting, Outdoors

Пусть бегут неуклюже

Пусть бегут неуклюже
Пешеходы по лужам,
А вода — по асфальту рекой.
И не ясно прохожим
В этот день непогожий,
Почему я веселый такой.
 
Припев:
Я играю на гармошке
У прохожих на виду...
К сожаленью, день рожденья
Только раз в году.
 
Прилетит вдруг волшебник
В голубом вертолете
И бесплатно покажет кино.
С днем рожденья поздравит
И, наверно, оставит
Мне в подарок пятьсот «эскимо».
 
Припев
Я играю на гармошке
У прохожих на виду...
К сожаленью, день рожденья
Только раз в году.

Never mind that the clumsy pedestrians are jumping over rain puddles.
And that the water is streaming down the street.
And never mind that the passers-by can't make sense of
Why is it that I'm so happy on such a dreary day.
 
Yet I'm playing my accordion
In front of everyone on the street.
It's so sad that a birthday
Can only happen once a year.
 
A wizard will suddenly appear
In a blue whirlybird,
And will show me free movies.
He'll say Happy Birthday
And just before he flies away
He'll probably leave 500 ice cream cones for me.
 
Yet I'm playing my accordion
In front of everyone on the street.
It's so sad that a birthday
Can only happen once a year.

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