I’ll wait for you; outside the window, in rain and in snow.
You looked at me
You searched for me everywhere.
I used to run, keeping you always in view.
Now, you’re not there.
For some reason, you’re not there.
I just want you to gaze at me.
Outside the window, in rain and in snow,
it was time to sleep, but I couldn’t sleep.
Always the same yard, always the same laugh,
and I miss you a little bit.
I’m going out,
beyond my familiar haunts.
With Natasha at the cinema, I don’t hurry; I’m not with you.
But the windows of your quiet home
send your greetings
like the old guys still clicking their dominoes.
I go over and over
in the darkened courtyard.
You said you’d come, even though it’s night.
This evening to me
Is nothing but a grain of sand.
I’ll wait for you, only you, even if it’s forever.
The first five minutes or so of this vid are a speech by V V Putin… then, a fanfare announces the concert proper.
Lyube is one of the most-beloved musical ensembles in Russia, and N V Rastorguyev, its frontman, is one of Russia’s most recognisable celebrities. They’re 100 percent patriotic, but rooted in the people (think of Kolya Rastorguyev as a Russian John Mellencamp, and you’d be right). Their latest album, За тебя, родина-мать (Za tebya, rodina-mat: To You, Mother-Motherland) has an anti-Banderist theme. You can see the folk and shanson (“thieves’ songs”) influence in their work.