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This is a live recording at
"les foufounes électriques"

Montreal
Oct. 11, 1988



The Russian Song

My love's not here, she's in Russia
Moscow wasn't big enough, can't be controlled
I found her; she carried me away with a shiver

Up and down the Volga river life could never get much better
Up and down the vodka river life moonlit winters spent together

I went to Irkutsk, I found nothing
I travelled here and there to Red Square
I found her; she carried me away with a shiver

Up and down the Volga river life could never get much better
Up and down the vodka river moonlit winters spent together

She calls to me
In the dark of night
Still her waters to the moon
Our love can never ruin

I lose my love when she freezes in the winter
But when the spring thaw comes again
I found her; she carried me away with a shiver

Up and down the Volga river life could never get much better
Up and down the vodka river moonlit winters spent together

She calls to me
In the dark of night
Still her waters to the moon
Our love can never ruin
Our love can never ruin
Last time!
Nyet!
 


Words and music by Peter Forrest

Year Written: 1983 (Sarnia, Ontario CANADA)
Date Recorded: 1988 (Foufounes électriques, Montreal, Québec CANADA)
Musicians: Peter Forrest (guitar and vocals), François Dubeau (bass), Danny-boy Schwartz (drums)

Song Notes: This song shows Peter Forrest's first fascination with Russia and Russian music. He wrote it in Sarnia at the age of 18 back in 1983. The Vee Gates liked to play this song live and here is the Foufounes dubious version with François' loud NYET!  Notice the joke about "vodka river" in the last chorus.  John Cash really loved this song and so did François.  Our temporary bassist in 1988, Rockin' Russian Rina loved it as well! 

Other pet names for this song:

  • On the Volga
  • I Lose Her Love
  • I Lose My Love When She Freezes in the Winter
  • Volga Girl

Basic Guitar Chords: 

Opening: E7, Am, E7, Am, E7, Am
Verses: Am, Dm, Am, E7, Am, Dm, E7
Chorus: Am, Em, Am, Em, Am, Em, Am, Em
Bridge: Dm6, ?, Am (4x)

- I will try to finalize all the correct chords later