Qu'importe le Chagrin

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the more-or-less title song of the album, known in the original Russian as Chto Myne Gorye...


we do as an instrumental, but...
CHTO MYNE GORYE/WHAT DO I CARE? (aka No Sorrow for Me/Qu’importe le chagrin)

Let the guitar sound, let it not tire,
Let the strings cry out to one another!
As through a drunken fog I see your eyes,
Through the refrain of a song I hear your laughter!"
What do I care?
It is possible in a lifetime
To drink up the whole sea.
Be still, my heart! Higher, higher,
Raise the glasses filled with old wine!
No longer a sound of gypsy songs,
All the gypsies are asleep now,
But as long as there's champagne in the glass,
Life or death are all the same to me!

(translation from liner notes of Theodore Bikel Sings Songs of a Russian Gypsy)


from No Sorrow For Me, released November 18, 2010




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