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Korobeiniki

Korobeiniki was originally a Russian folk song. Everyone today would recognize it as the wicked ass Tetris theme song. Nekrasov Nikolai, a Russian poet, wrote lyrics to this song in 1861. All I know is the title means "Merchant". Other than that, I have no idea what it is saying. Maybe someone could persuade one of our komrades to translate? Everyone, dance for the mother country!


"Oj, polna, polna korobushka,
Est' i sittsy i parcha.
Pozhalej, moya zaznobushka,
Molodetskogo plecha!
Vydi, vydi v rozh' vysokuyu!
Tam do nochki pogozhu,
A zavizhu chernookuyu -
Vse tovary razlozhu.
TSeny sam platil ne malye,
Ne torgujsya, ne skupis':
Podstavlyaj - ka guby alye,
Blizhe k milomu sadis'!"

Vot i pala noch' tumannaya,
ZHdet udalyj molodets.
CHu, idet! - prishla zhelannaya,
Prodaet tovar kupets.
Katya berezhno torguetsya.
Vse boitsya peredat'.
Paren' s devitsej tseluetsya,
Prosit tsenu nabavlyat'.
Znaet tol'ko noch' glubokaya,
Kak poladili oni.
Raspryamis' ty, rozh' vysokaya,
Tajnu svyato sohrani!

Korobeiniki is a Russian folk song. Here is the original tune, suitable for the crappy player at noding music:

tempo=300
71 40 28 72 74 44 76 44 72 45 69 45 76 45 74 72
71 44 32 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 47 48
77 50 38 79 81 53 79 77 76 45 76 45 76 45 74 72
71 44 32 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 47 48
77 50 38 79 81 53 79 77 76 45 76 45 76 45 74 72
71 44 32 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 33 21
Here is a slightly different version, based on the arrangement used in Tetris for Game Boy:

tempo=300
76 40 71 72 74 44 72 71 69 45 69 72 76 45 74 72
71 44 32 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 47 48
50 77 0 79 81 53 79 77 76 48 0 72 76 43 74 72
71 47 71 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 0 0

76 40 71 72 74 44 72 71 69 45 69 72 76 45 74 72
71 44 32 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 47 48
50 77 0 79 81 53 79 77 76 48 0 72 76 43 74 72
71 47 71 72 74 40 76 40 72 45 69 45 69 45 0 0

64 45 33 45 60 45 33 45 62 44 32 44 59 40 28 40
60 45 33 45 57 45 33 45 56 44 32 44 47 40 28 40
64 45 33 45 60 45 33 45 62 44 32 44 59 40 28 40
60 45 64 45 69 45 33 45 68 44 32 44 0 0 0 0
You can find various Ogg and MP3 versions of this song by searching on WinMX for each of these words:
  • korobushka
  • korobeiniki
  • korobeyniki
  • tetris
In particular, Ozma's rock rendition of the song ("Ozma - Korobeiniki.mp3") must be heard to be believed.

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