Those Were the Days My Friend
We Thought They’d Never End
The mind does some interesting things sometimes, at least mine does. Maybe it’s quarantine-itis?!
I was leaving the grocery store this afternoon, purchases in the cart and mask on my face, and found myself thinking how strange our world has become these last couple of months.
Shopping used to be a relatively straightforward experience, if you knew the store, had your list, and knew where things were. Not any more, although I dare say things have become more habitual these last couple of months, thankfully.
Looking back, no masks were needed, no sanitizing of carts and baskets, no standing in line to get in if the store had a certain number of people in it, and no signs on the floor directing you one way up and down the aisles. Purchases on items weren't limited, the shelves were typically full (whoever saw the flour shelves empty, or the TP or paper towels?) and there was no standing in line waiting to be directed to a cashier.
And forget the signs reminding us about social distancing. Who ever heard of that 2 months ago?
And that’s just the grocery shopping experience. Just imagine what life changes we could ponder if we wanted…nope, not going there.
But if you need some nostalgic entertainment, read on. Otherwise, your time may be well spent elsewhere.
Back to my wandering mind...
The song, “Those Were the Days,” popped into my head as I was walking to the car (no, not the Edith and Archie Bunker “All in the Family” theme song, but the other one). You can read about the song here.Who knows where THAT memory came from?!
After dropping off a few things at my Mom’s condo (she’s 93 and does not go out to shop!), I went home and journeyed down the rabbit hole for a few minutes reading about the origins of “Those Were the Days.”
Most of you are likely familiar with the English lyrics, by Gene Raskin, and made popular by Mary Hopkin in 1968, becoming a #1 hit single in the UK.
But the original version is a Russian romance song “Dorogoi Dlinnoiu” (By the Long Road) reportedly composed by Boris Fomin around 1924; the well-known English lyrics are not a translation, by the way.
I could go on about the days in the past but who really wants to relive all that? We have our current reality and pining for the past won’t change anything. But a little nostalgia can help keep us entertained, and perhaps make us a bit wistful for those days we thought would never end!
Here’s Mary Hopkin with her hit!
And here are a few more classic versions of that Russian romance song.