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Learn Russian with songs: Kino’s “Pack of cigarettes”

Recent measures from the Russian government to ban smoking from public places in a near future are supported by a majority of Russians. According to some surveys, 76% of the people asked are against smoking in public places and nearly 80% think tobacco advertising should be banned.

And yet, lately while wandering in Moscow streets, I happened to hear the song “Пачка сигарет” (A pack of cigarettes) from legendary rock band “Кино” (Kino) quite a lot. Maybe, it's simply a coincidence, but it gave me the idea to introduce you with this song.

 
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Я сижу и смотрю в чужое небо из чужого окна I sit down and look at the strange sky from someone's window
И не вижу ни одной знакомой звезды. And I can't see one friendly start.
Я ходил по всем дорогам и туда, и сюда, I roamed the roads back and forth,
Обернулся – и не смог разглядеть следы. Turning back, I couldn't see a footprint.
 
Но если есть в кармане пачка сигарет, But if there's a pack of cigarettes in my pocket,
Значит все не так уж плохо на сегодняшний день. It means the day was not that bad.
И билет на самолёт с серебристым крылом, And an airplane ticket for a silver-wing plane,
Что, взлетая, оставляет земле лишь тень. That, taking off, is leaving just a shadow behind.
 
И никто не хотел быть виноватым без вина, And nobody wanted to be found guilty without wine,
И никто не хотел руками жар загребать, And nobody wanted to put his hand in the fire,
А без музыки на миру смерть не красна, And without music in the world death is not picturesque,
А без музыки не хочется пропадать. And without music I wouldn't want to die.
 
Но если есть в кармане пачка сигарет, But if there's a pack of cigarettes in my pocket,
Значит все не так уж плохо на сегодняшний день. It means the day was not that bad.
И билет на самолёт с серебристым крылом, And an airplane ticket for a silver-wing plane,
Что, взлетая, оставляет земле лишь тень. That, taking off, is leaving just a shadow behind.
 

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