Blue Trolley: A Russian Folk Song Translated by Alex Genadinik

David Verney
3 min readJan 29, 2021


Blue Trolley is a Russian folk song that has been translated into English by Russian singer-songwriter, Alex Genadinik.

Blue Trolley was initially written by the popular Russian musician, Bulat Okudzhava. Bulat is recognised as one of the most popular Russian folk music artists of the 20th century.

This song is well-known in Russia. However, it is a new song to man western ears (mine included).

Alex has been living in New York City for over 20 years. Therefore, he is bi-lingual and speaks both English and Russian fluently.

The Lyrics of Blue Trolley

When I lose the strength To bare all this pain When I feel despair coming on I hop on the last Last subway train Deep into the night

Oh my late night train Sail through the streets And carry me home after midnight And pick up all those who were shipwrecked at night Deep into the night

Oh my late night train — Open your doors And save us from drowning And your passengers — sailors at night Comfort each other

With them more than once, I’ve left troubles behind With them I’ve rubbed shoulders together Imagine the kindness we share in silence We’re silent in kindness

Oh my late night train, Rock me to sleep And carry me like on a river And all of the pain, and all of the pain Starts easing — starts easing.

The Translation of Blue Trolley

The original song is below…

Alex translated this Blue Trolley from Russian into English, himself. English is a more universal audience. Therefore, it is open to appreciation by many millions (if not billions) of other people.

Bulat Okudzhava is remembered for his poetry. He was also another fantastic guitarist. He put his poetry to his music. This is where Alex gets his inspiration from for his own music. From what I understand, Bulat Okudzhava had a big influence on Alex’s music.

The Meanings of Blue Trolley

The blue trolley was a bus that travelled across Moscow. The song is also very sad and melancholic. The trolley bus in Moscow is the last place you would expect to find solace and refuge. However, that is exactly where the writer of the song is referring to.

The whole idea of the song is that you can find comfort in the most unexpected of places. Just as someone said earlier today, everyone needs their own version of the blue trolley.

Learn More About Alex Genadinik’s Music

You can read my review of Hannah’s Song by Alex Genadinik here. Thank you for reading this post about Blue Trolley.

Please also feel free to check out Alex’s YouTube channel here. If you like the music, why not subscribe?

Learn More About Alex’s Other Projects

Alex is a also highly-experienced businessman. He has developed over 130 courses on Udemy. So far, these courses brought in over 300,000 enrolments. Courses are mainly about business-related subjects. Alex is also able to coach or mentor you if you are an entrepreneur or an aspiring entrepreneur.

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You are welcome to discover more about Alex from any of the above.

Thank you for reading this post about Blue Trolley.



David Verney

Author of Complete Guide to Music Marketing, music blogger, music producer and multi-instrumentalist. Graduate from UWL, husband and father.