David Verney

Feb 6, 2021

3 min read

Georgian Song (AKA Grapeseed Song): Translated by Alex Genadinik

Another of Bulat Okudzhava’s songs that Alex has translated is Georgian Song (also known as Grapeseed Song.

Georgian Song is a beautiful, yet sad song about unrequited love. It has a lot of imagery in it and is considered to be one of the most beautiful Russian folk music songs of the 20th century. Just as the late and great, Bulat Okudzhava was considered to be one of the most popular Russian musicians of the last century.

Videos of Georgian Song

This first version is Alex’s translation. In this version he opens it up to much more appreciation and brings Bulat’s music to a more universal audience. I hope you enjoy this version. I think this is one of the most beautiful versions because of the guitar arpeggios. They really bring out the emotion in the song.

Of course, you can’t ignore Bulat’s version. It has brought inspiration to so many people in Russia and around the world…

Here, also, is another cover of Georgian Song. If Metallica played Georgian Song, it would sound more like this…

The Lyrics of Georgian Song

English lyrics: A new grape seed will sprout in the warmth of my garden I’ll pick out the ripest bunch thinking of her And I’ll call all my friends and feel my heart open What else is the reason to live?

Come and gather, my friends, at the table I’ve laid out before you We’ll talk and take time to feel And when I turn away, I’ll imagine her glances Otherwise, what else is there to live for?

And all night I’ll listen to my Dali And my head will spin with her every breath With her every word, I’ll die sad and happy If not tenuous love, then what else is there to live for?

And when night falls and my mind faints slowly Every word will be like a cloud to sleep on I’ll believe that she’s mine, and all will be worth it And her love will be what this world is for.

Instruments Used in Georgian Song

Just as in so many of Alex’s songs, the most prominent instruments in Georgian Song are his voice and his guitar. However, just as typical, are the subtle instruments in this song. It includes a keyboard. There is also a violin or a cello that comes in, in Verse 3.

Why Not Subscribe to Alex’s YouTube Channel?

Did you enjoy Georgian Song? Then, why not subscribe to Alex’s YouTube Channel? It is the first place where Alex publishes his newest songs.

Also, check out my other reviews of Alex’s music on Krannaken.com