From the Cheburashka series, Krokodil Gena’s birthday song. Here’s the lyrics sung by Gena, translated into English.

Let the pedestrians walk clumsily through the puddles
And let the water run over the asphalt like a river.
It’s unclear to those passing by,
On this rainy day,
Why I’m so happy.

But I’m playing the concertina
For all the passersby to see.
Unfortunately,
Birthdays
Only come once a year.

I wish that a wizard
Would fly in, in a sky blue helicopter,
And show a movie for free.
He would wish me a happy birthday
And probably, leave as a present
500 ice cream sandwiches.

But I’m playing the concertina
For all the passersby to see.
Unfortunately,
Birthdays
Only come once a year.

The translation is based on several I found (I don’t actually understand Russian). I edited them to something that sounded right in English.

And don’t get the mistaken idea that this is a happy birthday song. The best comment on YouTube was the following:

Me too. Each time I listen this I want to cry. It is so depressing. It is not really about happy birthday. It’s all about being poor, lonely, and every birthday closer to death. Genia has nothing and he knows that. He knows that he will never get this fu**ing ice-cream and there will be no cinema. It is so sad! But still beautiful!

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