May There Always Be Sunshine

May There Always Be Sunshine

May There Always Be Sunshine (Russian: Пусть всегда будет солнце! Actual Russian Title: Солнечный круг) is a Soviet Russian song, written for children. It was created in 1962. The music was composed by Arkady Ostrovsky, and the lyrics written by Lev Oshanin. The Russian writer and immensely popular children's poet, Korney Chukovsky, later wrote that the foundation for the song had been the four lines of the refrain, which were composed in 1928 by a four-year-old boy Kostya Barannikov.

Performed for the first time in 1963 at the Sopot International Song Festival by Russian singer Tamara Miansarova, it earned her first prize there and immediately became popular throughout the USSR and in other countries, as well. It was sung by members of the Young Pioneers in Young Pioneer camps, Young Pioneer meetings and at schools; it was sung by Little Octobrists at schools; it was sung even by pre-school children. This song was widely considered a symbol of peace in the Soviet Union.

It is one of few Soviet songs that remained popular in Russia after the USSR and the Young Pioneer organization of the Soviet Union ceased to exist.



The song was translated into English by Tom Botting. The song (or at least the chorus) has been sung in English by Pete Seeger, and appears on the live album Together in Concert recorded in 1975 with Arlo Guthrie.[1]

The song was translated into German by Ilse and Hans Naumilkat and Manfred Streubel (as Immer lebe die Sonne) and was popular among Ernst Thälmann Pioneers.

Hebrew lyrics were written for the song by composer Gidi Koren. It was recorded (Hebrew title: אלוהים שמור על אמא) and made popular by his Israeli folk group, The Brothers and the Sisters.[2]

Russian English (Literal) English (Poetic)
Солнечный круг,
Небо вокруг —
Это рисунок мальчишки.
Нарисовал он на листке
И подписал в уголке:
— Пусть всегда будет солнце,
Пусть всегда будет небо,
Пусть всегда будет мама,
Пусть всегда буду я!
A sunny disk,
the sky's around (it);
This is a drawing by a young boy.
He drew it on a sheet (of paper),
And signed in the corner:
May there always be sun
May there always be sky,
May there always be mama,
May there always be me!
Bright blue the sky.
Sun upon high—
This is the little boy's picture
He drew for you
Wrote for you too.
Just to make clear what he drew.
May there always be sunshine,
May there always be blue skies,
May there always be my mama,
May there always be me!

Cultural references

The tune was used for the song "Gabrielle" by the Hootenanny Singers, led by Björn Ulvaeus. When this version became a hit song in 1964, the new lyrics were translated and performed by the group in Swedish, German, Finnish, Italian, Dutch, and English.

Raffi sang the original chorus and translations into English, Spanish and French on his album "Let's Play".


  1. ^ Together in Concert Rising Son Records ASIN B00075JYCS
  2. ^ האחים והאחיות

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • May Brothers and Company — Type Industrial manufacturer Industry Mining, agriculture, manufacture. Founded 1885 (dissolved 1934) Founder(s) Frederick May, Alfred May Headquarters Gawler, South Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Sunshine (2007 film) — Infobox Film name = Sunshine caption = Theatrical poster director = Danny Boyle producer = Andrew Macdonald writer = Alex Garland narrator = starring = (see below) music = John Murphy Underworld cinematography = Alwin H. Kuchler editing = Chris… …   Wikipedia

  • Sunshine Sketch — Infobox animanga/Header name = Sunshine Sketch caption = Sunshine Sketch manga volume 1 cover. ja name = ひだまりスケッチ ja name trans = Hidamari Sukecchi genre = Comedy, Slice of life Infobox animanga/Manga author = Ume Aoki publisher = flagicon|Japan… …   Wikipedia

  • Sunshine Tour — The Sunshine Tour is a men s professional golf tour based in Southern Africa. For much of its history it was known either as the South African Tour or the FNB Tour, but it rebranded itself in an attempt to broaden its appeal. A large majority of… …   Wikipedia

  • Little Mary Sunshine — Infobox Musical name= Little Mary Sunshine subtitle= caption= London Cast Recording music= Rick Besoyan lyrics= Rick Besoyan book= Rick Besoyan basis= productions= 1959 Off Broadway 1962 West End awards= Little Mary Sunshine is a musical that… …   Wikipedia

  • Tony Sunshine — (born Antonio Cruz in the Bronx, New York) is an R B singer of Puerto Rican descent, famous for singing on a large amount of Terror Squad s songs. He sang on tracks such as Cuban Link s Still Telling Lies , Fat Joe s All I Need and Big Pun s 100% …   Wikipedia

  • The Sunshine Girl — as Delia Dale. It also had a Broadway run in 1913.Port Sunlight is the real life suburb on which the setting of the musical is based. The show introduced the tango to British audiences.ynopsisDelia Dale works in the Sunshine Soap Factory at Port… …   Wikipedia

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind — Theatrical release poster Directed by Michel Gondry …   Wikipedia

  • Tokyo Sunshine Boys — The Nihongo|Tokyo Sunshine Boys|東京サンシャインボーイズ|Tōkyō Sanshain Bōizu is a Japanese theatrical troupe that was active from 1983 until about 1994. Since it disbanded almost all of its members have continued acting on theatre and in film.HistoryThe… …   Wikipedia

  • Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation — The Ernst Thälmann Pioneer Organisation, consisting of the Young Pioneers and the Thälmann Pioneers, was a youth organisation of schoolchildren aged 6 to 14, in East Germany. They were named after Ernst Thälmann, the former leader of the… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.