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The folk genre of "urban romance song" has been living since early XIX century in Russia. Having probably started as sentimental salon verses put on available music, it later merged with gypsy chorus traditions and prison songs, acquiring tear squeezing intonations of unlikely forbidden passions, grand prison ballads, and parody. Below is very approximate synopsys.

Two comrades once served... Once a stray bullet flew, and fell on the ground this comrade of mine...
Great writer in Yasna Polyana, Tolstoy never ate any meat. He'd walk barefoot in the meadows, while thinking his grandiose thoughts... Unlike him, his wife was tough cookie ...
My rank was battalion scout, he was some superior's clerk. My body was shielding great Russia, while he had good times with my wife...
To waters free and wide sail arrow-breasted boats of Stenka Razin, the legendary Cossack. He is busy with his young princess bride and is forgetting his brothers. The Cossacks are menacingly grumbling. Finally, the great man realizes that his softening amounts to betrayal. He grabs the girl and throws into the deep waters of Mother Volga.