Farewell to the Motherland: A Tune of Departure


I assumed this is able to be a great match with Motherland, by Zemfira, which I blogged two weeks in the past. It was initially written by Yevgeniy Kliachkin, in regards to the Seventies Jewish emigration; however this cowl is by Boris Grebenshchikov, one of many founding fathers of Russian rock and a significant Russian musical determine. Grebenshchikov, a critic of the conflict, himself not too long ago left Russia, which makes the music particularly resonant, I believe. This is a probably imperfect translation of the lyrics:

Farewell I say to the nation, the place
I lived a life, I am unable to determine whose
And for the final time, whereas I am nonetheless right here
I drink this air like wine.

However I carry no blame, my land
I am not the worst of your sons
In case you say you should be the middle of our love
Let me determine for myself what ought to be the middle

To be merciless to your sons is sin
In case you are really a loving mom to them
My first snow was after all your snow
But enable me to know a second one

However there’s love for you, imagine me
I am gladdened even by your slush
However flattery is poisonous to like
So why, inform me, do you drink poison?

You might be in me, how I’m in you: fully
Not one scar of mine will shout out.
No matter would ring out in ache right here
Would rustle as slander if mentioned there.

Farewell I say to the nation, the place
I lived a life, I am unable to determine whose
And for the final time, whereas I am nonetheless right here
I drink this air like wine.

Many due to my dad and mom, Anne and Vladimir, for his or her assist, in addition to to Valery Molot, to whom Kliachkin devoted the music; Molot is now a lawyer in New York, and was type sufficient to assist me affirm a few of the ambiguous that means. And here is Kliachkin’s personal efficiency, although after all not tied to the Ukraine conflict the best way Grebenshchikov’s is:

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