HAPPY VICTORY DAY, MAY 9!
There are many beautiful and heart-touching classic Soviet, as well as modern-day, Russian songs that talk about the memory of WWII/Great Patriotic War and the hard-won Victory Day. The old Soviet classics are well-known for having a distinction of touching the soul and heart of those who hear them. But some new songs are just as good. Out of hundreds and thousands I handpicked three modern Russian songs, all created recently.
The video clips are also very good and worth watching in their own right!
The film is about a young woman who becomes a sniper during WWII and how she finds love and a will to live through all the horrors of war. The song Cuckoo, or “My Sun, Look at Me!’ is performed by Polina Gagarina, with her epic voice. This clip has 205 million views on YT.
The song lyrics were translated by someone on YT.
The Cuckoo lyrics:
Songs of mine that I’ve yet to write. How many? Tell me cuckoo, count them for me. The city or the village – where am I to live? To lie as a stone, Or burn as a star, a star?
Sunlight of mine, glance now on me. See my palm has turned to a fist. And if you have powder, give me a spark. That’s that.
Who will now take the lonely path? The strong and the brave Have laid down their heads in battle, in the fields. Few now remain in memory, with a clear mind, And a firm hand, in the ranks. Our ranks.
Sunlight of mine, glance now on me. See me palm has turned to a fist. And if you have powder, give me a spark. That’s that.
Where are you now, freedom of will? With who are you now Greeting the tender sunrise? Answer me. Life is good with you, and bad without. My patient head And submissive shoulders, under the lash. The lash.
Sunlight of mine, glance now at me. See my palm has turned to a fist. And if you have powder, give me a spark. That’s that.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT SPRING – 2015
A new 2015 song about the memory of May 1945, suffering that led to it and the difficult but monumental victory in that inhumane war – performed by a children’s choir. I have to say I cried watching this clip and listening to this song. Really touches you deep. Perhaps it’s better if you understand the lyrics, but just watching and listening to the music gets you. Try!
This new song inspired many videoclips and they are all very good, gathering millions of views on YT. I chose this one, it’s the original.
Brief summary to help you out!
The beginning of the video clip shows children in a contemporary Russian school, for whom WWII is something from a long bygone era. Boys and girls are supposed to be watching a documentary about WWII so the memory stays alive; instead they are playing with cellphones and videogames, or are simply looking bored. Until one of the bored boys reaches for a war helmet displayed on a stand, and suddenly the war comes alive, as he gets transported into the trenches of a brutal battle, where he is saved by a Russian soldier, who tells him about his family back home. When the soldier gets shot, the boy tries to drag him to safety. The man gives him his helmet with a bullet hole, as a gift, as the battle rages. Meantime it is the modern kids who are now a mere screen reflection, while the events of that long-gone war are real. The kids sing about a dream they saw about the spring of 1945. As the war ended, their great-granddads, and all officers and privates made it back home safe. There are no bored kids any more – they now remember the long bygone era, as if they really were there.
It’s a great story, and a song to match – watch:
THE IMMORTAL REGIMENT – 2018 (The River of the Immortal Regiment Flows…)
Many great songs were inspired by the modern grassroots tradition of the Immortal Regiment March. The people’s initiative from Siberia took off like a rocket and spread like fire, gathering over ten million people worldwide every year. In Moscow alone over 1 million came out to march and carry their ancestors’ portraits in remembrance of their heroism and saving the world in 1941-45. Last year, due to COVID, people gathered on balconies, porches and yards as a distance Immortal Regiment. An online Immortal Regiment with portraits uploaded as a never-ending river, was joined by millions.
Out of a number of great songs written since the inception of the Immortal Regiment, I picked this one: Russian singer Oleg Gazmanov performs his own song, written by him in 2018. The lyrics is beautiful and the melody is deceptively simple, yet haunting. Touches you to the core.
Gazmanov sings about the generals and privates alike, descending down from the sky to march shoulder to shoulder in the flowing river of the Immortal Regiment. The portraits, like icons of old, look back at us, again protecting the motherland and the world. As the river of portraits flows, the old heroes are reborn in the next generations, carrying their memory.
Super clip and song, like everything Gazmanov does – check out!
**The reminders of what really happened back then are especially important now that so many countries are trying to rewrite history, and as generations change, the memory of the truth fades away!
Don’t miss! May 9th, 2015, Moscow. Tastefully masterminded and beautifully performed Great War re-enactment and spectacular concert on Red Square. Includes some of the best and most famous Russian songs and dance – must see! Праздничный концерт «Дороги Великой Победы» на Красной Площади.
Please note, what is customarily translated to English as the “Great Patriotic War” is, like so many others, a bad translation. The right translation is: The Great War for Fatherland (Russian transliteration: Velikaya Otechestvennaya Voina). I simply call it “The Great War,” which gives it the right meaning, too – to match with the “Great Victory.”
Geopolitical message to the world
Throughout the entire day of May 9, 2015 Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping were seen together, talking all the time, while watching the parade and concert – you will see them again in this video of the Red Square concert. This is a clear geopolitical message to the world! Some analysts have said that a new anti-fascist coalition was formed on Red Square on May 9th. Those leaders who came to Moscow celebrations and brought their troops with them are in it. Those who didn’t come… you do the math. This may be correct on some level.
But it goes beyond that – far beyond. The fact that leaders of China, India and a number of other EURASIAN countries arrived, while only Serb and Cyprus presidents were present from Europe, sends another signal. As is well-know, Serbia is a very close-knit part of the Russian world, considering Russia their mother-culture, while Cyprus is the most pro-Russian part of the EU. While the island is primarily ethnically Greek, geographically it’s located next to Turkey, thus being a part of the Middle East, or more broadly – Eurasia. (Added: I am also told that Macedonian president was there as well – same story as Serbia. Please see much more in Comments).
Like I said back in the beginning of 2014: Russia is forced to rebalance to the East. Actually, destiny and the West are pushing Russia towards such rebalancing, whether Russia wants it or not.
Please recall my PREDICTIONS and multiple articles/videos: Russia is the Great Balancer of our planet. The previous great rebalancing started 1000 years ago, a process that was completed by Russia about 300 years ago, during the reign of Peter the Great. This rebalancing gave the West (first Western Europe, and later North America, as well) a huge advantage over the rest of the planet. Such rebalancing happens roughly every 1000 years, although there are also different timelines involved as well. Russia is now starting the process of rebalancing back to the East and Global South.
“The Roads of Great Victory” Re-enactment of the Great War and spectacular concert. Don’t miss it!
Victory Day fireworks with gorgeous views of the Kremlin and Moscow:
And don’t miss the Victory Day parades marathon, including the Immortal Regiment March. The Red Square parade was spectacular. But the Immortal Regiment March stole the show. 12 million people in Russia, post Soviet republics, and beyond took part in the Immortal Regiment March. 500,000 took part in Moscow alone. The entire initiative was grass-roots. I am told that many people from the UK, US, France and elsewhere in Europe came to the march as well, carrying portraits of their relatives who perished in WWII. I literally have never seen anything like this! And I’d been to 30 countries and seen lots of mass marches and parades growing up in the USSR. Victory Day Parades Marathon and The Immortal Regiment March.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon showed up for the May 9th celebration in Moscow. He said that when he saw that sea of people approaching Red Square, he first thought it was anti-Putin protest. But it turned out it was actually pro-Putin and pro-government celebration. You deserve all the love of your people, mr. President, concluded Ban Ki-moon. Whether it was meant as a pretty awkward joke, or he really is that misinformed – you decide.
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