“And Whomever You Ask in Russia / Everyone Will Say: ‘Merci to the Leadership!'”

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From the prominent Russian band Leningrad (Russian lyrics here); it now has over 1.25M views, though it was just posted Thursday. The band members, as I’ve mentioned before, aren’t themselves particularly pro-Ukraine (see here and here)—they are more cynical and realist than ideological, it seems to me (see this song, which I blogged a month ago). But here, unless I’m completely missing things, the message is entirely against the Russian government.

Here is my translation, though of course much is doubtless lost in the translation (thanks to my mother Anne for help with some of the words) ; for the Russian lyrics, see here:

We are more spiritual than everyone in the world,

We are deeper than any seas,

Children, fuck yeah, are our priority

That’s why we are kinder than everyone else.

We are the best and the most beautiful of all,

Smarter than everyone, jollier than everyone.

We will fuck up everyone else

And success awaits us everywhere.

In short, we are alone here against the darkness,

Let’s save the whole world from digital prison.

Don’t even doubt it

Or you will right away become a foreign agent.

Don’t even doubt it

Or you will right away become a foreign agent.

A wonderful life has arrived,

It will confirm everything for us.

Our people are made of metal

And all others—of shit.

We are not to blame, it’s just

There’s no-one better than us in the world,

We think very insightfully

And are reliable like Kamaz [a brand of Russian trucks].

And whomever you ask in Russia,

Everyone will say: “Merci to the leadership!”

Don’t even doubt it

Or you will right away become a foreign agent.

Everything is going according to plan,

No-one expected us, and yet here we are at your door!

Let our relics in churches

Become even mightier than before

Our fucking-coolness is the secret of our success

We have enough to spare

If somewhere something is somehow—

Well, it wasn’t us.

Look, who’s being led away?

To hell with critics, where Shulman and Dud’ now are [these are two prominent Russian commentators who were listed by the Russian government on April 15 as foreign agents for their opposition to the war in the Ukraine, and who have left the country].

Don’t even doubt it

Or you will right away become a foreign agent.

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