United Forever in Friendship and Labor
November 27, 2010 10:53 PM Subscribe
posted by curuinor (22 comments total)
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The funny thing about the National Anthem of the Soviet Union
is that through the sixty-so years of its existence the lyrics were written all by one man.
Yes. All three versions
of it. Even the one that's for a country now named "Russia". (The main difference between the early and late version of it is ex-Stalination)
was a remarkable man, but he was only a man. You must excuse him for not being able to translate his anthem into English
or write ones for two nations
like Mr. Tagore. And the music, originally meant as the Anthem of the Bolshevik Party
by Alexander Alexandrov, was kept exactly the same, and Boris Yeltsin stopped singing it for ten years or so, but somehow I can't shake the feeling that Mikhalkov would not have gone to his grave unsatisfied.