The Bride of the First House (bride) wrote,
The Bride of the First House

Russian National Anthem

weather: sunny
mood: impressed

I love listening to foreign languages in song. Even if I don't understand, I love just sitting there and appreciating the sounds. It's the music that makes all the difference - I usually don't like the sound of spoken Spanish, it just bugs me like nothing else. But Placido Domingo doing El Condor Pasa is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

Anyway, I don't know how I got the urge to hear the Russian National Anthem, but I got the Soviet Red Army Choir version one day, just for kicks. Wow, was I ever impressed! It just blew me away. I have never heard pride and enthusiasm like that before. It was incredible. Now, there's a national anthem that I would love to hear every morning.

I grabbed the pre-2001 lyrics:

Россия - священная наша держава!
Россия - любимая наша страна!
Могучая воля, великая слава-
Твое достоянье на все времена

     Славься, Отечество наше свободное -
     Братских народов союз вековой!
     Предками данная мудрость народная.
     Славься, страна, мы гордимся тобой!

От южных морей до полярного края
Раскинулись наши леса и моря.
Одна ты на свете, одна ты такая,
Хранимая Богом родная земля.


Огромный простор для мечты и для жизни
Грядущие нам открывают года.
Нам силы дает наша верность Отчизне -
Так было, так есть и так будет всегда!


Rough Translation:

Inviolable union of free republics
joined for ever the great Rus (ancient Russia)
Long live created by will of the peoples
Unified mighty Soviet Union!

     Hymn our free fatherland*
     safe bulwark of friendship of the people
     Lenin's party - national power
     Leads us to the triumph of communism!

Through thunderstorms sun of freedom was shining to us
And Great Lenin lighted up us the way
He raised the peoples to the right thing
to labour and feats inspired us!


In the victory of the immortal ideas of communism
we are seeing future of our land
And to the red flag of our glorious fatherland
we will always be selflessly faithful


* fatherland - I have a feeling the original Russian for this means "ancestral home land", because I've seen this translated as "motherland" as well....

I may not totally agree with what the lyrics are saying, but it's a great song all the same.

Tags: music

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