Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

more print   


When I was a lad in nineteen six
I joined a band of Bolsheviks
I read the Manifesto and the Kapital
And I even learned to sing the Internationale

I sang that song in a voice so true
That now I'm in the prisons of the GPU

When Lenin's boys insurrection made
I found myself on a barricade
At Kerensky's troops I aimed my gun
And I never stopped shooting 'till the Reds had won.

I shot that gun with an aim so true etc.

When NEP was started and Lenin died
I found myself on Trotsky's side
Well, all went well 'till twenty-eight
And then I was forced to capitulate.

Well, my capitulation had a ring so true, etc.

Now, since that time I've had no peace
My steps have been dogged by the Secret Police.
I denounced the traitors, time and again
I denounced the traitors with tongue and pen.

And my denunciations had a ring so true, etc.

Now revisionists all, wherever you may be
If you want to be a success, like me ---
Confess to terrorism and espionage
To Counterrevolution and sabotage.

Adhere to the line of Lenin, too
And you'll wind up in the prisons of the GPU.

Note: Dick Eney has pointed out that the Russian pronunciation of the
acronym GPU--- Gay Pay Oo---may not be clear to non-Russians.

from Glazer Ballads for Sectarians
@Russian @rebel
tune of Gilbert and Sullivan "When I was a Lad"
filename[ GAYPAYU

Popup Midi Player

Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:


All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.