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Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)

GUEST,MN Joe 25 Aug 14 - 01:05 AM
Joe Offer 25 Aug 14 - 01:25 AM
GUEST,MN Joe 29 Aug 14 - 11:29 PM
GUEST,Karen Krupnick 24 Oct 15 - 09:44 PM
GUEST 14 Jan 16 - 03:15 PM
GUEST 29 Mar 17 - 03:22 PM
GUEST,Karen Krupnick 31 Mar 17 - 03:44 PM
GUEST 19 Dec 17 - 02:08 PM
Jim Carroll 20 Dec 17 - 06:30 AM
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Subject: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST,MN Joe
Date: 25 Aug 14 - 01:05 AM

I went to a summer camp that has a vast repetoire, more than 200 songs. Most are track-downable, but a few are mysterious. One such is a satirical tune we call "The Russian Song." No one remembers where it came from, it's been sung for many decades. Internet searches have turned up nothing. I posted our version of the song on youtube this summer, so you can check that out (http://youtu.be/AKQjD25i0r4?list=UULOaceWi0PqyYnTpi56tBjA), or just see if the lyrics below ring a bell. Many thanks in advance to anyone who can shed any light on this fun song.

A song of mysterious origins being sung by the girls of Camp Ajawah. It sounds like something from a 1930s Broadway musical comedy, but I can't find any information about it. You can see the clever wordplay in the lyrics:

"Can you guess? Can you guess? Can you guess just who we are?
We come from afar, from the land of the Czar.

Can you think? Can you think? Can you think just who we might be?
We're Lenin/Trots the diplomats,
We come from 'cross the sea.

I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky, the Russian diplomatski
And when we overthrow the Czar, we'll be leaders near and far
Hi ho, hi ho, I'm Lenin, I'm Trots, we're the Russian diplomats

Chorus:
So Russia, Preesha, Prussia, Preesha,
We sail well,
Hi ho the dairy-o,
The farmer in the dell.

Politics, politics, we are the Bolsheviks,
We know all the tricks that go well with the hicks,
We can speak for a week and our talk is never flat,
Cause I'm a Republican! I'm A Democrat!

We work well together whatever be the weather
When I say no and I say yes, one of us is right I guess,
Hi ho, hi ho, I'm Lenin, I'm Trots, we're the Russian diplomats

Chorus

We landed here on Ellis Isle, we only plan to stay a while
After we've completed our show, back to Russia we must go.
Hi ho, hi ho, I'm Lenin, I'm Trots, we're the Russian diplomats.
Hey!"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Aug 14 - 01:25 AM

Hi, Joe -
Summer camp songs are a strange phenomenon. You learn a song that you're sure was written by some long-ago counselor at your camp, and years later you find out that ten different camps had versions of your song. Here's a link to at least one other camp that sang your song:
http://camptanalo.com/remember-song/


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST,MN Joe
Date: 29 Aug 14 - 11:29 PM

Thanks, Joe, I'm surprised that link never showed up in my Google search. Ironically, the one comment on that page is from yet another Joe - and I know him, he's from my camp.

The camp in the link is in the Poconos, far from Minnesota. So perhaps it's known and sung elsewhere as well.

And you are sure right about camp song origins - the ones we sing range from centuries old rounds to top 40 hits to everything in between. I've tracked the origins of 90% - and mudcat has been an invaluable help. Thanks to all who have contributed their knowledge here!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST,Karen Krupnick
Date: 24 Oct 15 - 09:44 PM

i sang this at Girl Scout camp in New York. I also thought it must have come from a show, but could never find a source. What a strange song to have evolved as a camp song.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 16 - 03:15 PM

I sang "Can You Guess" in the mid 1940"s at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Springs NY. I tried to find the origin and found your site.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 17 - 03:22 PM

Yes, I remember these words.
When I was a girl in Minnesota, we sang a different tune from that on the video:
Hey Lenin, hey Trotsky, we're the Russian diplomatsky,
You have a meeting with the czar-ar-ar!
We've traveled near and far-ar-ar!

Hen Len, hey trot, we're the Russian diplomats
Hey Peesha, pasha, posha, pusha,
hell's bells, hey!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST,Karen Krupnick
Date: 31 Mar 17 - 03:44 PM

I forgot about this post. I went to Surprise Lake for weekend trips in college. I guess there were red diaper kids in my generation whose,parents had sung these songs.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 17 - 02:08 PM

I went to camp Ajawah as a young Cub Scout, too, and I remember this song. I’ve wondered about it’s origin, too. I saw it in a book at a hootnanny, once, here in Berkeley, but I was too involved with some other aspect of playing music that evening to examine the book for further details about the song. (I think the book, which was hardbound, was a book of college “campus songs”, from the ‘40’s or early’50’s). Anyway, I bet it’s from a vaudeville show from back in the ninteen-teens, or maybe it was part of the New York musical from the early ‘40’s, “Needles and Pins”?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Russian Song (I'm Lenin, I'm Trotsky)
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 20 Dec 17 - 06:30 AM

There are a whole bunch of these much neglected songs

To Volga Boatmen tune)
When Serge and I were young we used to live in Omsk
And there we spent our time making great big beautiful bomsk

Then Serge and I grew up, we went to live in Tomsk
And then we spent out time making many more big bomsk

Then Serge and I were caught and exiled to Murmansk
And there we spent our days our days hatching revolutionary Plansk

But we shall not forget our revolutionary plotsk
And we shall always love our herop, Comrade Trotsk-eeeee

More of this I'm sure, and many more songs
Jim Carroll


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