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Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War

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Joe Offer 09 May 22 - 07:06 PM
Felipa 09 May 22 - 07:29 PM
GUEST,F. the Ineffable 10 May 22 - 06:46 PM
Felipa 15 May 22 - 12:06 PM
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Neil D 17 May 22 - 01:20 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Russian Major General
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 May 22 - 07:06 PM

We have a song about songs from Ukraine, but I think that concentrates on Ukrainian songs. This one didn't fit, but it's clever.

Russian Major-General lyrics by Andrej Nkv (Twitter):

I am the very model of a Russian Major General
My standing in the battlefield is growing quite untenable
My forces, though equipped and given orders unequivocal
Did not expect the fight to be remotely this reciprocal

I used to have a tank brigade but now I have lost several
My fresh assaults are faltering with battleplans extemporal
I can't recover vehicles but farmers in a tractor can
It's all becoming rather reminiscent of Afghanistan

My ordnance is the best but only half my missiles make it there
I would have thought by now that we would be controllers of the air
But at the rate the snipers work my time here is ephemeral
I am the very model of a Russian Major General

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: Felipa
Date: 09 May 22 - 07:29 PM

THE TOWN OF MARIUPOL by John Murphy. Posted on Mudcat by Jerry A. O'Neill about a month ago.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: GUEST,F. the Ineffable
Date: 10 May 22 - 06:46 PM

This song refers to the Ukraine war...

Catch -2022         
Words: F. the Ineffable                Tune: Good King Wenceslaus

        Back in 1970, Alvin Toffler published a book called Future Shock. He predicted a time in which change began to happen so rapidly that no one could keep up, making everyone feel disoriented and crazy…

        On the northern California coast, we're now worried again about drought and fires.

Taoist scholar Ken Rose says the creation of all forms through the interplay of yin and yang was discovered by sages watching the progression of sun and shadow on a hill. This past fortnight the sun and clouds and rain have been shifting as rapidly as covid protocols.

I hung up my raincoat and I toweled down my hat
Wiped my glasses on my pants and swept the yoga mat.
Watching sodden robins through the splattered windowpane,
Ground my teeth and thanked the heavens for the gift of rain.
It’s too wet to go outside, so I’ll sit here alone
Watching one more 1980s movie on my phone
People singing, dancing, drinking whiskey from a flask,
Making war and making love and no one wears a mask.
Now the brilliant sun appears. I go out on the deck
Feel the golden glow upon my belly and my neck,
Till fire sirens fill the air, and I obsess about
My go-bag, Russia and Ukraine, the fires and drought.
Then the clouds drift overhead and bless us with more rain.
Puddles in my walking shoes, water on the brain.
Present Shock, I call it, while I’m wringing out my socks,
Catch-2022, the year of plague and paradox.

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Subject: Lyr Add: Zay gebentsht, Ukrayne
From: Felipa
Date: 15 May 22 - 12:06 PM

words composed May 2022 by Efim Chorny of Moldova, tune by S. Ghergus
Language Yiddish; I only have the lyrics in transliteration and in English translation.


Zay gebensht, zay gebensht, zay gebensht, Ukrayne
tayere shvester, tayere shvester, tayere shvester mayne.
Un mir zaynen kroyvem (3x)
in milkhomes un yom-toyvim.

Zay gebenstht,zay gebensht, zay gebensht, Ukrayne,
bist by mir, bist by mir,bist by mir nor eyne.
Zaynen mir ineynem, (3x)
shvesterl mayn sheyne.

Nor far dir, Nor far dir,Nor far dir mayn tfiles,
Vegn dir, Vegn dir,Vegn dir makhshoves.
Davenen far sholem (3X)
undzere neshomes.


1.Be blessed, Ukraine,
My dear sister.
We are united in war and peace.

2.Be blessed, Ukraine,
You're my only one.
We are all one,
My lovely sister.

3.Only for you my prayers,
My deep thoughts about you.
Our souls pray for peace.

(I have the sheet music; pmail me with email addy if you can offer to do ABC and or sound file available on the Mudcat thread)

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Subject: Ukrainian Now - Song about Ukraine War
From: Felipa
Date: 15 May 22 - 12:18 PM

John McCutcheon and Tom Paxton - "UKRAINIAN NOW" :

Apr 29, 2022 Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon have written a heartfelt, stirring song, "Ukrainian Now," that touches us all. Noel Paul Stookey edited this beautiful video that includes the voices of Peter Yarrow, Bill Miller, Tret Fure, Holly Near, Emma's Revolution, Rebel Voices, Crys Matthews, Carrie Newcomer, Christine Lavin and Joe Jencks - whose playing of the electric bouzouki adds a haunting compliment to the piano of McCutcheon.

The lyrics scroll across the screen and the sheet music is at the end. Please share far and wide. As Holly says at the video's conclusion, "We are all Ukrainian, now..." Sung by John McCutcheon
Same recording subtitled in Ukrainian

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From: Felipa
Date: 15 May 22 - 03:07 PM

Efim Chorny is the second performer on the video at He sings Zay Gebentsht, Ukrayne at the end of his performance slot.

Lisa Gutkin introduces Efim Chorny and S. Ghergus at about 8 min. Efim sings three songs, and Zay Gebentsht, Ukrayne is about 15 min. from the start of the video.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 May 22 - 05:19 PM

my song offered in the spirit of Hitler, he's only gone ball,
"Vladmir Putin is a very naughty man"

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: Felipa
Date: 16 May 22 - 02:36 PM

a couple of corrections to transliterated spelling of lyrics of Zay Gebentsht, Ukrayne:
"Kroyvim " instead "KroyvEm" and "Tfile" instead "TfileS".

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 16 May 22 - 08:10 PM



I really needed this.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: Neil D
Date: 17 May 22 - 01:20 AM

Claypool, Hütz, Copeland, Lennon, Ryabtsev, & Strings - "Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls"

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Subject: Lyr Add: Same Here (Ukraine War)
From: Felipa
Date: 02 Mar 23 - 05:13 PM

I had BBC Radio 2 country music show on tonight. Singer Brad Paisley spoke about a new song he wrote.

Brad Paisley pens country song featuring Ukraine's Zelenskyy
Country star Brad Paisley is releasing a new song that features Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Kristin M. Hall

"... ...The West Virginia native wrote the song with Lee Thomas Miller (co-writer on Paisley hits “The World” and “Perfect Storm”) and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. It's a three-part narrative that reflects on universal similarities, despite distance and language.

"While it doesn't mention Ukraine specifically, the song ends with Paisley and Zelenskyy in conversation, recorded during a video call. Zelenskyy talks about Ukrainians' desire for freedom, adding 'There is no distance between our two countries in such values.'

"'There’s just no differences," Paisley told The Associated Press. 'You can put us in different places with different flags and different languages, but we have so many similarities.'

"Paisley is one of several celebrity ambassadors for Ukraine's United24 crowdfunding effort, and has donated his time for other fundraising efforts to assist Ukrainians. But even he thought it would be a long shot to have the direct involvement of Zelenskyy, who has traveled the world advocating for Ukraine's military and recovery efforts.

“I think he understands that art is how you reach the most people, especially in the heart," Paisley said of Zelenskyy, who was an actor and comedian before becoming president.

"He can give as many speeches as he can give, but it's a lot easier to hear something with a melody maybe.”

Zelenskyy didn't just sign off on the song; he also suggested some changes to it, Paisley said.

Paisley's royalties for the song will be donated to United24 to help build housing for thousands of displaced Ukrainians whose homes were destroyed in the war, he said. Using his platform to advocate for causes important to him has always been part of his career, whether it was opening a free grocery store in Nashville with his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, or fighting hunger by donating 1 million meals during the pandemic.

'I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t sort of swing for the fence with things like this,' Paisley said. 'For me, I’m happiest dealing with stuff as a songwriter that’s very true and very, very passionate. And sometimes I don’t know if you’d call it risky, but it’s more like it’s bigger than me.'

"Paisley brings his passion on stage during live shows. He's been changing the lyrics to his hit song 'American Saturday Night,' for instance, to replace a reference to the U.S.S.R. to 'There's a Ukrainian flag hanging up behind the bar.' ... ..."

[Verse 1: Brad Paisley]
How are things in California?
I hear the traffic's just insane
Plastic people and paparazzi
Yeah, I know all the left coast clichés

[Chorus 1: Brad Paisley]
But tell me, is there a bar on your corner
Where you buy each other beers
And solve all the world's problems?
Same here

[Verse 2: Brad Paisley]
We went out to watch the sunset
On our last night in Cozumel
Stumbled on some local wedding
On the beach by our hotel
No, I didn't know the language
I recognized the tears
People cry when they're happy
Same here

[Chorus 2: Brad Paisley]
However you talk, whatever you think
From the songs that you sing to the drink that you drink
If you miss your mama and worry 'bout your babies
And love each other like crazy

And want someone to share your hopes and fears
Same here

[Verse 3: Brad Paisley]
I've got a friend across the ocean
Seems like a million miles away
He says our worlds are very different
Yeah, that's true, but I gotta say

[Chorus 3: Brad Paisley]
He's got his own kind of football team that
Let's him down every year
A wife he loves and a bunch of dreams
For his country he holds so dear
He prays for peace and freedom
Same here

[Brad Paisley, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy]
Hi, Brad
Hello, Mr. President
Happy to see you
What's "Same here" in Ukrainian?
??? ????. We speak different languages in our life. Yes, but I think we appreciate the same things - children, freedom, our flag, our soldiers, our people. The biggest treasure we have. And friends. And we're proud of our army who defends our freedom and will defend our lives.

[Outro: Brad Paisley, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy]
However you talk, whatever you think
From the songs that you sing to the drink that you drink
We're fighting for our children, our parents to defend our houses and families
And love each other like crazy
And want someone to share your hopes and fears
??? ????. There is no distance between our countries in such values. That is very important to see that they are, ah, really in many, in many things really the same.
sound file on page

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: GUEST,C Stuart Cook
Date: 05 Mar 23 - 06:16 AM

My take on a song for the country.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs about Ukraine War
From: The Doctor
Date: 05 Mar 23 - 06:29 AM

This my contribution, which can be sung to a well-known tune, at least well-known to me. It's not quite finished, so if anyone wants to finish it off feel free.

Putin on the style
(not to mention the Agony)

Oh, Mr Putin, what have you done?
You sent your troops into Ukraine, you thought it would be fun.
You told them it was easy, they wouldn’t go very far.
Oh, Mr Putin, what a naughty boy you are.

Oh, Mr Putin, what will you do?
You said they would be welcomed but it really wasn’t true.
You told them not to worry, it’s not a real war.
Oh, Mr Putin, well, we’ve heard it all before.

So, Mr Putin, what happens now?
You need to extricate yourself some time, some where, some how.
You bring your troops back home and you tell them they have won.
Who will want Ukraine now that the dirty deed is done?

Well, Mr Putin, what have you got?
A lot of flattened buildings and a lot of people shot.
But you’re still ruling Russia so it must have been worthwhile.
Oh, Mr Putin, what a really nasty smile.

Oh, Mr Putin, join in the song.
You didn’t think annexing them would really take this long.

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Subject: RE: An Online Concert for Ukraine
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 24 - 03:27 PM

A YouTube song posted by Tom Reid Ukraine.

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