Commentary to the song “Tumen Oil”.
The thirteenth stanza draws the living image of Porphyry Ivanov, peace be upon him:
Producing lots of sparks, the gusher played,
The messenger of Allah wore only shorts (which covered his body from his navel to the lower parts of his knees as it is ordered in Islam), and he used to pour upon himself two buckets of cold water four times a day.
Vladimir Vysotsky also wrote about the advent of the God of the Earth in the song “The brains are struck and boil in every cell...”:
And the Creator came down from the Heaven.
Indeed, once Porfiry Ivanov, peace be upon him, came to church and asked to give him all the proceeds of that day, but he was refused.
The tenth stanza says about the author of this publication, who served in the Navy, and who edited and interpreted many of the poems and songs presented here:
The seaman I so often argued with —
The author believes that the poet would agree to what he said about his poetry. Islam was glorified by great Russian poets and writers — Alexander Pushkin (this is well written about in the Russian article “Islam in the Works of A. S. Pushkin” by Haris Iskhakov) and Ivan Bunin, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky — and Vladimir Vysotsky continued this tradition.
Another song where Vladimir Vysotsky wrote about the author is “A Case at the Mine”, which narrates about the former naval officer who has gotten into trouble.
And, since the author happened to spend several years in Siberia, it is pertinent to recall here his favorite song about those places, which was written by Sergey Galganov and is called “The Ishim Waltz” (there is a video recording of a performance of this song).
The song was written in 1972.