Vladimir Vysotsky. The Messenger.

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,
And in their light, I’ve seen the God of Oil:
He held two cans, was naked to the waist,
And took with pleasure a cold shower of oil.

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 “Paradise of the Devils” (it is not presented in this publication).

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 —
I don’t remember on which ship he served —
Confused just everything, and cried with fear,
“The earth, my brothers! it’s for sure the earth!”

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 and Ivan Bunin, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky — and Vladimir Vysotsky continued this tradition.

The song was written in 1972.

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