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 “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 —
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.