Poems and Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky. In a Faraway Kingdom.

Commentary to “The Song of Goger-Moger”.

This song could be performed on his behalf by Nikita Khrushchev, as well as by any of the successors of his business, both from the past and the present. And the offensive words, which the hero of the song says about the poets who wield power, relate to Joseph Dzhugashvili, who implemented a national-ori­ent­ed policy.

Here is his poem “The Lay Brother” (1949), where he wrote about his obedience to the Creator:

It’s time to tell some words my future judges:
Of course, in many cases I wasn’t right!
But I didn’t regulate what came about,
I always felt myself in someone’s sight.

I had no chance for resting nor for sleeping,
He lived in me and ruled from the inside.
And, as a bondman of the worldwide spirit,
I held the reins both fast and bona fide.

Who was this One, my enigmatical master?
Wherefore His will through me had to perform?
Of the new road a sedulous disciple,
His orders I fulfilled with heart and soul.

And everything was then incomprehensible:
Where did came from will, spirit and great force?
My words came true — our foe became prostrated,
We utterly defeated his black hordes.

And only then, at that victorious spring-time,
He uttered very softly in my ear,
“All of My orders thou hast fulfilled now,
And peace deserved by thee is very near.”

The portrait painted in the song is very accurate. But what Paul Roberts wrote in the article “Provocations Have a History of Es­ca­lat­ing into War” (2018) is fair, as well as what Andrey Raevsky wrote in the article “Progress report on the U.S.-Rossian war” (2017); and let us not for­get that when “Goger-Mog­er” came to power, Rossia was on the verge of disintegration.

Here it is pertinent to recall Igor Strelkov’s “Parable” (2017) (this parable is in Russian). How good it would be if the author turned out to be wrong...

Post scriptum. It looks like the author was right, as in 2023 he was arrested, and then convicted completely groundlessly, in fact, for his patriotic position.

And here it is pertinent to mention that the role model of the person symbolized by the hero of the song is Peter I, who started the process of eradicating the Russian spirit at the state lev­el, and who was called the Antichrist by the people. But, in his endeavor to establish life in Rossia, Peter I invited European officers, scientists and all kinds of capable people; and during the rule of his admirer, the country has become flooded with savages from Trans­cau­ca­sia and Central Asia, who, with the full support of the authorities, have gone from being our guests to the invaders, and Rossia has found herself in what is prob­a­bly the most dangerous position she has ever been in.

It is equally perplexing his reverent attitude to the personality and legacy of Boris Yeltsin, whom Vladimir Vysotsky described in the poems “In one pow­er...” and “There was a sovereign...” (1966), here is the latter:

There was a sovereign

In a certain time,

Who had off-hand manners,

And had no mind.

His enthusiasm for the digitization everything that is possible and admiration for the imaginary power of artificial intelligence are also suggestive...

Is not this person was sung about in a song popular among Soviet teenagers, “Our port was often visited by ships...”, as “he’s not ours, he’s not from the ocean”?

That song is not as simple as it seems at first sight (pretty Mary can symbolize both Rossia and the whole world).

Post scriptum. To all appearances, the events described in the mentioned song have already happened in 2003 (the author of this publication does not consider “Goger-Moger” to be directly guilty of the crash of Yevgeny Prigozhin’s airplane, although the unfine young man symbolizes just him), but this does not exclude the possibility of repeating similar events in the future.

The song was written in 1978 for the play of the Taganka Theater “Turandot or, The Congress of Whitewashers” (1979).

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