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, refer to Joseph Dzhugashvili (whose effective economic system was destroyed by Nikita Khrushchev).

Here is his poem “The Lay Brother”, 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 with any interpretation what Paul Roberts wrote in the article “Provocations Have a History of Es­ca­lat­ing into War” is fair, as well what Andrei Raevsky (also known as the Saker) wrote in the article “Progress report on the U.S.-Rossian war”. And let us not for­get what Rossia was in the nineties, and what she is today; and that liberalism, whose adherents are dying to be in power, in reality means in­dulg­ing the foibles of man, not without reason the word “liberal” has always been considered abusive in Rossia.

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

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