Monday, May 26, 2008

Musical Mondays: Remembering

Since today is Memorial Day, the Musical Monday theme of the week is remembering. Personally, I don't know any of our nation's fallen, so I can't really pay tribute to them individually. The song I chose may not seem to fit the Memorial Day theme perfectly, because it doesn't talk about fallen war heroes or the costs of war. It is a bit more hopeful than that. It talks about two men, on opposite sides of the globe, who grew up in cultures that hated each other, but came together and learned that people of any country or culture are still just people when it comes down to it. I would think that message would be honoring to those who have given their lives in service to their country, so I present to you, Leningrad by Billy Joel.

Viktor was born in the spring of '44
And never saw his father anymore
A child of sacrifice, a child of war
Another son who never had a father after Leningrad

Went off to school and learned to serve the state
Followed the rules and drank his vodka straight
The only way to live was drown the hate
A Russian life was very sad
And such was life in Leningrad

I was born in '49
A cold war kid in McCarthy time
Stop 'em at the 38th Parallel
Blast those yellow reds to hell
And cold war kids were hard to kill
Under their desk in an air raid drill
Haven't they heard we won the war
What do they keep on fighting for?

Viktor was sent to some Red Army town
Served out his time, became a circus clown
The greatest happiness he'd ever found
Was making Russian children glad
And children lived in Leningrad

But children lived in Levittown
And hid in the shelters underground
Until the Soviets turned their ships around
And tore the Cuban missiles down
And in that bright October sun
We knew our childhood days were done
And I watched my friends go off to war
What do they keep on fighting for?

And so my child and I came to this place
To meet him eye to eye and face to face
He made my daughter laugh, then we embraced
We never knew what friends we had
Until we came to Leningrad

Pandora's top five: (BunGirl does not endorse any of these songs... listen at your own risk!)
  1. My Hand Over My Heart by Marc Almond
  2. Only the Wind by Pet Shop Boys
  3. Some Good Things Never Last by Barry Manilow
  4. Ferry Cross The Mersey by Aitken & Waterman Stock
  5. A Salty Dog (Live) by Sarah Brightman
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