Blinding flashes of obviousness
The song went out in 1992. The "Mistress" is USSR itself, Grebenshikov is bidding her farewell.
It evokes aspects of USSR society (emptiness, frozen thoughts, people afraid to speak, militarism) then questions the harsh living conditions and empty lies that were built upon a beautiful ideal.
The song is about the last use of capital punishment in Spain against five revolutionaries.
Luis Eduardo Aute wrote the song from the point of view of the condemned, but he disguised it as a love song (to overcome the censorship). And yet the chorus says "I feel that after the night, will come the longest night. I don't want you to leave me, my love, at dawn."
Suggested by [@Diazepan Medina]
On 21st August, 1968 Warsaw Pact troops invaded Czechoslovakia on a request from the Czechoslovakian Communist party. Thus began for the country forty years of political segregation from the west. Karel Kryl composed Bratříčku, zavírej vrátka, as a direct reaction to the events of August ‘68, and it was published in 1969. The heavily symbolic lyrics sum up the fear, uncertainty and discontent that took hold of the nation, and are by themselves a protest against the enforcers of the regime.
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On the face of it, it looks like a song about country sights, landscapes painted in watercolours until you understand that blue and green is blue-green or bottle green. Then thу lyrics become meaningful. The singer admits to alcoholism as all his life and concert tours are coloured blue-green with blue depression, green hangover and red anger or stop signals.
Suggested by [@Sandring]
The song and dance come from one of the most popular Bollywood films "Bajirao Mastani" about the legendary Marathi warrior Badji Rao and his love story. He had a faithful wife and a lover, a girl who was his war trophy. Both women had to share Badji Rao's love for many years. The song is their dance competition and "exchange of fire" so to say.
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