Ona mechtaet [svalit' iz SSSR]) (Она мечтает [свалить из СССР]) (English translation)

  • Artist: Mashina Vremeni (Машина времени)
  • Song: Ona mechtaet [svalit' iz SSSR]) (Она мечтает [свалить из СССР]) 4 translations
  • Translations: English #1, #2, #3, German

Ona mechtaet [svalit' iz SSSR]) (Она мечтает [свалить из СССР])

Она не любит дневной свет,
Принципиально не читает газет,
Она чужда любых сфер,
Она мечтает свалить из СССР.
Ей надо встретить принца из далёкой страны,
Он снится ей и ночью и днем.
И каждый день наполнен состояньем войны,
И вот уже 15 долгих лет она мечтает о нём.
Она выводит собак,
Она идёт как на войну в кабак,
Она не курит и не пьёт,
Она раскидывает сети, замирает и ждёт.
Она не любит читать книг,
Но изучает иностранный язык.
Ей тридцать пять, ну и что ?
Она не хочет понять, что этот поезд ушёл.
Submitted by crimson_anticscrimson_antics on Mon, 17/06/2013 - 02:13
Last edited by barsiscevbarsiscev on Wed, 09/04/2014 - 23:46

She Dreams to Break Out of the USSR

Versions: #1#2#3
She isn’t fond of daylight,
out of principle, she doesn't read newspapers. 1
Everything is outside of her purview, 2
She dreams to break out of the USSR
She desires to meet the prince of a faraway land.
And she dreams of him day and night.
Even though each day feels like war
For the past 15 years she's been dreaming of him!
She takes the dogs out,
Her frequent trips to restaurants end like a war
She refuses to smoke and drink,
She casts her nets and waits patiently. 3
She doesn’t like to read books,
And yet she studies foreign language.
So what if she’s 35?
And she refuses to understand that her train out of here is long gone.
  • 1. This is weird in English and this fixes contextual issues.
  • 2. She doesn’t conform to the norm
  • 3. I think it refers to her trying to lure people into helping her get out of the USSR
To me, music is a form of speech, and just like speech, music should be heard to all regardless of barriers in place. So by translating you're letting other people open up to a world that is alien to them, a world where many who listen to the Russian, German and French music I listen to, is not strange or weird because they do not understand what the singer is singing. By having translations music can share cultural and political ideas, or really just ideas, around without barrier, and allow for discussion over meaning and purpose instead of trivial pursuit.
Submitted by Vladimir4757Vladimir4757 on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 13:33
Last edited by Vladimir4757Vladimir4757 on Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:28
Author's comments:

I am on my phone doing this, so this is a bit awkward. This song deserves a Native English take and the Vlad treatment. Enjoy, this is my interpretation of this song not relplacing original lyrics. I think this is a great interpretation and translation, my phone feels like it is 2990 degrees and my battery went from 100% to 70% but it was worth it.

JadisJadis    Thu, 16/05/2019 - 14:19

In Iraq there was a dictator called Saddam Hussein, who invaded Kuwait, and made a bloody war with Iran. In Libya there was another dictator, half mad, called Kadhafi, who threw Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor into jail, arguing that they had inoculated AIDS to Libyan children on purpose (!). Our President (Sarkozy) had to send his wife to him and finally he released them... although we don't know how much we had to pay for that. He then went to Paris and required to pitch his tents on the Champs-Elysées, which was granted to him... I wouldn't say that I regret him much, even if the situation is rather worse now in both countries.

St. SolSt. Sol    Thu, 16/05/2019 - 15:58

"even if the situation is rather worse now in both countries" - that's the key word here: millions have died and continue to die there because of foreign interference (liberation, deposing the dictators, doesn't matter whatever you call it), so the net outcome is negative, but some people still consider that to be a good thing. I believe medical dictionaries have a name for people like that.
Oh, and the first two things they did in "liberated' Libya were to establish the central bank and to "liberate" the country from its rather significant gold reserve. Think about that for a minute as well: what was the real goal of intervention in Libya?

JadisJadis    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 06:22

Well,it's always a pleasure to see a dictator being shot down. Saddam Hussein also had the fine idea to kill the population of a Kurd village with letal gas, so he was somehow a concurent of Al Assad. As to the goal in Libya, I guess that the Western powers were as usually short-sightened and didn't foresee the present mess (idealism, and other stupid ideas...) But when Putin kills 20% of the civil population in Chechnya and installs Kadyrov at its head, this is of course no idealism, this is very practical. When he quietly looks how the sailors of the Kursk submarine drown, it's quite practical too. When he sends his spetznaz to Beslan or to a theatre in Moscow with the brilliant result we know, the same. What is best, being an idiot or a bastard ? This is hard to decide. Many dictators are both at the same time.

St. SolSt. Sol    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 18:32

"the Western powers were as usually short-sightened and didn't foresee the present mess (idealism, and other stupid ideas...)"

I had to laugh at this passage for a few minutes, sorry. The detailed military plans to destroy seven (that's 7) middle-eastern countries were ready and on the table well before 9/11 happened in 2001 - a US general eye-witnessed them and wrote about it. But for the hoi polloi, the tales of democracy and Western idealism always worked best. We all can see the results. But millions upon millions of dead souls cry out for revenge and justice.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 18:40

Revenge and justice?
Only those who don't personally sacrifice want this...
Future only exists if people come to see that deaths of others, countless innocents, doesn't bring justice.
Otherwise, those hundreds of thousands Iraqi people who had perished for our revenge, oops greed, didn't bring justice to us, if they exact revenge, it won't do justice for them - we must be united to save the planet not to demagogue to death.

JadisJadis    Tue, 21/05/2019 - 15:35

Were the Holodomor (5 millions dead) and the Gulag (10 millions citizens deported, among them 1 million died) also Western tales of democracy ? Is this not strangely similar to Hitler's nazi system ? Oh, how cool it must have been then in the blessed times of Stalin, Dzerzhinski and Beria, and all the beloved tovarishchi.... No "dead souls to cry out for revenge and justice" here ? Of course, all of them nazi bastards, like that Ossip Mandelstam bugger...
(Edit) Belomorsko-Baltiskii Kanal : 250,000 to 300,000 "zeks" died. All of them considered and treated as sheer slaves by their own governants, most of them innocent of whatever.

Олег Л.Олег Л.    Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:07

А ты слышал о голоде в царской России, когда у власти были gospoda?

JadisJadis    Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:17

Then why accusing only the Ukrainians ? There were more victims than tormentors.

Олег Л.Олег Л.    Tue, 21/05/2019 - 16:32

Украинцы -- братский народ. Знаешь древний принцип "разделяй и властвуй"? Вот это сейчас и происходит на Украине.

Ivan LudenIvan Luden    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:45

А скажите-ка, "братик", - чей Крым?

О каком "братском народе" вы здесь говорите?
Да ещё - после того, что натворили в Украине рашисты во главе со своим фюрером Путлером...
Вы издеваетесь?нико...

Для справки - я коренной русский, с Урала, где родился, вырос и получил образование. Очень люблю свой родной язык и культуру.
Часто бываю у себя на родине и в шоке от того, что сотворила с нею организованная преступная группа "кооператив Озеро", которая нынче и разделяет, и властвует во всей Россиюшке.
Моё личное мнение:
Россия + фашизм = рашизм

IgeethecatIgeethecat    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:31

Ребята, успокойтесь насчёт политики. А откуда с Урала, Иван, если не секрет?
Я родилась в Пермской области, ну а потом поносило по свету...

Ivan LudenIvan Luden    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:39

Я родился и вырос на Южном Урале. В Перми сейчас живёт моя двоюродная сестра.

vevvevvevvev    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:45

Лучше "побросало" Regular smile

IgeethecatIgeethecat    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:51

Ах, нас не так просто «побросать». Казахстан - сосед Южного Урала. Так что - вы ближе Regular smile

vevvevvevvev    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 05:40

Да я же в смысле, что "поносило" слово неблагозвучное Regular smile А мы же, уральцы, люди крепкие во всех отношениях Regular smile

IgeethecatIgeethecat    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 05:41

Ударение правильно ставьте. Одни глупости у вас на уме... или неприятности? Teeth smile

St. SolSt. Sol    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 14:22

"Очень люблю свой родной язык и культуру," [но ненавижу Россию и поддерживаю Бандеровский режим на Украине.]
Звучит странновато, вы точно русский?
(Sorry, yet again Reply button placed my response in a wrong place)

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:48
Jadis wrote:

Then why accusing only the Ukrainians ? There were more victims than tormentors.

Lol, Jadis. At least pick up someone else to accuse in "accusing only the Ukrainians"
That's what Oleg just said (and nothing else before you accused him): А ты слышал о голоде в царской России, когда у власти были gospoda?

This thread is so loaded with fallacies, so no surprise even Osip Mandelstam showed up.
Sure no one will be against him, but that's what people use when they run out of arguments on subject [whatever it was].

sandringsandring    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 06:32

Well,it's always a pleasure to see a dictator being shot down.

As long as human beings take pleasure in seeing another human being shot down (whoever they are) we won't have anything good in this world

JadisJadis    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 14:30

Well, perhaps, but anyway I was pleased when Kadhafi was shot down, the same with Saddam Hussein, and I would be very pleased to see Al Assad shot down too. Just like I'm pleased that Eichman was hanged, and I regret very much that so many escaped their fate, often with disgusting complicities (Vatican, Peron, Bundesrepublik, Hafez el Assad - the father of Putin's darling Bashar, etc.) Oh, and Stalin, of course.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 16:10

Dear Vlad,
In principle, she refuses to read newspapers. -- > out of principle, she doesn't read newspapers
To all groups she is an alien -- > most everything is outside of her purview

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:02

i told him on the 1st page already: better: she doesn't read newspapers out of principle.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:17

Oops. Missed it. You know that it wasn't on purpose, right?

Vladimir4757Vladimir4757    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:25

I'm still confused on the right way of saying "Out of principle" and "In principle". I swear they're the same thing. Also, holy crap I'm so, so sorry for this shitpost I started on politics, Government, alcohol, and oppression. The next time at any kind of social occasion I think the first thing I'll do is bring up alcohol consumption by nation and hopefully diverge the conversation into full scale politics, nationalism, socialism, the geopolitical strings breaking the political and social boundaries as-well-as the underlying motives of dictators and tyrants, who instigated the entire debacle in Eastern Europe and whatever the hell moonshine is in the first place.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:29

Common, we need to talk politics or we will be wiped off the face of earth...

I'm a foreigner so I'd defer to natives, but
In principle - means generally in concept
Out of principle - means out of conviction

Vladimir4757Vladimir4757    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:30

Yeah, I get the same way too on it, just I always use them interchangeably even though I know for a fact I'm wrong on how I used it. Really bad since I'm also super picky on grammar :p (I was going to say grammar nazi but given the fact that someone brought up actual Nazis in this discussion I think I'll pass...)

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:33

Lol, it's ok in your context. Are you too young for Seinfeld's soup nazi?

vevvevvevvev    Mon, 13/05/2019 - 18:48

"If you are not interested in politics, this does not mean that politics is not interested in you".

IsraelWuIsraelWu    Tue, 14/05/2019 - 08:40

You're right, Israel has to have a peace with its neighbours
There are only two small problems:
First, both sides do not believe one another and Israel doesn't have the privilege to be wrong about it. Just look at the numbers in Syria, Asad's own people. Of course, to be more precise he is an Alawi, minority in his own country and he knows exactly what his fate would be if he failed.
Second, the Muslims, like many others including Israeli orthodox believers, should join as a group, not individuals, the current century . Till than their moral obligations differ from our norms. A couple of years ago I would give it a couple decades. Today, with Poland, Hungary and Austria (and even partially France, US and Russia) as examples we have much longer to wait

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Tue, 14/05/2019 - 11:52

You are correct, but how can this movement into the new century occur? In US, there are more terrorist acts committed not by Muslims, but by the “right-wing extremists” whose violence is in support of the belief that personal and/or national way of life is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent, including anti-globalism, white supremacy, nationalism, suspicion of the government, and beliefs in conspiracies.
Stunningly, even after the mass murder in the Pittsburg synagogue by the white supremacist, after Trump inviting a clearly antisemitic Orban into White House and praising him, some Jews still support him - after all, war with Iran looks promising. What we see is the global ascend into violence caused by the extreme divisions and bias based on religion, nationality, gender, etc. What we need is for people to learn it isn't in their interest to be divided. This isn't limited to Muslims, it includes Israelis. PM Ardern in New Zeland showed what kind of response should be given after the mass murder by the white supremacist in mosques. So, while Trump finds "fine people" chanting "Jews will not replace us," should a single Jew support him? Just for all the millions in tax break, mr. Adelson? [Sheldon Adelson gave $30 Million to House Republicans - he got $670 Million tax break.]
Should we be quiet when many imply there is a Zionist plan for world dominance?
Should we just close eyes and hope?
No, we must fight all prejudice, educate more people, show that there is a common cause - environment - cause for uniting everyone to save this planet instead of descending into wars invented to keep us busy noticing how they profit few.

Kashtanka1965Kashtanka1965    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 05:44

I would like to throw another log on the fire. Lately I have noticed how hypocritical some countries and their leaders are. Each terrorists acts are abhorrent and unforgivable, no matter what the religious believes or the color of the skin of those who perpetrated them. What I'm seeing on TV and hear on radio once more shows to me that I'm right about the coverage of such events in media. The coverage depends on ethnic combination of population. In Australia the flags were flying half must after the New Zealand massacre. In Paris they switched off lights on Eiffel Tower and so on... After the shooting in synagogues and Sri Lanka massacre, our media didn't spent too much time of covering the events. Every human life is just as important as an another. As to Israel and Palestine problem I don't see any solution at all. One quote, though, comes to my mind. I think it was made by Israel's former prime minister Golda Meir. It goes something like this: We will have peace and only then, when Palestinian mothers will love their children more, than they hate their enemy. I'm not sure it's entirely correct, but it stuck in my memory for some unknown reason.

JadisJadis    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 07:07

True, in France by now they tell us about the "call of Christchurch", launched by Macron and the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Some idiot killed 49 muslims in New Zealand, but that's not the problem, the problem is that you could see the images on Facebook : this is unbearable. Kill as many muslims, or still better, Christians (only 500 in Ceylon, a simple incident), as you like, no problem, only please don't show the images, this would be shocking. What an hypocrisy. As to the shutting off the Eiffel Tower, it's turning out to a be a joke in France, there is nearly not one day when the Tower shouldn't be turned off at least for a few minutes. Why don't they keep it shut off all the time ? Would be so simpler.

Kashtanka1965Kashtanka1965    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 07:17

As they were trying to shut the images on Facebook the Turkish Prime minister was showing them on his election rallyes.What a joke!

IsraelWuIsraelWu    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 08:31

Hansi K_Lauer,
You wrote:
“The internationally recognized borders of the state are invulnerable.”
Does it include China versus Taiwan? Nepal?
Iraq versus Kuweit?
Are there any exceptions ? What about time limits?
And you wrote:
“The population of Kosovo has changed during the centuries from a Serbian majority to a Albanian majority. That's what happens in history. No ethnic group "owns" a territory of this earth forever. We have just borrowed it for a certain time.”
How about South Africa, shouldn’t it be divided at least, in it’s time ?
What are the time frames for such changes to be accepted?
And how do you settle these two opposite statements in your mind ? Don’t they lead to paradox ?
My simple engineer’s mind works just with bivalent logic ? Do philosophers’ minds work with multivalent logic?
Explain and elaborate, please.

Hansi K_LauerHansi K_Lauer    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 09:17

See how they did it in Czechoslovakia ...
or Germany, vice versa.
Even Yugoslavia ...
They could have agreed on a separation without a war ...
but unfortunately they didn't.

You mentioned South Africa.
South Africa occupied what is today Namibia during WWI.
In 1971, after the International Court of Justice in The Hague declared the South African administration illegal, South Africa agreed to release South West Africa into independence after an appropriate transitional period.

The people's will should count, not armies and weapons.

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 16:55

I'm glad that a person from most the disputed corner of the Earth is able to see that.
But folks who annexed Texas and Hawaii would only say, oh, it was long in the past, doesn't count.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:04

Ok, Texas and Hawaii...
What's the point of this? It's not like they want or can stand on their own...
With all nature events hitting both, you would think it became clear where the attention should be.

vevvevvevvev    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:07

Вот мы уже и спорим :(  А ведь не хотели...

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:14

В споре рождается истина. Only wish we argued how to fix things...

vevvevvevvev    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:23

This is such a big lump... In my opinion, the correction of this is a question of the evolution of mankind. An individual can only correct himself...

Alexander FreiAlexander Frei    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:34

Такую античную ерунду опровергли уже во времена Шопенгауэра. Каждый слышит только себя. В особенности тогда, когда говорят про политику и религию Regular smile

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:42

"Я, Василий Иванович, совершенно не понимаю, как это человеку, который путает Канта с Шопенгауэром, доверили командовать дивизией." Виктор Пелевин "Чапаев и Пустота", 1996.  Teeth smile

vevvevvevvev    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:46

Однажды дзен-буддист Фёдор начал отрицать величие философии марксизма. Однако, когда его вызвали «куда надо», отрицал там свое отрицание, убедившись тем самым в справедливости закона отрицания отрицания Regular smile

BratBrat    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 18:23

...А другая сторона облома заключается в том, что людям свойственно такое хорошее качество, как гибкость ума, благодаря которой можно за одни и те же, по сути (если отмести все словесные нагромождения), вещи превознести до небес и расстрелять с равным КПД. На то история и личный опыт. Так что если раньше всякие межчеловеческие обломы вызывали недоумение, депресняки, обиду, шок, то теперь просто серую грусть. И прихожу я к состоянию полной боевой готовности к любому ведру помоев на голову с балкона. Ну, пришла и ладно. А вообще все эти разборки и обиды — такая хуйня, до смешного противно. Делать надо дело — для себя, для Бога, для своих, что мы идентифицируем. А зла ни на кого не держу, всё зло от непонимания, а ещё большее зло от недопонимания, так что ума надо набираться и больше духовного ума, чем логики и аналитики. Бога надо вбирать в себя. Через снег босыми ногами, а не через разные личностные пиздежи...

(С) Я. Дягилева (из письма Ю. Шестобитовой)

Как говорится по-русски,— ни убавить, ни прибавить...

SchnurrbratSchnurrbrat    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:24

You kidding, right? So there are some countries that do not want to be independent? And nature events were not involved.

Texas wasn't on its own, it was part of Mexico, and their leader Santa Anna (most praised for his role in Mexican Independence) was captured and in captivity had to agree on Texas annexation. And the pattern was just the same as described by @St. Sol above with his "house example": Mexicans let in anglo-american immigrants to settle on their territory; after some time they stopped paying taxes and with the help of US guns claimed territory their own.
And Hawaii were doing just fine without U.S. for centuries, but they were hit by US economic sanctions. Given unique location I would suspect they would be a very rich country now if they had a chance for their Independence.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 17:37

I'm not kidding. This is NOT the time to debate Texas and Hawaii. It is not important that every town in Asia wants to be a country. What is important that air, lakes, rivers, seas, oceans are polluted, that whales are beaching because of the underwater military explosions, that we reached the highest level of carbon dioxide in human history, that weather storms have higher intensity. If Hawaii is under water, there will be no independence. And rich? Rich but soulless? Rich and dead inside? Rich and dead...

sandringsandring    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 09:45

Наконец-то Влад поймет, почему "Она из принципа не читает газет" Regular smile

IsraelWuIsraelWu    Wed, 15/05/2019 - 11:09

Do you remember Boers ? Started settling in late 17th century and continued to arrive till the British came.
Boers could be compared to conquistadors, should they also return to Europe ?
The tribunal ruled according to your first definition, entirely disregarding your second one. Still a paradox remains, doesn't it ?
And how is peoples' will expressed, in "free" elections like in Ukraine, Belarus, late USSR or Russia of today, Venezuela or Cuba or the last German elections in 1933, after Reichstag fire and SA and SS on the streets?
And sorry, but you didn't answer my question, just tried to convince me how it should be. I might even agree with you, entirely, partially, with a finite set of exceptions or a mechanism for defining an ad hoc exception. But first, please, answer my original question how do you decide between two principles excluding one another or can live with them on a daily basis
Наконец-то Влад поймет, почему "Она из принципа не читает газет" - perhaps or will learn material dialectics :-)

Hansi K_LauerHansi K_Lauer    Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:54

I'm not sure what you mean.
I just referred to the United Nations convention as it exists since after WWII.
If you have doubts about specific countrie's issues maybe you get in contact with the United Nations Organization.
They'll give you a much better expertise than I can.

I'm not sure where you see the contradiction in my statement.
Do you mean the "contradiction" between territorial integrity of states and the right for national self-determination?
There is no contradiction at all.
The first refers to the relation between international states, the second to self defined groups within a nation (usually ethnic groups).
If they desire to segregate it should be determined in a free and democratic poll held amongst the genuine citizens of that specific territory. It needs to be defined who a "genuine citizen" with the right to vote in this territory is. Criteria as place of birth or a certain period of permanent residence might be considered. The line of the border should be defined by the United Nations.