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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
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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.

Comments
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

@IsraelWu
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
sandring,
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

@IsraelWu
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.

IsraelWuIsraelWu    Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:18

Hansi K_Lauer
Are you seriously trying to tell me you don’t see a paradox created by the two statements being true simultaneously? Or do you just avoid facing it ?
Paraphrasing your words the first one says:
The borders are as they are and in case of any change the “Brotherhood of Civilized Nations” is obliged to restore the status quo ante, no questions asked.
Paraphrasing your words the second one says:
The land is not yours, as a people, as a nation, not forever. Any newcomer, after settling down, if he feels strong enough can take it from you and establish a new country.
You didn’t say: culture, language, heritage, autonomous internal rule within the borders of an enveloping country. You said the newcomer has priority.
FYI: Kosovo have always had autonomy, at least on paper (and Stalin’s constitution was the best and most just one in the world, right guys ?). BTW they've declared themselves a sovereign country. It seems the Kosovians (or is it Kosovars ?) were rebels and UN should take from them their illegal borders. Just leave them the autonomy. I think even today it’s not too late.
Do you see the paradox now ?
To clarify: you are BundesRepublik, right? If the south eastern Bund (whoever they are) wants autonomy and immediately or in two weeks be a part of Austria what do you say, which rule applies ?
To clarify even more: every quarter of every German town (or perhaps Gotteborg in Sweden too) where Turkish population is a majority could be an enclave, starting with autonomy, later perhaps a Bund and in the end independent. Take your choice between the two statements. And suddenly Germany would be a Swiss (cheese).

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 02:36

While some are arguing for nothing in particular, others want to close eyes and wish it all away.
Well, if we don't and cant come together here, what are the options for elsewhere?
Close your eyes and war with Iran is possible. Keep them close and world war 3 will follow. Mind you, Israel may be the first to go and will take out neighbors. Win-win?!
And once more, songs, poems are written to make you think not put you into the drug induced nirvana after which you wake up in hell.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 17:53

I'm trying hard to find a young black [important] comic's routine where he said it better than anyone here:
Paraphrasing,
Why is it that white people can come, plant a flag, and declare it is their land [not native Indians'] - imagine a black man getting into an apartment, planting a flag, and declaring it is his land... White people get a country and black man goes to jail...

Hansi K_LauerHansi K_Lauer    Sun, 26/05/2019 - 03:37
IsraelWu wrote:

Any newcomer, after settling down, if he feels strong enough can take it from you and establish a new country.
You didn’t say: culture, language, heritage, autonomous internal rule within the borders of an enveloping country. You said the newcomer has priority.

What gave you the idea I was talking about "newcomers"? Who should that be?
I was thinking of historically established ethnic minorities within a country, such as Catalans, Basques, Sardinians, Scots, Flemings, Wallonians, Kurds and many others.
And to prevent you from (deliberatly?) misunderstanding me again: I don't say I'd be happy to see it. But they should have the right to demand secession if their will is legally established.

Kashtanka1965Kashtanka1965    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 01:21

Is it not enough to listen to propaganda on radio and TV all day from left and right of the politics? Maybe it's time to take a chill pill and stop politicizing this wonderful site. Let's stick to translation of songs and poems and forget about Putin and other dictators. They all will disappear in garbage depots of history, but the songs and poems will remain forever.

IsraelWuIsraelWu    Fri, 17/05/2019 - 05:54

Kashtanka,
Well, you've got your "mature" answer. I stop my side of this dialog. Still, "nothing ventured, nothing gained" or in our case - nothing learned. I think I have learned enough from our mistakes.

Marica NicolskaMarica Nicolska    Wed, 22/05/2019 - 13:13

Макаревич не так давно сказал: "Теперь я холостяк, и прекрасно себя чувствую". Да, поезд ушел - и это гарантирует отсутствие катастроф для опоздавших. Хотя... при чем тут опоздавшие? Наши дамы и в 60 мужей в разных странах находят - а мужья счастливы, что хоть в конце жизни обрели таких жен! Конец - делу венец!

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