Saturday Night Music: ‘My Address is the Soviet Union’

This song has been stuck in my head for almost twenty-four hours now. I suppose I shouldn’t complain: if I have to have a song stuck in my head, I’d much prefer a Russian one to some annoying (and bad) English-language stuff. (Not that all English-language music is annoying, but most modern music in this country is pretty bad. Just saying.)

The song is called “My Address is the Soviet Union” [Мой адрес Советский Союз] and it was very, very popular back in the day (circa 1972).

I feel such nostalgia with this song, which is ridiculous on so many levels. I don’t even like the Soviet Union. Trust me, I’ve studied Soviet history extensively and it was a horrible place to live (at least compared to the United States – it was much better than modern North Korea, but then again, pretty much any place is preferable to North Korea). I never lived in the Soviet Union. It fell shortly after I was born, so there was no time in my life when I consciously existed and was aware of the country known as the Soviet Union.

Well, it wasn’t for nothing that my second reader for my undergraduate thesis said that I was able to paint a remarkably accurate portrait of life in the Soviet Union, especially considering I never lived there.

Lyrics in Russian and English are below.

In English:

The railcar wheels dictate
Where we urgently meet
My telephone numbers
Are scattered throughout the cities
The heart cares the heart worries
The postals pack the cargo
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union

Telegraphic dots and dashes
You search for me at the construction sites
Today personal matters aren’t important
Just the work-day reports

The heart cares the heart worries
The postals pack the cargo
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union

I am where the guys are sensible
I am where posters proclaim ‘forward’
Where a laboring nation sings
The new workers’ songs

The heart cares the heart worries
The postal packs the cargo
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union
My address not just the house or the street
My address is the Soviet Union

In Russian:

Колёса диктуют вагонные
Где срочно увидеться нам
Мои номера телефонные
Разбросаны по городам

Заботится сердце сердце волнуется
Почтовый пакуется груз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз
Вы точки тире телеграфные
Ищите на стройках меня
Сегодня не личное главное
А сводки рабочего дня

Заботится сердце сердце волнуется
Почтовый пакуется груз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз

Я там где ребята толковые
Я там где плакаты вперёд
Где песни рабочие новые
Страна трудовая поёт

Заботится сердце сердце волнуется
Почтовый пакуется груз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз
Мой адрес не дом и не улица
Мой адрес Советский Союз

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