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Song Parodies -> "A Russian Vicar of Bray"

Original Song Title:

"The Vicar of Bray"

Original Performer:

Sergey Mikhalkov

Parody Song Title:

"A Russian Vicar of Bray"

Parody Written by:

Jack Doughty

The Lyrics

Sergey Mikhalkov, at one time Secretary of the Board of the Union of Writers of the Soviet Union, wrote the original words to the Soviet National Anthem (music by Aleksandrov) introduced in 1943, largely in praise of Stalin. He also wrote the second lyric, under Brezhnev in 1978, cutting out Stalin but praising the Communist Party. He has just had his lyrics accepted for the latest anthem to the same tune, this time in praise of Holy Russia.

I thought this was worth a parody based on "The Vicar of Bray", an 18th-century English song about a vicar who changed his religion with each successive monarch.

Joe Stalin in his day inspired
Mikhalkov to a lyric.
For the National Anthem he required
A Stalin panegyric.
To Aleksandrov's solemn knell,
He chanted Stalin's praises.
When Stalin died and went to Hell,
These words too went to blazes.
(Chorus:)
For these are the words that he maintains -
Let everybody scan them:
"Whoever in Russia holds the reins,
Mikhalkov writes the Anthem."

For many years the Anthem had
No lyric whatsoever,
But Brezhnev thought this was too bad,
And called for new endeavour.
Mikhalkov stepped into the breach
To praise the Soviet Union
In phrases to inspire and teach
A communist communion.
(Chorus)

The Soviet Union passed away,
And then the rule was broken.
No Aleksandrov melody;
Mikhalkov's words unspoken.
A different anthem for a while
Was Mother Russia's theme song,
But no-one much admired its style.
It was nobody's dream song.
(Chorus)

When Putin, former KGB,
Put Russia back on track, sir,
He thought that he would like to see
The former tune brought back, sir.
The old words would no longer do,
The earlier ones were worse, sir.
So who could write the words anew?
Why, Mikhalkov, of course, sir!
(Chorus)

Mikhalkov's words, or so he says,
Date back to 53, sir.
I wonder if he pulls our legs?
It seems that way to me, sir.
"Our native land preserved by God"
Back then would not have done, sir.
He could have faced a firing squad
For that small bit of fun, sir.
(Chorus)

Now Russia's his prevailing note,
Not Party, nor yet Stalin.
Unlike the earlier words he wrote,
No-one finds these appalling.
His borrowed theme from "Wide My Land"
Shows some lack of invention,
But who can doubt the Master's grand
"Pro Patria" intention?
(Chorus)

To Putin and his middle path,
Twixt communists and con men,
He will forevermore hold faith,
While he relies upon them.
If this regime should go awry,
And Putin's power should falter,
Mikhalkov will be standing by,
The Anthem's words to alter.
(Chorus)

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