Thursday, May 30 2024

Scorpions revealed why they changed the lyrics to their top hit “Wind Of Change”, explaining that they no longer wanted to “romanticize Russia.”

In light of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, German hard rockers decided to change the song’s lyrics for their tour of the U.S. and Europe, which opened in Las Vegas on March 26, a month after the start of the warfare.

“Singing ‘Wind of Change’ as we’ve always sang it is not something I can imagine anymore,” band singer Klaus Maine told Die Zeit. “It is not right to romanticize Russia with lyrics such as: ‘I’m heading to Moscow/ I’m crossing Gorky Park… Let the ball sound.”

The band changed the lyrics to: “Now listen to my heart/ It says Ukraine/ Waiting for the wind to change direction.”

The ballad released in 1991 for perestroika is the most famous song of German hard rockers. It was voted a 20th century song by the audience of the German public broadcaster ZDF in 2005.

Although the song was released a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is considered the soundtrack of the era of economic and social change in the former Soviet Union that heralded the end of the Cold War.

Maine said he wrote the lyrics on September 3 and 4, 1989, a month after the Scorpions appeared at Moscow’s Music Peace festival.

Photo: Scorpions

Source: ΑNA-MPA



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