Evening in Stalingrad


Full Force Galesburg




the Mountain Goats



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Evening in Stalingrad is the 13th song on the album Full Force Galesburg.


When you were nineteen I first laid eyes on you
The small stream that ran through the center of town carried your name to me
Your hair was dark and your eyes were a frosty blue
And then they put me in jail 'til you were twenty-three

When you were twenty-four we took to drinking and dancing
We boxed with our shadows like a couple of kangaroos
And then we went down to Chechnya for the weekend
Your eyes were glacial and your promises all rang true

And things are happening here while we sleep
I can feel it in my boiling brain
And I'm dreaming in blood-red color
When I see the Stolypin car riding through the light rain
They'll have to carry me out on my back
They'll have to tear me to pieces, alright
We are warm in our hidden room down here
We've got stars in our eyes tonight

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Things Referenced in this SongEdit

  • Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is a city in southern Russia.
  • Chechnya is a southern Russian republic.
  • Stolypin cars were a type of railroad carriage used in the former Soviet Union. Originally intended for transportation of resettling peasants and livestock, they were repurposed for the transport of prisoners after the Bolshevik Revolution.

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