When Lenin was little
All the birds in the forest were singing, "Man, this is it!"
But now that he's older
All the sailors in the heaver are screaming, "Abandon ship!"
I know it can't be right
I know it can't be right
But I just smile instead
Of repeating what I said
In my head
When Lenin was little
Dressed up like a vampire on All Hallow's Eve
All the saints up in heaven
Were looking down at the leaves falling from the trees
I know it can't be right

Daddy, daddy, please save the world from the government
Daddy, daddy, please save my soul from my own judgement
Daddy, daddy, please send me a heart that isn't made of cement
Because the money's all been spent
The money's all been spent


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    General CommentV.I. Lenin........extreme leftist.

    yes. go arcade fire.
    we dream in soundon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song has to do with the russian revolution am i right ? would anyone like to clarify for me (:
    janetisal0seron January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely. Lenin was the communist (not really the same "left" as the one on America's current political spectrum) who seized the revolution. He travelled secretly from Switzerland to Russia in WWI because he realized the revolution was happening/about to take form. He overtook it and brought the Bolsheviks into power. He had a stroke at 52 and died at 54; it was then that Stalin ("Man of Steel") took power and REALLY fucked everything up.

    A lot of people glamorize Lenin, which shows their ignorance. The death camps during the Russian Revolution (comparable to those during the Holocaust) started under Lenin's rule. He was a mass murdered.

    Hope this helps!
    TearsforAffairson March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhere is this song from? I just HAVE to get this.
    dasgoedon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLenin wasn't particularly leftwing. In the context of the revolutionary movement as it stood in russia in 1917 he was far right. He admits it himself in this book he wrote attacking those to the left of him: marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/…

    He led the bolsheviks who hijacked the russian revolution, and was far more brutal in murdering those to the left of him than those to the right. The sailors in the song refer to the kronstadt sailors - serious revolutionaries who thought lenin wasn't communist enough and rose up against him. He had them massacred.

    Most of Lenins writings are online here:
    marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/…

    "The death camps during the Russian Revolution (comparable to those during the Holocaust)"
    You got a source for that?
    TheDevilsApprenticeon April 16, 2009   Link

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