"Start Wearing Purple" as written by Eliot Ferguson, Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Yuri Lemeshev, Sergey Ryabstev and Rea Mochiach....
Start wearing purple wearing purple
Start wearing purple, for me now
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish
I promise, it's just a matter of time

So yeah start wearing purple wearing purple
Start wearing purple, for me now
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish
I promise, it's just a matter of time

I know you since you were a twenty and I was twenty
But thought that some years from now
A purple little little lady will be perfect
For dirty old and useless clown

So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it's just a matter of time!

I know it all from Diogenis to Foucault
From Lozgechkin to Paspartu
I ja kljanus obostzav dva paltza
Schto muzika poshla ot Zvukov Mu!

Start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it's just a matter of time!

So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
So why don't you start wearing purple?
Why don't you start wearing purple
Start wearing purple for me now!

All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it's just a matter of time!

So Fio-Fio-Fioletta! Etta! Va-va-va-vaja dama ti moja!
Eh podayte name karetu, votetu, I mi poedem k ebenjam!
So yeah, start wearing purple wearing purple!
Start wearing purple for me now!
All your sanity and wits, they will all vanish,
I promise, it's just a matter of time!


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"Start Wearing Purple" as written by Eliot Ferguson, Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Yuri Lemeshev, Sergey Ryabstev, Rea Mochiach

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  • +5
    General CommentFrom an interview i found on the web.
    "It’s a very deep, spiritual song. It’s actually the least serious song I’ve every written. It’s actually one of the very few songs that was written for a girl, which was my girlfriend at the time. When I first moved to New York in ’98 I had this, kind of obsessive, crazy psychic gypsy lady who was living right next to us, in our building. And you know how it is some people have this fixation with a certain colour, and purple is one of those colours, and that is the whole archetype of these ladies, she was wearing everything: shoes, stockings, handkerchief, skirt, coat, everything, purple shades she was crazy. And one of my girlfriends, she was getting crazy, getting out of hand I was saying ‘you might as well start wearing purple now, because that’s exactly what’s gonna happen to you’. One day I just sat down with a guitar and basically just set it down with just an A minor chord and a song rolled out of it. I love it when that happens. Some songs just roll out.."
    gotawaywithwordson November 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbest ukranian drinking song. god i love being a full-blooded ukranian. gogol bordello makes me real proud to say that it's my homeland!
    cinemaairon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentStart wearing purple is a reference to when people start growing old and crazy, they tend to start wearing purple because the color purple is a very sain color for them. Something about purple conferts the mind.
    Therefore, Start wearing purple has much meaning, not pointless at all.
    Just think of all those women that you wish would of started wearing purple for you.
    stevo2012on March 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttheres this site i found a minute ago. it was a quote from the band leader who said it was because there was this crazy old grandma that wore purple head to toe. i dunno. personally, i think it has no further meaning. its just a random song.
    pink_soupon December 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheyre from New York....The lead singer is from the Ukraine though
    LindseyD4563on January 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just listened to a biography on them on radio 1, the singers from ukraine american drummer, 2 thai backing singers, russian guitarist, and others, theres the website: gogolbordello.com
    banded_geckoon February 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteugene hutz writes premium music.
    apheresisroseon May 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif you enjoy this song, see the film Everything Is Illuminated ... it stars Eugene Hutz and includes some of his music from Gogol Bordello .. very premium .. haha.
    yoshimi_09on June 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe lyrics reflect the bands namesake author Nikolai Gogol and Gogol's Absurdist writing style. The Absurdists loved to write stories that illuminated the futility of life- the lyrics reflect this idea as a twisted love song. As traditional love songs say things like "I love you, I'll grow old with you" this says that in the second verse, but included is the idea that you may as well start wearing purple now (the color of matriarchs), not just because you can be rest assured that I will accompany you as we grow old, but because you will inevitably lose your mind, it doesnt matter how much we imbibe in intellectual pursuits (foucault, etc etc).. we'll lose everything and be morons...together, baby.
    Arch Parloron October 06, 2006   Link
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    Translation
    "It's a very deep, spiritual song. It's actually the least serious song I've ever written. It's actually one of the very few songs that was written for a girl, which was my girlfriend at the time. When I first moved to New York in '98 I had this, kind of obsessive, crazy psychic gypsy lady who was living right next to us, in our building. And you know how it is some people have this fixation with a certain colour, and purple is one of those colours, and that is the whole archetype of these ladies, she was wearing everything: shoes, stockings, handkerchief, skirt, coat, everything, purple shades she was crazy. And one of my girlfriends, she was getting crazy, getting out of hand I was saying you might as well start wearing purple now, because that's exactly what's gonna happen to you. One day I just sat down with a guitar and basically just set it down with just an A minor chord and a song rolled out of it. I love it when that happens. Some songs just roll out.."


    I know it all from Diogenis to Foucault,

    Diogenes was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy.

    or Diogenis D. Valavanidis: is the chairman of the Serbian Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures and the founder of the Aristotle educational and cultural organisation in Belgrade. He has written 3 books and lives in Belgrade,Serbia, Europe. He is considered an important person for the Greek-Serbian relations, as he was the first chairman of the Association of Greeks in Serbia "Rigas Phoereos" and chairman of the New Association of the Serbian-Greek Friendship.



    Foucault was a French physicist best known for the invention of the Foucault pendulum, a device demonstrating the effect of the Earth's rotation. He also made an early measurement of the speed of light, discovered eddy currents, and although he didn't invent it, is credited with naming the gyroscope.

    "I know it all from Culture to Physics." could be one version!


    From Lozgechkin to Paspartu,

    Lozgechkin (Lavochkin) is a Russian aerospace company. It is a major player in the Russian space program.

    Paspartu has a few options but it is refering to art as far as i can tell..

    Turkish translation for the french word for "mat" the mat around a framed piece of art... the french version is passe-partout = goes with everything

    also it can mean a "permanent theater pass" like someone who donates alot of money to theater would get... a cultured person.

    there is also a "galeria paspartu" in barcelona

    "i know it all from rocket science to the canvas" could be one version!


    and i swear, having pissed on two fingers,
    that the music originated from Sounds of Mu (or from moo sounds)

    there is a vulgar joke that goes "It's as easy as pissing on two fingers." so he is saying look anyone can do it... it happens to people on accident... a dummy could do it...

    music from moo sounds or animals bellowing!
    there is a band called Sounds of Mu from Russia as well: The band's name is best translated as "The Sounds of Mu" (where "mu" has been said to stand for music, Moscow streets, Japanese/Korean negative or a cow's 'moo').

    So Violtta, my lady!
    Hey, get ready a carriage, this one,
    we will go to Some far fucking desolate place

    the last word is slang and it could also be said as "fuck-all" we will go to fuck-all,

    a vulgar way for lovers to ride off into the sunset i guess!
    koricoryon January 04, 2011   Link

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