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 frosty blue
Then they put me in jail 'til you were twenty-three

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

And things are happening here where 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 all right
We are warm in our hidden room down here
We've got stars in our eyes tonight

Lyrics submitted by shipwright

Evening in Stalingrad song meanings
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    General CommentA Stolypin car is a windowless police wagon, used in Soviet Russia for carting arrested folks away to jail.

    Chechnya is a disputed former Soviet republic and current Russian province trying (via terrorism) to gain independende).

    And this is perhaps the most romantic Mountain Goats song that I can think of.
    shipwrighton January 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite Russian dissident love song.
    shortinoon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a couple in Russia where one of them is getting hunted by the police, so they are hiding so they can be together.

    It is one of my favourites.
    xcatson March 17, 2007   Link

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