There was no way they could have known that morning
That they awoke upon a fateful day
The killer wind came down without a warning
and no one had the chance to get away

The firemen were brave they fought with honor
But the blaze was more than it appeared to be
And one by one they fell beside their comrades
The victims of a foe they could not see

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Mama where are you - Papa where did you go
And where are all the children who used to play here
Only heaven knows

What they saw defied all explanation
Someone said the trees were glowing red
They say the light came from the radiation
But maybe it’s the spirits of the dead

[chorus]

Gone the homes the gardens and the playgrounds
Gone the souls who made their livings here
They say this place will always be a ghost town
It will be for at least six hundred years

[chorus]


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    General CommentIt's a damn sad song and for me it's hard to interpret it without consideration of its original context, the Chernobyl tragedy. In fact the lyrics describe the first days after the meltdown - people knowing nothing about the accident, fire brigades that've been sent to extinguish the fire getting fried by gamma rays, the deadly light seen from the the air and the effects of the meltdown - deserted wasteland where towns and villages once were.
    The first time I've heard this song was in the short movie from abandoned Pripryat, the city near Chernie nuclear power plant. And these two movies (in fact the whole Elena Filatovna's website about that tragedy) along with that track threw me into one of these sad and melancholic moods. Here are the links to the clips:
    helpmearoundtheworld.com/elenafilatova/…
    helpmearoundtheworld.com/elenafilatova/…
    and to the journal:
    elenafilatovna.com
    Sjrvon September 02, 2006   Link

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