"Yulia" as written by and Spencer Kyle Krug Dan Boeckner....
Diamonds in the face of nighttime
Watch them as they float along
I was up there floating with them
And you know that I was gone
The radio sings a patriot song
It's the devil that you know
Yulia, Yulia, Yulia

We were standing on the platform
Favourite sons of history
Now you're back in Poshekhonye
Writin' in your diary
They flip one switch, and mission control
And I'm never coming home
Yulia, Yulia, Yulia

Oh, oh like waking from a fever dream
Oh, oh like floating in the salty sea
I'm standing here, drifting alone
And my heart beats slow
And I hope they bring my body back, Yulia

So when they turn the cameras on you
Baby, please still speak for me
Turn up to the dark above you
As they edit me from history
I'm 20 million miles from my comfortable home
This place is very cold
Yulia, Yulia, Yulia

There's nothing out here, nothing out here, nothing out
Nothing out here, nothing out here

There's nothing out here, nothing out here, nothing out
Here, nothing out here, nothing out

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"Yulia" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson


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    General CommentThis song is about space travel and the Russian space program. pretty touching
    jkisauon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHe was influenced, at least partially, by The Red Stuff, but he mixed his memory of the documentary with an urban legend of the Soviet space program.

    The portion of The Red Stuff he's remembering is the deaths of the Soyuz 11, which was recounted by a family member. The men were killed by the vacuum of space when a device meant to regulate cabin pressure malfunctioned on the return. The vessel landed safely on earth but all the Cosmos inside were asphyxiated.

    Dan's combining his memory of this documentary with the (proven hoax) urban legend of a doomed Soviet moonshot hastily prepared to beat the US to it. Legend has it that a miscalculation sent the team of Cosmonauts (or singular Cosmonaut, can't remember) wide of the moon and drifting aimlessly in space to await their demise.

    Either way, it's an amazing story and a beautiful song, and one of the greatest things Wolf Parade has ever done.

    Knelleron October 07, 2010   Link
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    My Opinionterribly powerful video as well

    adimondon December 30, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningHeres my take on this song.
    He seems to be comparing his life as a musician in the big time, a "star" if you will, to being a space cadet.
    My first clue was the similarity of the song's first two lines and Issaac Broc's two songs: "Diamonds on the face of evil", and "Float On". He's refering to the early days of his career when he first got signed by Sub Pop records through their A&R agent Isaac Broc. Dan was "up there floating with them" (the band Modest Mouse and friends) playing on stage and being adored by fans ("we were standing on the platform, the favorite sons of history")
    But life as a musician has alienated him from his old life and "Yulia". And has made him spaced out.
    Also, even though Boekner says he wasn't in the interview, I really do think he was talking about corporate control of the radio. Its about both.
    daboognish88on April 23, 2012   Link

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