"Miss Gradenko" as written by and Stewart Armstrong Copeland....
Don't tell the director I said so
But are you safe Miss Gradenko?
We were at a policy meeting
They were planning new ways of cheating.
I didn't want to rock your boat,
But you sent this dangerous note

You've been letting your feelings show.
Are you safe Miss Gradenko?
Miss Gradenko are you safe?
Are you safe Miss Gradenko?
Miss Gradenko are you safe?

Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody at all in here?
Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.
Is anybody alive in here?
Nobody but us.

Your uniform don't seem to fit
You're much too alive in it.
You've been letting your feelings show.
Are you safe Miss Gradenko?
Miss Gradenko are you safe?

Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody at all in here?
Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.

Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody at all in here?
Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.

Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.


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"Miss Gradenko" as written by Stewart Armstrong Copeland

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    General CommentThis song is clearly about a woman inside some sort of organization which subjects its members to dehumanizing uniformity, and otherwise "cheats". It may be an unscrupulous corporation, but the Russian sound of "Gradenko" indicates that this is probably about a Communist governent and a woman inside who is getting too lively for the system to tolerate.

    Excellent elaboration on this and other songs at:

    stewartcopeland.net/lyrics/…
    rikdadon September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis one reminds me of the romance between Winston and Julia in George Orwell's 1984.
    CoffeeAchieveron October 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho is Miss Gradenko?
    christoson July 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought of this as some sort of Agatha Christie-meets-the-Golden-Girls song. Although I guess she'd probably be Mrs. Gradenko. Either that or perhaps a kind of "one flew over the cuckoo's nest"-type deal. Hell, I dunno.
    mark36on March 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment[Stephen Holden—Rolling Stone 1983] Stewart Copeland's "Miss Gradenko," a novelty about secretarial paranoia in the Kremlin, is memorable mainly for Summers' modal twanging between the verses.
    sillybunnyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt least Copeland's contribution is thoroughly better; 'Miss Gradenko' is yet another in a series of those lightweight half-comic numbers Stu is famous for, even if this time around it's kinda disturbing, especially when you hear grim lyrics like 'Is anybody alive in here? Nobody but us in here'. Can't deny the catchiness of the chorus though, not on your life you can't. A lightweight piffle it is, but a necessary lightweight piffle - kinda like 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' on Abbey Road.
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought they sounded like Gary Lewis and the Playboys doing this song.
    zaqwert777on October 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite Copeland tune. Some of my favorite guitar work by Andy.
    jim1965on August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was about a guy having an affair with a woman that he can't have for professional reasons... it's hard to explain. :P
    EnduringChillon December 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think of this as the Police's answer to Simon and Garfunkle's Mrs. Robinson. I think Copeland secretly hoped for this little ditty to inspire a movie. It's like he was deliberately creating a character at the height of the Police's popularity.
    johntonforon May 24, 2013   Link

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