"My October Symphony" as written by Neil Tennant and Christopher Lowe....
So much confusion
When autumn comes around
What to do about October
How to smile behind a frown?
It's hard to settle down

It's so bemusing
Will they cancel the parade?
We marched each October
Now they say we were never even saved
We must be very brave

Shall I rewrite or revise
My October symphony?
Or as an indication
Change the dedication
From revolution to revelation?

So we're all drinking
As leaves fall to the ground
Because we've been thinking
How October's let us down
Then and now

Shall we remember
December instead?
Or worry about February?
Mourn our war-torn dead
Never seeing red?

Shall I rewrite or revise
My October symphony?
Or as an indication
Change the dedication
From revolution to revelation?



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"My October Symphony" as written by Neil Tennant Christopher Lowe

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    General CommentWritten in between the collapse of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), "My October Symphony" is from the perspective of someone living in the Soviet Union as it is crumbling, excited to see their country finally brought into the modern world ("...change the dedication from revolution to revelation"), apprehension at the dire economic straits Russia was experiencing at the time ("how to smile behind a frown? It's hard to settle down..."), and confusion over Russia's evolving image in the West ("we marched each October, now they say we were never even saved...we must be brave").

    I imagine the line, "so we're all drinking, as leaves fall to the ground" is intended as a joke.
    owennnnnnnnnnon July 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentowennnnnnnnnn wrote on 07-07-2006:
    "I imagine the line, "so we're all drinking, as leaves fall to the ground" is intended as a joke."

    Not necessarily true! I have several Russian friends who have said that in the last years of the Soviet Union that people would often drink on national holidays. As the lustre of the holidays subsided, people were less inclined to celebrate them, despite the fact they still received the day off from work for it.

    I don't know if you've seen the German movie "Good Bye Lenin!", but there's an example of the main character spending the 40th anniversary of the GDR in varying states of inebriation. Obviously, USSR =! GDR, but still useful.
    the_czaron January 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a composer confused about what to make of the fall of the Soviet Republic and the looming future, which may bring either good, bad of both.

    His feelings are strongly influenced by his upbringing, in which the revolution was idolized, but also by the looming changes which may bring much good.

    It reflects the insecurity of the people going through this phase, their loss of 'security in what they kow/were taught' vs their hopes for change.
    sejtamon September 13, 2014   Link

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