Mother Russia how are you sleeping?
Middle winter cold winds blow
From the trees the snowflakes drifting
Swirling 'round like ghosts in the snow

Mother Russia poetry majestic
Tells the time of a great empire
Turning 'round the old man ponders
Reminiscing an age gone by

Mother Russia
Dance of the Tsars
Hold up your heads
Be proud of what you are
Now it has come
Freedom at last
Turning the tides of history
And your past

Mother Russia
Dance of the Tsars
Hold up your heads
Remember who you are
Can you release
The anger the grief?
Can you be happy
Now your people are free

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  • +2
    General CommentWell written in the sense that it captures the sense of Russian music.

    In regards to meaning, I think that the song represents the change from the totalitarian USSR to free Russia. This is best proven in the last phrase "Now your people are free"
    Freemanon May 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is actually about the Russian Revolution hence the
    "Mother Russia
    Dance of the tsars
    Hold up your heads
    Remember who you are"

    The last Tsar Russia had was Tsar Nicholas who was overthrown before the end of WWI about 1917. The Russians revolted and forced the Tsar to abdicate. They eventually killed him and his family. But thats neither here nor there.
    jarbson March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUh Freeman your about a year off with that theory seeing as the album this songs on came out in 1990 and the fall of the stalinist regime was in 1991 (I say stalinist because it wasn't Leninist because the idea and pratice of a socialist-democracy was destoryed by stalin after Lenins death and was finally restored by Gobachev) But jarbas is right it's about the liberation of Mother Russia from the totalitarian reign of the tzar.
    DOn Karnageon July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if anyone has ever felt this while listenning to an Iron Maiden song. Like you feel you lived in that era, not of the music but of the songs story. Hence, Mother Russia, in the beginning when the eerie chorus comes in I don't feel frightened at all, I feel calm and at the same time struggling through a slow snowy Russian winter.
    gunthora91on August 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwonderfull long live mother russia
    morenaon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastic song about a seriously cool country.
    Lord Matton September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like it. It IS about the government change in Russia, you can be sure of that. However to just comment on the music for a second, I must say, it sounds Russian, and it is kind of an eerie anthem persay for the free Russia.

    The song is very creepy sounding. Might just be me, but late at night in the dark, and you just listen to the instruments you get chills.
    owaon November 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRussia means a lot to me, and this song just gets it all out.
    x d m g coon November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't nkow what it means to much but this song is tottaly cool the guitar rocks
    jellybellyon February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Can you release
    The anger the grief
    Can you be happy
    Now your people are free"

    I think this is a very true lyric and captures the attitude of Russia...the imagery in this song is quite good also. I want to hear this performed by a choir or something...would be absolutely amazing. The power...the might exerted in this song is just...

    "Reminiscing an age gone by"

    silentexclamationon March 22, 2006   Link

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