Mudcat Café message #3731483 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #7574   Message #3731483
Posted By: Abby Sale
19-Aug-15 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: Origins/lyrics: Hey Zhankoye
Subject: RE: Origins/lyrics: Hey Zhankoye
FWIW, to answer the request; from Seeger's pre-blackball (I think) TV show:

This is a fine song, oversung in the Revival. It's time to bring it back for listeners, youngsters under 60 that have never heard it. (And many such songs - when's the last time you sang "Copper Kettle" or "Tell Old Bill?")

Great tune but a song of fraud imposed on a people persecuted by official State antisemitism under the tsars, then serious persecution under Stalin. Anything to rid Holy Mother Russia of Jews. With the looming of hopelessness to ever reestablish the homeland, to finally take desperate hope of a substitute homeland. A place of safety and hope for the future (deeply opposed by Jews who could only find hope in the Return.) But safety, prosperity, even vindication!

Only to find the locals outraged and world support far less than envisioned. And finally the Nazis.

A tragedy. But for the time, joy.


Hiya, folks.