on repeat lately: Ария, “Свобода”

Sometimes, a cover totally pwns the original. It happened to that White Lion song, “Cry for Freedom” that was covered by Ария. First of all, Valery Kipelov _is_ a singer, unlike the guy from White Lion (yeah I know, the majority of the mainstream 80s bands had “singers” like that; doesn’t mean I have to appreciate that “style”). And, well, the original lyrics were kinda bland, albeit the anti-war message is always a good one.

However, in the case of the Ария cover, the lyrics are different. A personal mystical journey, so to speak. Marga Pushkina wrote one of her best ever pieces here. You can find my non-rhyming translation under the cut.

Russian lyrics by Margarita Pushkina

The fire is burning brighter,
Consuming the pages of life;
What comes next
Is only known to me;
No questions anymore,
No beautiful lies to hear in response;
A stream of cars of steel // is carrying me towards infinity. (I switched the lines here to make a better English sentence; Russian has a more flexible word order)

Another life – not a dream,
The one I was born for;
And in the hour of nocturnal roads
I’m never alone.

Refrain:
We believe there is Freedom,
As long as the dream is alive;
We believe in our Freedom,
And that’s the way it shall remain.

I see the faces,
Marked by the sign of the eight winds;
Whom do we pray to
For luck to be with us forever on our way;
And the one who’s been chosen by Death
Will not surrender others to it;
That one is gliding along as a shadow
And guards us.

Another life – not a dream,
The horizon is nearer and nearer,
And in the hour of nocturnal roads,
No-one is ever alone.

We believe there is Freedom,
As long as the dream is alive;
We believe in our Freedom,
And that’s the way it shall remain.

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