Song Lyric Sunday: Russia’s Greatest Love Machine

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Danger, Fear, Horror, Nightmare, Terror
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Jim has unleashed the dark side of music this week because my choice features both FEAR and TERROR in the lyrics. There is also DANGER to be found on the dancefloor when this one is played. And students of Russian history probably recoil in HORROR at the way the writers played fast and loose with the truth.

But who cares? Because here is Rasputin by Boney M. This disco classic was a massive 1978 hit across Europe. And responsible for an outbreak of Cossack dancing among pissed-up uncles (PuU) at family parties for the next year.

My tender young eyes witnessed too many pairs of ripped trousers and torn tendons: until the next PuU song (YMCA!) took hold. And many an elderly aunt still shudders when they recall the carnage caused by Carl Douglas’s 1974 hit, Kung Fu Fighting.

But PTSD aside, are you ready for a dose of bonkers lyrics followed by a trip to your local orthopaedic doctor?

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Most people looked at him with terror and with fear
But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear
He could preach the Bible like a preacher
Full of ecstasy and fire
But he also was the kind of teacher
Women would desire

Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

He ruled the Russian land and never mind the Tsar
But the kazachok he danced really wunderbar
In all affairs of state he was the man to please
But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze
For the queen he was no wheeler dealer
Though she’d heard the things he’d done
She believed he was a holy healer
Who would heal her son

Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
There was a cat that really was gone
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
It was a shame how he carried on

But when his drinking and lusting
And his hunger for power
Became known to more and more people
The demands to do something
About this outrageous man
Became louder and louder

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey

“This man’s just got to go”, declared his enemies
But the ladies begged, “Don’t you try to do it, please”
No doubt this Rasputin had lots of hidden charms
Though he was a brute, they just fell into his arms
Then one night some men of higher standing
Set a trap, they’re not to blame
“Come to visit us”, they kept demanding
And he really came

Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
They put some poison into his wine
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
He drank it all and said, “I feel fine”

Ra ra Rasputin
Lover of the Russian queen
They didn’t quit, they wanted his head
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
And so they shot him ’til he was dead

Oh, those Russians

Songwriters: Frank Farian / Fred Jay / George Reyam
Rasputin lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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