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Feature: Back From the USSR
Psoy Korolenko

Nevsky Prospect
Translated from the Russian by Alex Cigale

anywhere you look – anywhere you are –
all turns to shit – and everyone’s a cunt
the lights are bright and life seductive
and all will screw you – goes out at night
to have some fun – private rooms of clubs
Nevsky Prospect awaits and lures him on
lights burning at both ends – ahead, behind
all for the sake of fun – it’s one big lie

everyone’s a cunt – and this world’s a madhouse
believe no one – they’ll drive you nuts
this world’s a nuthouse – all the people cunts
all just for fun – it’s simple you live and die

you see a bitch – what comes to mind
she might go down on me – go ahead dream on
you chase her butt – they’ll crack your skull
you wanted a star – you got the whole lot
but you’re a poet – you try to chase her and got
what you deserved – in answer to your quest
soon as you saw her face – you knew it
you’re fit to die – you lost your mind

everyone’s a cunt – and the world’s a madhouse
believe no one – they’ll drive you nuts
this world’s a nuthouse – all the people cunts
all just for fun – it’s simple you live and die

your coffin quietly – without ceremony or fuss –
they drove to the graveyard – the lights went out
and marching in silence behind a soldier cried
only because he drank one too many shots

everyone’s a cunt – la la la la la la la –
do not believe the Nevsky Prospect I wind myself tighter inside my raincoat
when I’m out and about I try hard to completely ignore all the things I see
it’s telling you a damn lie all the time it’s totally fucked the Nevsky Prospect
but especially when the night lays its heavy trunk on the boulevard
contrasting the whitewashed straw-pale walls as the city thunders and shines
a multitude of carriages streams from the bridges the outriders scream and hop on
and some demon lights the lamps so that we see objects in their unnatural state

everyone’s a cunt – and the world’s a madhouse
how terrifying to realize it’s just nuts
but it’s a fact – everyone’s a cunt
and the whole world a madhouse

 

Like fuck I need this sex?

Like fuck I need this sex?
I bite into the body of a text
Like fuck I need this sex?
I bite into the body of a text

Culture is a palimpsest:
One shits what another ate
Culture is a palimpsest:
One shits what another ate

Early morning I’ll awake
Fondling Heidegger’s pecker!
And then I’ll go to take a crap
And use Searle for an ass-wipe

I am Genet and you’re Bataille
Quickly grab between my thighs!
I am Genet and you’re Bataille
Quickly grab between my thighs!

Everyone else Lacans and Guattaris
They all grabbed me by my willie
Everyone else Lacans and Guattaris
They all grabbed me by my willie

I’m Bataille and you’re Lacan
Let’s quickly go and dance the cancan
I’m Bataille and you’re Lacan
Let’s quickly go and dance the cancan

Remember Freud!
Is he the Yid? Yes, the Yid
Remember Freud!
Is he the Yid? Yes, he is

And A. F. Losev?
Is he a philosopher?
And A. F. Losev?
Is he a philosopher?

Podoroga, Podoroga,
How about you handle my bonner
Just imagine I’m Bataille
Grab my dick and give a sigh!

Like a darling with eight holes
She’s fucked by the whole world
And in the other two holes
Are whole virtual worlds

Our dearest has a wise appearance
He’s wiser than all Derridas
We’ll take his half-cooked ideas
And stick them up Derrida’s ass

Fassbinder walking in the street
Spinning cylinders on his dick
Toward him is walking Celine
Quickly fetching him Vaseline!

One time Ryklin burped a storm
And it went up somebody’s bottom
He grabbed a baton off the ground
And used it to fuck sadness-alcoholism.

I’ve heard that Jacques Derrida
Instead of a pecker has a beard
And instead of a big Johnson
He’s got three humongous cunts.

I have heard Jacques Derrida
Lecture on hauntings and difference
He was visited by some friends
And they researched up his behind.

I have heard that Jacque Derrida
Suddenly lost his erection,
And a critic howled “Down
with phallocentrism, clown!”

Let me tell you dear old Jaques
Instead of a package has a pussy
Let me tell you dear old Jaques
Instead of a package has a pussy

Let me tell you instead of a pussy
Jaques Derrida has a water pistol
Let me tell you instead of a pussy
Jaques Derrida has a water pistol

Let me tell you on top of his pussy
Jaques Derrida has another pussy
Let me tell you on top of his pussy
Jaques Derrida has another pussy

I have heard that Jean Paul Sartre
Used to bugger his ass with a vibrator ….

 

A Romantic Escape

Life’s sweet for a star in the sky
Life’s sweet for a cock in your pie
Life’s sweet for a snake in the grass
spacerAnd in hell for Orpheus
Life’s sweet for a meadow in dew
spacerIn my mouth for kielbasa –
Only I am forever screwed.

spacerI’m screwed pal, I am screwed.
spacerI’m off to the little state of Iowa.
spacerCome quick, buy me a ticket.

Swell, a piece of shit in the ass
Swell, an elephant in the circus
Swell in the river for a trout
Swell for grass in a cow’s mouth
Swell for a wolf in the forest
Even for a dog in the house
And for a cat – only I’m fucked.

spacerI am screwed my friend, screwed.
spacerI’m leaving for the little state of Iowa.
spacerYou can forget you ever knew me.

Like a pilgrim lost on the plain
Like a prisoner all in chains
I’m like a wounded animal
Or like one forbidden to enter
I’m like a dried out leaf
A tree from its roots removed.

spacerI am screwed, boy, I am screwed.
spacerWhere is my little state of Iowa?
spacerI just hope my dreams come true.

 

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Psoy KorolenkoPsoy Korolenko is the pseudonym of songwriter and performer Pavel Lion. At the same time Pavel Lion is a slavist with a Ph.D. in Russian literature. His pseudonym comes from Vladimir Korolenko, Russian writer (1853–1921), whose works are the subject of Pavel's research. As Psoy, he has a cult following and tours extensively beyond Russian borders, particularly in the States and in Europe. His style and substance have been compared to a mixture “of the creative manners of Marx Brothers and Spike Jones, Yuriy Vizbor and Tiny Tim, intellectual comedy of Tom Lehrer, French chanson, Russian bard song and city romance, as well as … Klezmer and Russian rock.” To date he has released 10 albums of his recordings. Links to his unreleased recordings from the 90s and the first 10 years of his lyrics in Russian are here. You can follow his whereabouts on his blog.

 

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