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Russian Love Song, A: The Goons (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan) [1957]

A Russian Love Song is a rampaging comedic romp featuring the vocal versatility of Dr. Strangelove himself, Peter Sellers. The highlight of this satire of the chaos ignited by Sputnik is an Elvis Presley impression of an 'atomic' song that concludes with a Russian voice saying: "That's right comrade Elvis…Go on, shake your hips while we listen to the blips of our glorious Russian satellite moon (i.e. the Sputnik satellite)."

The Goons mutated from the UK radio show 'Crazy People' in 1951 and started the BBC's 'Goon Show.' The program, which featured offbeat humor and musical satire starred Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, and briefly, Michael Bentine. Spin-off singles from the show included, in addition to A Russian Love Song, the following tracks from 1956: I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas, Bluebottle Blues, Bloodnok's Rock 'N' Roll and Ying Tong Song. The Goons are often cited as inspiring the later standardbearer of Brit comedy, 'Monty Python's Flying Circus.' And Prince Charles thinks they're funny…for whatever that's worth.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Russian Love Song, A: The Goons (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan) [1957]

There were two Russian lovers, walking hand in hand
On the banks of a river in a snow covered land
A boy and a girl with starlight in their eyes
They kiss and caress as he tenderly sighs…

Talking:
Ha, ha, ha, comrade,
Alright comrade, that's enough

Singing:
Oh we meet each night by the silvery light
Of that dear old fashioned Russian satellite moon, hey!
It shines so bright, turns Americans white
At the sight of our dear old Russian satellite moon

Talking:
Hello, I'm in England, I tore open my flat
I ran into the cellar and I put on my old ARP hat

Ohh, ha hee ho, don't be silly
Come on in
Nyet!

Singing:
Dance and jive while we're all still alive
By the light of our glorious Russian satellite moon, ah ha ha ha

Gentlemen!

Oh, look up in the skies, I can't believe my eyes
It's the dear old fashioned Russian satellite moon

What, what, where?

Hand me my gun, we're going to have some fun
Oh, I've missed that naughty Russian satellite moon
What's this?
I'll have to run you in now for a very legal reason (ohh!)
Shootin' at Russian moons when they're out of season
An aside, my reply to that is this rocket is in fact
England's answer to the Russian satellite moon

Announcer: The president, gentlemen, the president of the harharnidharn har harmeriharn
Man: There’s a Russian satellite moon over Arkansas, Mr. President
President: Thank heaven it's not over America. Don't worry we are prepared for this!
Mr. Presley, let ‘em have it…

Now listen here, I made it clear
Just what we intend to do
Well, I'll rock around that Russian satellite moon-oon
I'll rock around that Russian satellite moon-oon
Unintelligible

Talking:
That's right comrade Elvis

Singing:
Go on, shake your hips
While we listen to the blips
Of our glorious Russian satellite moon

Russian Cossack singing with sound effects fade out

The Goons (Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan) [1957]
A Russian Love Song
(Milligan-Stephens)
Decca (British) F 10 945

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