Gazprom

My source is radio 4’s extended lunchtime news bulletin: the beautifully-titled ‘World at One’.

A recent piece about the geopolitics of events in Ukraine was enhanced by a song about Gazprom. Not just any song, mind – this is The Gazprom Song. In principle I suppose it is reminiscent of the corporate songs you might associate with Japan or China.

So we have an interesting perspective on current affairs, a certain amusement value, plus what turns out to be a rather catchy little number

Don’t bother trying, you’ll never ever find
A surer friend than Gazprom
We’re giving people warmth and light
For office and for home
We should always keep in mind
From dawn till sun down,
That our work is always needed
Working day or holiday

(chorus)
Let’s drink to you, let’s drink to us,
Let’s drink to all the Russian gas
That it never comes to an end,
Though it’s so hard to obtain
Let’s drink to you, let’s drink to us
Let’s drink to all the Russian gas
For those extracting the new sun
From down beneath the ground

We’re renowned for our deeds
The world over
And all your troubles will recede
If Gazprom people are nearby
Don’t try, you’ll never ever find
A surer friend than Gazprom
We’re giving people warmth and light
For office and for home

(chorus)

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