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Rasputin
Boney M. Lyrics


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There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
Most people look 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

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
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 look 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 Czar
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

Overall Meaning

The song “Rasputin” by German disco group Boney M. tells the story of Grigori Rasputin, a self-proclaimed mystic who rose to be one of the most influential figures in the late Russian Empire. In the first verse, the lyrics describe Rasputin as a man with a frightening reputation but who was also loved by many women in Moscow. He speaks with the fervor of a preacher and is full of passion, attracting many followers. However, the song also alludes to the darker side of Rasputin’s character, his indulgence in alcohol, lust, and hunger for power.


In the chorus, Rasputin is called the “lover of the Russian queen” and the “Russia’s greatest love machine”, which refers to his alleged affair with Alexandria, the wife of Tsar Nicholas II. Although the queen knew of his indiscretions, she believed that he had the power to heal her son, who was suffering from hemophilia. The song also references the conspiracies against Rasputin, with some people seeking to remove him from power. When his enemies finally poisoned and shot him, they did so in secret, and this event marked the end of Rasputin’s power and influence.


Line by Line Meaning

There lived a certain man in Russia long ago
Once upon a time in Russia, there was a man


He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow
This man was both physically imposing and had an intense gaze


Most people looked at him with terror and with fear
Despite his appearance, most people were afraid of him


But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear
However, some women in Moscow found him charming


He could preach the Bible like a preacher
He had impressive religious oratory skills


Full of ecstasy and fire
His sermons were filled with passionate emotion


But he also was the kind of teacher
Yet he also had a reputation for teaching other things


Women would desire
Specifically, women desired him sexually


Ra ra Rasputin
A chant-like repetition of the man's name


Lover of the Russian queen
Rasputin was involved romantically with the queen of Russia


There was a cat that really was gone
There was a person involved in the situation who had gone missing


Russia's greatest love machine
Rasputin was known for his sexual prowess


It was a shame how he carried on
This was seen as shameful by some


He ruled the Russian land and never mind the Czar
Despite the czar's authority, Rasputin held significant power in Russia


But the kazachok he danced really wunderbar
In addition to politics and romance, he was also known for his impressive dancing


In all affairs of state he was the man to please
Rasputin was influential and influential people wanted to keep him happy


But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze
However, he was happiest when he had a woman in his arms


For the queen he was no wheeler dealer
Despite his affairs with other women, Rasputin was not dishonest with the queen.


Though she'd heard the things he'd done
The queen was aware of Rasputin's reputation and actions


She believed he was a holy healer
Despite his reputation, the queen believed Rasputin had divine healing powers


Who would heal her son
She specifically believed he could cure her sick son


But when his drinking and lusting
However, his reputation eventually caught up with him


And his hunger for power
As Rasputin became more influential, his desire for further power increased


Became known to more and more people
As more people found out about this, concern grew


The demands to do something
Calls for action grew louder


About this outrageous man
People found Rasputin's behavior unacceptable


This man's just got to go, declared his enemies
His opponents declared that he needed to be eliminated


But the ladies begged, "don't you try to do it, please"
However, some women still defended him


No doubt this Rasputin had lots of hidden charms
Despite his flaws, Rasputin still had appeal and secrets


Though he was a brute, they just fell into his arms
Women continued to be drawn to his brutish charm


Then one night some men of higher standing
Despite opposition, some men of status decided to take action


Set a trap, they're not to blame
They devised a plan to take down Rasputin, but didn't feel guilty for doing it


Come to visit us, they kept demanding
They convinced him to come visit them


And he really came
And he foolishly fell into their trap


They put some poison into his wine
They poisoned Rasputin


He drank it all and said, "I feel fine"
Rasputin seemed not to notice the poison and felt fine


They didn't quit, they wanted his head
His enemies didn't give up even after trying to poison him


And so they shot him 'til he was dead
They killed Rasputin with a gunshot


Oh, those Russians
A humorous comment about the role of Russians in the story




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Frank Farian, Fred Jay, George Reyam

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@hansenyan6217

Bobby Farrell:
Born in Island country of Aruba ,
Jamaican decent ,
In a German band,
Singing lip syncing in English
in Turkish melody,
using Japanese instruments,
performing in Poland ,
singing about a Russian man and later died in Russia .


RIP Bobby Farrell



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