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Polyushko-polye (Russian: По́люшко-по́ле; IPA: [ˈpolʲʊʂkə ˈpolʲɪ]) is a Soviet Russian-language song. Polye means "field" in Russian, "polyushko" is a diminutive/hypocoristic form for "polye". It is known as Meadowland or Meadowlands in English.

Soviet arrangements[edit]

The music was composed by Lev Knipper, with lyrics by Viktor Gusev in 1933. The song was part of the symphony with chorus (lyrics by Gusev) "A Poem about a Komsomol Soldier" (Поэма о бойце-комсомольце) composed in 1934. The original lyrics are sung from the perspective of a Red Army recruit, who proudly leaves his home to keep watch against his homeland's enemies.

The song was covered many times by many artists in the Soviet Union, including a well-known rock version recorded by The Singing Guitars (Поющие гитáры), released c. 1967. The song has been regularly performed and recorded by the Alexandrov Ensemble, and it is listed in the Alexandrov Ensemble discography, best known as the Red Army Choir.

Full version at London 1945 Youth Congress[edit]

At the opening of the London 1945 Youth Congress, the full version of Polyushko-polye was performed by a choir of 6,000 members. The music for this performance was composed by musician L. A. Stokovsky, based on the original music of L. Knipper.[1]

Other arrangements[edit]

Outside Russia, several arrangements of the tune are known under the title The Cossack Patrol, particularly a version by Ivan Rebroff,[2] and some under other titles including Meadowland, Cavalry of the Steppes and Gone with the Wind.[citation needed]

In France, a French version called Plaine, ma plaine was made famous during the 1960' by the male choir Les Compagnons de la chanson, from lyrics written by the French actor Francis Blanche.[citation needed]

Christian Bruhn adapted the song in his 1980 soundtrack for the anime series Captain Future. The record gave the title of the track as Space-Wind.[citation needed]

A wordless version is sung by a boys choir on the Disney album "It's a Small World".[citation needed]

Theodore Bikel sung this song as the opening number from "Bikel on Tour" (1963).[citation needed]

The Hassles used Polyushko Polye theme in the song "It's Not Enough" (Album "The Hussles", 1967; "It's Not Enough" was included into 1992 Re-issued Bonus Tracks).[citation needed]

Marc Almond adapted the song with new original lyrics as So Long the Path (So Wide the Field) on his 2003 album of Russian songs Heart on Snow.[citation needed]

The Waterboys applied Polyushko Polye as the basis for the song "Red Army Blues"(Album "A Pagan Place", 1984[citation needed]

Origa, a Russian singer based in Japan, released her own version with altered lyrics in 1998.[citation needed]

Cultural influence[edit]

Michael Palin notably performed the song with the choir of the Russian Pacific Fleet in the television series Full Circle with Michael Palin.[3]

An 8-bit instrumental version of the song is played on early stages of the game Tetris (the 1980s Spectrum-Holobyte edition).[citation needed]


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