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Wind of Change
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Wind of Change

Scorpions
Album:
Crazy World

Song Meaning and Background of Wind of Change by Scorpions


With lyrics inspired by a Russia slowly thawing under glasnost and a famously whistled opening, the power ballad Wind of Change became a symbol of international brotherhood as the Cold War ended. It was a creative volte-face for a heavy metal band known for Spinal Tap-esque album covers and their promise to "rock you like a hurricane."


Klaus Meine, the lead singer of the German rock group Scorpions, wrote it after the Moscow Peace Festival in 1989, where he saw tens of thousands of young Russians absolutely lose it to Western rock music for the first time.


The savage, hard rock band tried to open the song with a heavy guitar intro, but Meine decided to go with his own idea of an opening whistling melody (inspired by his experience hearing a balalaika—a Russian stringed instrument similar to the guitar but with three strings) and the result is one of the most iconic song openings ever.


The song is still a cherished anthem for people all over the world who are fighting for justice, equality, and human rights. It's played at protests and demonstrations, and the lyrics have been used as slogans and rallying cries.


Lyrics of Wind of Change by Scorpions


I follow the Moskva

Down to Gorky Park

Listening to the wind of change

An August summer night

Soldiers passing by

Listening to the wind of change

 

The world is closing in

And did you ever think?

That we could be so close?

Like brothers

The future's in the air

I can feel it everywhere

Blowing with the wind of change

 

Take me to the magic of the moment

On a glory night

Where the children of tomorrow dream away (dream away)

In the wind of change

(Mmmmmmm)

 

Walking down the street

And distant memories

Are buried in the past forever

I follow the Moskva

And down to Gorky Park

Listening to the wind of change

 

Take me (take me) to the magic of the moment

On a glory night (a glory night)

Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams (share their dreams)

With you and me (you and me)

Take me (take me) to the magic of the moment

On a glory night (a glory night)

Where the children of tomorrow dream away (dream away)

In the wind of change (wind of change)

 

The wind of change blows straight

Into the face of time

Like a storm wind that will ring

The freedom bell for peace of mind

Let your balalaika sing

What my guitar wants to sing (sing)

 

Take me (take me) to the magic of the moment

On a glory night (a glory night)

Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams (share their dreams)

With you and me (you and me)

Take me (take me) to the magic of the moment

On a glory night (a glory night)

Where the children of tomorrow dream away (dream away)

In the wind of change (wind of change)

Release Date

1990

Songwriter/s

Klaus Meine

Producer/s

Keith Olsen, Scorpions

Label/s

Mercury, Vertigo

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