Wind of Change

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Every nation has a history; a long journey that allows it and its people to grow up. Every history has its own bloody pages; ones that people want to erase the most from the memory. Hence every history has its own glory pages; ones that people will always cherish as a precious memory. Whether it’s bloody ones or glory ones, they’ve made people what they are now, and they will always be a reminder of what they were before and what they’ve been through; The Remembered and The Forgotten.

The world is closing in, 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.” –Scorpions, Wind Of Change

What would it be like when a history is written in a form of song? Scorpions’ classic megahit titled “Wind Of Change” is probably the best example of that. Released as a single on 1991, the power ballad song was written by Scorpions’ vocalist, Klaus Meine. In 1988, Scorpions became the first hard-rock band to play in Russia, and they returned to Moscow in 1989 to play at the Moscow Music Peace Festival. At this show, the band were inspired by the sight of thousands of Russians cheering them on even though they were a German band. In an interview, Meine said, “Everyone was there: the Red Army, journalists, musicians from Germany, from America, from Russia-the whole world on one boat. It was like a vision; everyone was talking the same language. It was a very positive vibe. That night was the basic inspiration for Wind Of Change.”
“Wind Of Change” is a kind of message soundtrack to the world’s most peaceful revolution on earth; that what was stated by Scorpions’ guitarist, Rudolf Schenker. As stated in Wikipedia, the lyrics celebrate glasnost in the USSR, the end of the Cold War, and also talk about hope when tense conditions arose due to the fall of Communist-run governments among Eastern Bloc nations beginning in 1989. “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 Moskva is the name of the river that runs through Moscow (both the city and the river are named identically in Russian), and Gorky Park is an amusement park in Moscow named after Maxim Gorky, a famous communist writer.
“Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night, where the children of tomorrow share their dreams with you and me. Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night, where the children of tomorrow dream away in the wind of change.” It’s a song about hope for a better and peaceful future; a brighter future for the children and next generation. In order for that to come true, a change is needed, a very big one; a revolution to end all wars and bring people together to build the world. “Walking down the street, distant memories are buried in the past forever.” The war is in the past already, let it be buried. Let’s face the future while holding hands; a future where all children can dream freely, far from war.
The “Wind Of Change” single has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. Even until now, it holds the record for the best-selling single by a German artist, and has become the signature song of Scorpions. Before being released as a single on 1991, it appeared on the band’s eleventh studio album titled “Crazy World”, which was released on 1990, yet it gained a worldwide attention in 1991. Back in 1990, on the band’s very own homeland, “Wind Of Change” became the unofficial anthem for the German Reunification; an event that politically lasted from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the official reunification on October 3rd 1990. This song is as old as I am, yet the feeling of peace and the spirit of freedom are never fading from it. Fascinating, isn’t it? How a song could depict a history in it. Indeed, “Wind Of Change” is a very special song, a one-of-a-kind; an everlasting hits, a masterpiece.

The wind of change blows straight into the face of time, like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell for peace of mind.” –Scorpions, Wind Of Change


“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, 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 in the wind of change

Walking down the street, distant memories are buried in the past forever
I follow the Moskva down to Gorky Park, listening to the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams with you and me
Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away in the wind of change

The wind of change blows straight into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell for peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing what my guitar wants to say”

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