O, field, my field (Polyushko-pole) (3:04)

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Polyushko Pole (Russian spelling: Полюшко Поле) is a Russian song. It is claimed that the song was originally written during the Russian Civil War and was sung by the Red Army.
For the Soviet variant of the song, the music was by Lev Knipper, with lyrics by Viktor Gusev. Knipper’s song was part of the symphony with chorus (lyrics by Gusev) “A Poem about a Komsomol Soldier” (Поэма о бойце-комсомольце) composed in 1934. It was covered many times by many artists in the Soviet Union, including a well-known rock version made from the “Singing Guitars” (Russian: Поющие гитáры), released c. 1967

Several Western arrangements of the tune are known under the title The Cossack Patrol, particularly a version by Ivan Rebroff, and some under other titles including Meadowland, Cavalry of the Steppes and Gone with the Wind. Tanz Brüderchen by Hyperactive, an authorised rave remix of Rebroff’s performance, is well-known in some online communities for its inclusion in the Flash cartoon at rathergood.com (See links below).
The tune is still popular, including ringtones and a dance track by the British electro duo, SilverSpirit. It was used to very dramatic effect in the 1967 film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. Michael Palin notably performed the song with the choir of the Russian Pacific Fleet in the television series Full Circle with Michael Palin [1]. The song can be heard in the background of the movie Cast Away and in an episode in Airwolf (“Proof Through The Night”); and is the opening title of Aki Kaurismäki’s film Leningrad Cowboys Go America.

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  • printjournalist

    I love the different adaptations of this popular Russian song.

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Pudzinski

    oops, sorry

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
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  • JahPetteri

    Male choir always sounds great, whether it is a military one or a civil one. Great singing! And, please, don't mention Leningrad Cowboys!

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • JahPetteri

    Magnificent.

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • pauperunet

    Вещь!!!!

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • kutyjkadysant

    Good track :)

    2 Sep 2008 Reply
  • yJURAy

    svrsh!

    27 Jun 2008 Reply