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In Old Moscow, song lyrics

Song: In Old Moscow
Lyrics: Walter Gourlay(1)

Music: to the tune of "My Darling Clementine"
Year: 1940(1)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA

In old Moscow, in the Kremlin,
In the fall of thirty-nine,
Sat a Russian and a Prussian,
Writing out the party line.

Oh my darling, oh my darling,
Oh my darling party line.
Oh I never will desert you,
'Cause I love this life of mine.
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Leon Trotsky was a Nazi,(3)
Oh we knew it for a fact,
Pravda said it, we all read it,
Before the Stalin-Hitler Pact.(4)


Once a Nazi would be shot, see,
That was then the party line.
Now a Nazi's hotsy-totsy,
Trotsky's laying British mines.
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Now the Nazis and Der Fuehrer
Stand within the party line,
All the Russians love the Prussians,
Volga boatmen sail the Rhine.



1 - Walter Gourlay, used his Communist Party pseudonym Walter Cliff, according to American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.382-383

2 - The recording of this that is most familiar is the 1952 recording of this by Joe Glazer and Bill Friedland, from their album Ballads for Sectatians.

3 - In the Moscow Show Trails, Trotsky was accused in absentia of working with the Nazi regime to kill Stalin.

4 - Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact also known as the "Stalin-Hitler Pact" or the "Nazi-Soviet Pact".