Leningrad Lyrics

Billy Joel


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Billy Joel
album: Track 7 in album Storm Front
release date: 1989-10-4
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
length: 4:05
chorus master: Chuck Arnold
assistant engineer: Dana Becker, Joe Pirerra, Tim Crish, David Dorn, Suzanne Hollander, Gary Solomon
engineer: Jay Healy
accordion: Dominic Cortese
piano: Billy Joel
drums: Liberty DeVitto
guitars: David Brown
bass guitar: Schuyler Deale
synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
mastering: Ted Jensen
mix: Jay Healy
producer: Mick Jones, Billy Joel
keyboard: John Mahoney
background vocals: Hicksville High School Chorus, Chuck Arnold
lead vocals: Billy Joel
choir vocals: Bill Zampino

Cover Art


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Victor was born
The spring of '44
And never saw
His father anymore
The child of sacrifice
Child of war
Another son who never had
A father after Leningrad.

Went off to school
And learned to serve the state
Follow the rules
And drank his vodka straight
The only way to live
Was drown the hate
The Russian life was very sad
And such was life in Leningrad

I was born in '49
A cold war kid in the McCarthy times
Stop 'em at the 38th parallel
Blast those yellow reds to hell
Cold war kids were hard to kill
Under their desks in an air raid drill
Haven't they heard we won the war
What do they keep on fighting for?

Victor was sent
To some red army town
Served out his time
Become a circus clown
The greatest happiness
He'd ever found
Was making Russian children glad
When children lived in Leningrad.

The children lived in Levittown
Hid in the shelters underground
Til the Soviets turned their ships around
Tore the Cuban missiles down
And in that bright October sun
We knew our childhood days were done
I watched my friends go off to war
What do they keep on fighting for?

So my child and I came to this place
To meet him , eye to eye and face to face
He made my daughter laugh
Then we embraced
We never knew what friends we had
Until we came to Leningrad.

Thanks to Phil Collins for the correction

Track Listing

  • 1 That's Not Her Style
  • 2 We Didn't Start the Fire
  • 3 The Downeaster "Alexa"
  • 4 I Go to Extremes
  • 5 Shameless
  • 6 Storm Front
  • 7 Leningrad
  • 8 State of Grace
  • 9 When in Rome
  • 10 And So It Goes