Billy Joel - Leningrad Lyrics

Billy Joel Storm Front 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 his 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
Torn 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.
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 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


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Billy Joel
    album: Track 7 in album Storm Front
    release date: 1989-10-4
    popularity : 132 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:04
    producer: Billy Joel and Mick Jones
    drums: Liberty DeVitto
    piano: Billy Joel
    lead vocals: Billy Joel
    mixer: Jay Healy
    engineer: Jay Healy
    guitars: David Brown
    background vocals: Hicksville High School Chorus and Chuck Arnold
    accordion: Dominic Cortese
    mastering: Ted Jensen
    synthesizer: Jeff Jacobs
    bass guitar: Schuyler Deale
    chorus master: Chuck Arnold
    keyboard programming: John Mahoney
    assistant engineer: Gary Solomon, Suzanne Hollander, David Dorn, Tim Crish, Joe Pirerra and Dana Becker
    choir vocals arranger: Bill Zampino
    orchestrator: Arif Mardin
    composer: Billy Joel
    lyricist: Billy Joel
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 074644436624
    script: Latin