Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Tetris lyrics

A number of people have requested the lyrics for A Complete History of the Soviet Union As Told By A Humble Worker, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris. Here they are:

To Moscow I came seeking fortune
But they’re making me work til I’m dead
The bourgeoisie have it so easy
The Tsar’s putting gold on his bread
The people of Moscow are hungry
But think what a feast there could be
If we could create a socialist state
That cared for the people like me:

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That descend upon me from up above.
They come down and I spin them around
Til they fit in the ground like hand in glove.
Sometimes it seems that to move blocks is fine
And the lines will be formed as they fall -
Then I see that I have misjudged it!
I should not have nudged it after all.
Can I have a long one please?
Why must these infernal blocks tease?

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That continue to fall from up above.
Come Muscovite! Let the workers unite!
A collective regime of peace and love.
I work so hard in arranging the blocks
But the landlord and taxman bleed me dry
But the workers will rise! We will not compromise
For we know that the old regime must die.
Long live Lenin, kill the tsar!
We salute the sickle and star!

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That continue to fall from up above.
The food on your plate now belongs to the state
A collective regime of peace and love.
I have no choice in arranging the blocks
Under Bolshevik rule, what they say goes.
The rule of the game is we all are the same
And my blocks must create unbroken rows.
Long live Stalin! He loves you!
Sing these words, or you know what he’ll do...

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That are made by the men in Kazakhstan.
They come two weeks late and they don’t tessellate
But we’re working to Stalin’s five year plan.
I am the man who arranges the tanks
That will make all the Nazis keep away
The Fuhrer is dead, and Europe is Red!
Let us point all our guns at the USA.
We shall live forever more!
We can start a nuclear war!

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That are building a highly secret base.
Hip hip hurrah for the USSR!
We are sending our men to outer space.
I work so hard in arranging the blocks
But each night I go home to my wife in tears -
What’s the point of it all, when you’re building a wall
And in front of your eyes it disappears?
Pointless work for pointless pay
This is one game I shall not play.

I am the man who arranges the blocks!
But tomorrow I think I’ll stay in bed.
The winter is cold, I’ve got plenty of gold
And I’m standing in line for a loaf of bread
Maybe we’d be better off
If we brought down Gorbachev

I am the man who arranges the blocks
That continue to fall from up above.
The markets are free! So much money for me!
Tell me, why should I care for peace and love?
The markets are free! So much money for me!
Tell me, why should I care for peace and love?
Peace and love, peace and love!

And now the wall is down, the Marxists frown
There’s foreign shops all over town
When in Red Square, well don’t despair
There’s Levi’s and McDonald’s there
The US gave us crystal meth
And Yeltsin drank himself to death
But now that Putin’s put the boot in,
Who’ll get in our way?

So we reject free enterprise
And once again the left will rise.
Prepare the flags to be unfurled
For we’re seceding from the world:
We shall regain the Georgian soil
We shall obtain the Arctic oil
We shall arrange the blocks and toil
Forever and a day.

Game over.


OtherOne said...

It's amazing!

erk said...

please, could you tell me in hwat song you based yourself on the end part? im breaking my head because i tihkn i have listened that rythm in another part....

Shinta said...

@erk- That's the song that plays during the "game over" screen.

mondane said...

I love you!

Anonymous said...

Bravo from Russia!

Anonymous said...

you were dooing great on pointing out how stalin messed it up but refering to putin beeing left is just sad.
as he's a right winged dictating bastard. who can say he is one without having to fear any other nation

Ingrid said...

amazing, just amazing

Chris said...

Ignore the occasional twatish comments, mate, you're doing great! Keep working the music gent's, I look forward to part of my next paycheck going towards a cd!

Anonymous said...

i think throughout the song, the people arrange blocks that fall from above (obey the commands of the elite: tsar,lenin,stalin,markets) ,the final message is for building true socialism from bottom-up with peace and love, and arrange the blocks ourselves

fergusmack1 said...

I've just finished listening to your cd, for what?... the fifth time? And I still can't get the words for Churchill/Hitler's favourite songs! Are you planning on putting any of the other song's lyrics up?

Dan Woods said...

Hi fergusmack1, glad you enjoyed the album. I'm thinking of revamping the website in September so I'll see if I can put some more lyrics up then.

M.Brayfield said...

Hello for Texas, USA. I fell in love with this song and just bought the album. It's fantastic, even if I shouldn't be humming my darling at work.

Cody said...

this is like, the best thing i've seen this decade. seriously.

it would maybe be the best thing in my life if someone arranged some tabs.. but whatever.

just perfect.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Anonymous said...

The kids walk around the house singing it now! What have you done? They also sing about the cheeseburger. Not going to let them hear Midwife or that sheep song though!
The end song is the high score music, not the game over music too.
Love it!!!

russo14 said...

I didn't think it could get any better than Tetris. Then I saw this video. Epic. Great job, guys!!!

-Michigan, USA

Anonymous said...

Amazing work !

I'm french and I really love you songs. Your clip of Tetris is pretty well realize (the song too, of course :p) and it's been a pleasure to watch.

Keep going on this way, and thank you !

(and I apologize if my english isn't very good)

Amazing said...


You guys did some spectacular work!!!

Even the history part is perfectly told!

One of the coolest thing I've ever heard;
since a week i listen it at least 3 times a day!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi,I'm an american, and at the college where i'm going, literally EVERYONE's heard this song. Rappers blast it from their cars.....

Good job.

Suzanne. said...

The original tune is much older than Tetris!! Older than the Soviet Union, even, back to Czarist Russia. It's called Karobushka (The Peddlers), and you can see & hear it played on traditional Russian instruments in traditional Russian costumes, by the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra (which I play with) here:

Somebody asked for tablature - I don't have that, but I can give you sheet music -

Michael said...

I cant stop listening to music of this genius :3

Паша said...

Было бы смешно,если бы не было так грустно от того что это правда

VZ said...

Паша, +1
But still that's an awesome song and video xD
Keep up the good work!

john said...

I´ll try to describe in few words what i ve seen in your music.The rhythm follow the story,started smooth and the melody turns more frenetic along the music accord the story flows.I think i see some scenes in Dr Strangelove that u used in your video,mainly one you jump from a warhead,pretty good.

The game over music is from russian anthem?
From Bananal.

Anonymous said...

Не знаю, за что там Паше грустно, но меня вот всё устраивает. В любом случае клип отличный, нравится. Молодцы.

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john said...

The Stalin's socialism,thx god,ended a long time ago,what really happened with Russia along these recent liberalization ,who thinks the free market economy helped Russia?
In the game over,it was suggested a new arrange in blocks,what's mean?
The true socialism ,like the utopic socialism?Or a reworded Stalinist socialism?

Anonymous said...

awesomeness at its greatest

Anonymous said...

my head exploded from the awesome

Anonymous said...

I told my history teacher about this. Hopefully she'll schow it to our class. Great way to remember what happened. Good job, I can't wait to buy the song! ^_^

Anonymous said...

chords anyone?

college girl said...

me and my friends are all addicted to this song, my dad even thinks its kina catchy, but seriously my friends and I will do duets to this song and we sing it all the time! I love your music!!!!

-Texas USA

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Anonymous said...

this is an insanely awesome song

Some russian girl said...

My respect to you guys! It's the first time, that I see the people from abroad, who could catch all that comiс and drama of Russia's history. That's really awesome! Thank you!
And the main hero really has something russian in his appearance=)

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A for Asian said...

One of the best songs I've heard ever... :D

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eli b. said...

This was amazing. I especially liked the visual references to the beginning of Moulin Rogue (at the beginning) and Dr Strangelove ('We can start a nuclear war'), as well as the coda-grab ('Game Over') of 'Piggies' from 'The White Album'. You guys rule!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, I love tetris and this song kinda inspired me to look into Russian history, it's quite interesting. Awesome song!

Andrés said...

I have no words, it's almost perfect!

Congratulations from Spain :D

Gonzalo Alonso said...

i think it has a very good lyric, but russian its a very hard language to learn. anyway i loved the song and i love russia
greetings from argentina (falklands are ours!)

Obsessed with this song said...

My friends and I walk around school singing this! I have almost the whole thing memorized from hearing it so much and I love it!!! Thanks for giving me a history of the Soviet Union. It actually has come in handy in history class! Great job!

Daniel W said...

First heard this song on Mitch Benn's Comedy Podcast and I'm hooked on this song, I listen to it at least once/twice a day because it's stuck in my head, and now I've seen your YouTube video it just increases my love for this song.

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These are all great comments here. Very cool article.

Siouxie said...

I love this song. I have a part time job at a company (I don't want to say which) where I load trucks with boxes. I've modified your lyrics to be about my work, and I sing it while I load. Gets me through the night haha.

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A.I. said...

Would You be surprised to know that there are Brazilians like me who loved the your songs? o/

Berry said...

I added a crude translation into german here:

Mikmo said...

The song is great. The irony here is that the original Tetris theme was based off of a Russian folk song of some sort.

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ericroe51 said...

The use of Tetris is really appropriate. Tetris speaks to something deep in human nature and is a total product of the Soviet Union, this article explains why Tetris couldn't have been made anywhere else:

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Fergus Carr said...

It would be spiffing to have a copy of tetris with this version of the song.

Anonymous said...

Stupid worker, it was better with the Tsar ruling. :D

Alex said...

Good song...memorised every lyric lol...

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Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice what looks like a playboy bunny? Its right next to the picture of Resputen in the first thirty seconds or so

Anonymous said...

I am using this for my audition! You guys are the best! Keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Those who don't learn from history are condemned to repeat it. There should be more videos like this, teaching history with more than just dates and names.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, this is a great song and tells history great. Keep it up!

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Anonymous said...

Pretty sure it's "Come Moscow, fight!" and not "Come Muscovite!." It may also be "Come Muscovites!" as muscovite refers to a citizen of Moscow.

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Anonymous said...

@Anon I'm pretty sure they wrote the song, they know how it goes...

Anonymous said...

this song haunts me, but is a creepy yet good way.

MN said...

I know this is an old post, but I've always wondered why the singer went to Moscow when St. Petersburg was the capital.

Anonymous said...

No, you got it all wrong...
It's obvious that I am the man who arranges the blocks, not you.

In Soviet Russia, Satan sells his soul to YOU!

Anonymous said...


SovietMan said...


TheOrangehusky9 said...

Whoever wrote this song is a genius.
It is one thing to write a song and make music for it but completely different to write a song for music that already exists.

Eduardo Ramos said...

This is absolutely genious!

The Shepherd said...

One of my friends is a huge history nerd, so I showed him this song. I think he's in love with me now.

Overall, great job! This song gets stuck in my head daily now.


Anonymous said...

Awesome song! It is down-putting to the USA, however. I understand that it's history, but it is a bit insulting. But overall, I love it. It's super catchy.