Alexander Lebed’s Name, NewsRevue Lyric, 27 August 1996

Was Alexander Lebed that big news in 1996? Clearly I thought so.

I really like this lyric.

ALEXANDER LEBED’S NAME
(To the Tune of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”)
CHORUS 1

Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Alexander Lyebed’s name;
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Why oh why his name has changed.

MIDDLE EIGHT

ITN still say “Lebed”,
On the Beeb they say “Lyebed”,
Sky News just has the Smurfs and octuplets instead;
This man’s a tough guy who can’t stand,
That Chechen land.

CHORUS 2

Come on along, come on along,
Watch him take the military;
Back to the land, back to the land,
Where the capital’s Grozny.

OUTRO

And if you want to read that War and Peace book,
In a blood bath;
Come on and see, come on and see,
Alexander Lyebed
(Betcha Yeltsin’s long dead)
Alexander Lyebed’s ta-a-ank (bom bom)
Yes, we said tank (bom).

Here’s a YouTube of Louis Armstrong singing Alexander’s Ragtime Band:

…and here’s a link to those Alexander lyrics too.

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