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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2016, 11:31:14 pm »

I've posted up a recording of Mykola Lysenko's "Meni Odnakovo", a musical setting for tenor and orchestra of the poem of the same name, which means "It makes no difference to me", by Ukraine's greatest poet Taras Shevchenko.

It is a real cry from the heart, a howl of anguish and rage, at the state of his homeland Ukraine.  The sentiments expressed would not have been liked at all by the tsarist or communist regimes (and not by the current regime in the Kremlin one suspects). And in this performance the great Ivan Koslovsky, himself Ukrainian, gives it his all. It is beautiful and devastating.

It Makes No Difference To Me

It makes no difference to me,
If I shall live or not in Ukraine
Or whether any one shall think
Of me 'mid foreign snow and rain.
It makes no difference to me.

In slavery I grew 'mid strangers,
Unwept by any kin of mine;
In slavery I now will die
And vanish without any sign.
I shall not leave the slightest trace
Upon our glorious Ukraine,
Our land, but not as ours known.
No father will remind his son
Or say to him, "Repeat one prayer,
One prayer for him; for our Ukraine
They tortured him in their foul lair."

It makes no difference to me,
If that son says a prayer or not.
It makes great difference to me
That evil folk and wicked men
Attack our Ukraine, once so free,
And rob and plunder it at will.
That makes great difference to me.
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