2004: THE YEAR IN REVIEW

Orange anthem: 'Razom Nas Bahato'


Just hours after Viktor Yushchenko's supporters began their encampment in Kyiv, disc jockey Oleh Laniak wrote the lyrics and singer Roman Kalin and guitarist Roman Kostiuk the melody to a rap song that came to be known around the world as the anthem of the Orange Revolution.

Readers can find the lyrics to the song, "Razom Nas Bahato" online at http://www.orangeukraine.squarespace.com/journal/2004/11/29/razom-nas-bahato.html. (The Ukrainian lyrics and the English translation that appear below are adapted from that website.)

The song was even among the music discussed on National Public Radio during a segment titled "The Tradition of the Protest Song" that aired on January 2, 2005. According to NPR, "the instant hip-hop classic 'Razom Nas Bahato' has joined the ranks of historical songs of revolution." Among the site from which readers can download the song is the NPR website.

Chorus:

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Chorus:

Together we are many
We cannot be defeated.
Falsifications. No!
Machinations. No!
Prison rules. No!
No to lies!
Yushchenko, Yushchenko!
Our president.
Yes! Yes! Yes!

(Repeat chorus)

We aren't beasts of burden.
We aren't goats.
We are Ukraine's
sons and daughters.
It's now or never -
enough of waiting.
Together we are many.
Together we cannot be defeated!


Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, January 16, 2005, No. 2, Vol. LXXIII


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