Al Stewart - Roads To Moscow
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AL STEWART


Roads To Moscow Lyrics

They crossed over the border the hour before dawn
Moving in lines through the day
Most of our planes were destroyed on the ground where they lay
Waiting for orders we held in the wood - word from the front never came
By evening the sound of the gunfire was miles away
Ah, softly we move through the shadows, slip away through the trees
Crossing their lines in the mists in the fields on our hands and our knees
And all that I ever was able to see
The fire in the air glowing red silhouetting the smoke on the breeze
All summer they drove us back through the Ukraine
Smolyensk and Viyasma soon fell
By autumn we stood with our backs to the town of Orel
Closer and closer to Moscow they come - riding the wind like a bell
General Guderian stands at the crest of the hill
Winter brought with her the rains, oceans of mud filled the roads
Gluing the tracks of their tanks to the ground while the sky filled with snow
And all that I ever was able to see
The fire in the air glowing red silhouetting the snow on the breeze
In the footsteps of Napoleon the shadow figures stagger through the winter
Falling back before the gates of Moscow,
Standing in the wings like an avenger
And far away behind their lines the partisans are stirring in the forest
Coming unexpectedly upon their outposts, growing like a promise
You'll never know, you'll never know
Which way to turn, which way to look, you'll never see us
As we're stealing through the blackness of the night
You'll never know, you'll never hear us
And the evening sings in a voice of amber, the dawn is surely coming
The morning road leads to Stalingrad, and the sky is softly humming
Two broken Tigers on fire in the night flicker their souls to the wind
We wait in the lines for the final approach to begin
It's been almost four years that I've carried a gun
At home it'll almost be spring
The flames of the Tigers are lighting the road to Berlin
Ah, quickly we move through the ruins that bow to the ground
The old men and children they send out to face us, they can't slow us down
And all that I ever was able to see
The eyes of the city are opening now it's the end of the dream
I'm coming home, I'm coming home
Now you can taste it in the wind, the war is over
And I listen to the clicking of the train wheels as we roll across the border
And now they ask me of the time
That I was caught behind their lines and taken prisoner
"They only held me for a day, a lucky break", I say;
They turn and listen closer
I'll never know, I'll never know
Why I was taken from the line and all the others
To board a special train and journey deep into the heart of holy Russia
And it's cold and damp in the transit camp, and the air is still and sullen
And the pale sun of October whispers the snow will soon be coming
And I wonder when I'll be home again and the morning answers
"Never"
And the evening sighs and the steely Russian skies go on forever

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Songwriter(s): Alistair Ian Stewart
Copyright: Gwyneth Music Ltd.
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Meaning to "Roads To Moscow" (7 meanings)
howwy 10/29/12,21:21
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ive never been able to work out if its about a russian or german soldier-seems to hop from one to the other--one of those unknown fantastic songs most people have never heard
Joe Bar 07/14/12,19:31
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For the uninformed, the end stanza refers to repatriated Russian POWS. Stalin had them all purged as threats to the state, and sent them to Gulag. Most never returned.
Junior 11/18/11,21:19
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A beautiful piece of poetry. It's a shame that most people will never be able to appreciate or comprehend the story that this song tells. This song is as epic as the war that it describes.
2charjen 07/24/11,15:28
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As most of you said, the lyrics are beautiful and chilling , and paint quite a picture of the war in Russia. Now, add the music, and I charge you not to ,at least, tear up. This is one of the best..
Black Bike Mike 07/06/11,17:58
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I have seldom been so moved by song lyrics. And its a seldom taught history lesson from the Russian perspective. Absolutely beautiful. As a former Cold Warrior, I'm glad we never had to go there.
k-rod 09/05/09,22:34
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Never will there be a more evocative lyric about the intransigencies of war; as all seems to have remarkably been salvaged a misstep taken and all fades and erodes.
jay ess 07/16/11,23:58
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wow k-rod;yes a great song, poetic and dramatic, but Al Stewart's style is 'way too gay', seriously, I mean artistic but compared to a more masculine type which for 1 thing fits in with military genre
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