Song of the Day #3,046: ‘Back in the USSR’ – The Beatles

whitealbumHere’s an appropriate Random iTunes Weekend selection, given all the talk about Russia in this year’s election.

Ah, for a simpler time when Paul McCartney got into hot water because some people interpreted his “you don’t know how lucky you are” line as pro-Soviet.

There’s a lot going on in this throwaway White Album track, from the Beach Boys homage in the bridge (apparently suggested by Mike Love himself) to the lyrical play on Chuck Berry’s ‘Back in the USA’ and Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind.’

One of the great things about The Beatles is that every one of their songs, no matter how silly, is worthy of dissection.

[Verse 1]
Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC
Didn’t get to bed last night
On the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man I had a dreadful flight
[Hook]
I’m back in the U.S.S.R
You don’t know how lucky you are boy
Back in the U.S.S.R

[Verse 2]
Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee it’s good to be back home
Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone

[Hook]
I’m back in the U.S.S.R
You don’t know how lucky you are boy
Back in the U.S
Back in the U.S
Back in the U.S.S.R

[Chorus]
Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the West behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
That Georgia’s always on my mind

[Hook]
I’m back in the U.S.S.R
You don’t know how lucky you are boys
Back in the U.S.S.R

[Chorus]
Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the West behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
That Georgia’s always on my mind

[Verse 3]
Show me round your snow-peaked mountains way down south
Take me to your daddy’s farm
Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out
Come and keep your comrade warm

[Hook]
I’m back in the U.S.S.R
You don’t know how lucky you are boys
Back in the U.S.S.R

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,046: ‘Back in the USSR’ – The Beatles

  1. Dana says:

    I had always wondered what BOAC meant. For those like me who didn’t know, it was British Overseas Airways Corporation, which today is known as British Airways.

  2. Clay says:

    I once read an analysis that said it meant he had BO and was sitting in AC. That must have been pre-Google, because it certainly isn’t hard to find the real meaning now!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s