A music festival in Moscow that features Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Scorpions, Ozzy, Skid Row and few other acts.
Then came the Scorpions, “Wind Of Change” and its lyrics about being like brothers and following the Moskva River to Gorky Park.
Plus it’s the only song on the album written by Klaus Meine.
Where the Scorpions influenced or paid or instructed by the CIA to write this song?
Because we all know, the US and the USSR tried to outdo each other with their nuclear arsenal. When that failed, the US via the CIA tried to do what the USSR did in Eastern Europe.
Create dictatorship governments in Latin America loyal to the US. But that went all downhill as those Governments really liked to murder its own people.
But the biggest threat to the US was still USSR and Communism.
So they created a Congress For Cultural Freedom office, which was set up in 35 countries, including Eastern Bloc countries. The Office was run by the CIA and they used music as its centrepiece, to put on concerts and promote anti-communist behaviour via placing the records of banned artists secretly in the hands of citizens.
So I had a look at the “Crazy World” album from Scorpions and its lyrical references. There is no doubt that the more social conscience lyrics in “Winds Of Change” are a departure from their “rock you like a hurricane” and “rhythm of love” lyrics from their albums before. It’s not like the Scorpions didn’t write these kind of lyrics before. The Uli Jon Roth era had some songs that dealt with society and social issues.
Anyway I thought I would go through the “Crazy World” album lyrics.
So the album kicks off with “Tease Me, Please Me” and it’s about going around the world and loving lots of girls. Basically a song about groupies. “Don’t Believe Her” is about a woman who is a tease and who knows the game of breaking hearts.
“To Be With You In Heaven” is about a woman who will treat you like crap, but her loving is so good, that Klaus would walk through the darkest hell to be with her in heaven. “Restless Nights” talks about making love in Paris and London and rocking hard in Dallas and Rio. Basically the song is about touring and the “sexcess” that comes with it.
“Lust Or Love” is easily predictable based on the title. “Kicks After Six” is about a woman who works nine to five and is a slave to the suit and tie, seven days a week, but each night, this good girl gets her kicks after six and becomes a bad girl who wants it bad.
“Hit Between The Eyes” is a dumb song about feeling tension on the street, getting closer to some invisible heat and that if someone wants to cut you down to size, you can never argue with a 45. Maybe it was their attempt at a social issue around gun control, but then the chorus comes in and it makes no sense whatsoever. Like he is ready for the hit between the eyes, but he wants someone to get him out alive because he is too young to die.
“Money And Fame” is about a woman who just wants money and fame and how she is using Klaus as a stepping stone to something greater. “Send Me An Angel” is about a wise man who is giving advice and to be honest it’s pretty dumb lyrically.
So all the songs listed have lyrics which are pretty standard and about relationships.
Keith Olsen said when he was hired to produce the album, he found the lyrics really dumb and he asked for outside writers like Jim Vallance to come and work with them and tighten em up. But the overall message was still dumb.
And then you have “Winds Of Change”.
With music and lyrics written solely by Klaus Meine.
Songfacts and all of those other websites say that Klaus Meine was inspired by the band’s first visit to the USSR in 1989 for the Music Peace Festival.
Manager Doc McGhee said that Klaus was whistling the melody and he had the basis of the song written in Russia. But look at the lyrics.
Was Klaus capable of writing lyrics like these on his own or did someone else (a CIA ghost writer or speech writer) use Klaus’s melodies and write them for him?
You produced The Scorpions Crazy World album, tell us about the recording sessions for that album?
I really liked working with all of them as they were really cool people. Herman Rarebell [drummer] was the guy who spoke the best English, because he had lived in the UK for a while, so he was really good bilingual. So Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias and Francis had a very limited vocabulary in English. So they had a lot of the lyrics always had tease’, please’, me’ very simplified lyric which made us bring in some very good lyric writers to help write.
Keith Olsen in an interview at Ultimate Guitar
And when I look at the lyrics below, it sure feels like the words came from someone else.
I follow the Moskva down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night, soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change
The world is closing in
Did you ever think that we could be so close, like brothers
The futures in the air
I can feel it everywhere, blowing with the wind of change
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change
The wind of change blows straight into the face of time
Like a storm wind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say
Everyone went to a dictionary to see what a balalaika is.
Regardless if conspiracy or truth, or if they became celebrity James Bond’s, rockers and rock music, changed the world.
14 thoughts on “Winds Of Change”
Ha! I love Hit Between The Eyes. lol
Jabs is wicked on that track. Crazy World the title track is cool as well. All in all a decent record. I need to get that one on vinyl at some point.
A buddy of mine once said “I don’t need the Scorpions to tell me that the Berlin wall was a bad thing.”
The whole CIA thing — I don’t know what to think. I’m going to remain a sceptic, that’s usually my default position. Not saying it’s impossible, but if it happened, nobody in the Scorpions camp knew they were working for the CIA. It would have been somebody helping with lyrics that was undercover. It’s the only plausible scenario.
Also, I admit that I did run to a dictionary to see what a balalaika was. Encyclopedia rather.
Not my favourite Scorpions era, and there were too many ballads on the radio in the summer of 91, with this one being one of the poorer ones.
I didn’t mind the Crazy World album musically. Some good riffs and acoustic fingerpicking stuff. You gotta admit but, based on the lyrics of the other songs, WoC is very grown up.. lol
You mean in comparison to “She gets her kicks after six”? lol
And Tease Me Please Me
Oooft, yeah, that one!
I truly like the CIA position. It brings new life to that album now…okay, that song. I think what I love about the Scorpions are those inane lyrics. I can just put it on and not care what they are saying and just enjoy the sound. Sometimes, that is all I need, no to think…which some would say might come easy to me.
I like the sleazy Scorpion’s. Was never really a fan of this ballad compared to some of their other ones, but I never turned it down or skipped it when it came on either.
One thing I did notice when I travelled to Europe and some of the former Eastern Bloc countries is how much this song is played.
Plus I don’t mind a good rock and roll conspiracy
Yes, sleazy Sleazy scorpions is the best.
Did you ever hear the Humanity album? Not sleazy, but dang what a great album. One of my favorite Scorp albums. Desmond Child played a huge part in it, but it is a very different Scorps record.
I agree with you on the Humanity album. It was modern but still hard rock at the heart of it with arena rock Choruses. Like seriously, how good is the game of life..
Desmond Child brought the goods and the concept story.
Game of Life is one of the best of that thing. the whole thing rejuvenated my love for the Scorps at the time.
I just had to listen to it so I cranked it on Spotify. Man it’s such a good album. We Will Rise Again, The Cross (what a riff) and Humanity. I can’t believe I forgot those tunes
The Cross might be my favorite. Now I want to hear it, look what you started!
Do it.. you know you want to. Lol