Top Ten Things About "Rasputin" By Boney M
y paternal grandfather, rest his soul, only liked old jazz and big band music, with one shining exception: "Rasputin". We have no idea why. - Ian Mathers.
1) It’s a disco song. About Rasputin. And that’s it.
2) And now, some balalaikas
3) How you like bass?
4) Yes, it’s the double disco handclaps
5) “But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear”
Most people look at him
With terror and with fear
But to Moscow chicks
He was such a lovely dear
6) It’s a little thing I like to call ‘vocal interplay’
7) “And he really came”
Then one night some men of higher standingRhyming’s a bitch, isn’t it?
Set a trap, they’re not to blame
Come and visit us, they kept demanding
And he really came
8) Once more for the ra-ra’s
9) “Hi, I’m Ed Winchester”
10) “Oh, those Russians…”
Eventually, though, it comes to an end. There is a suspicion that the songwriters might have forgotten about that until it was a bit late:
Ra ra RasputinAnd, er, that’s it.
Lover of the Russian queen
They wouldn’t quit, they wanted his head
Ra ra Rasputin
Russia’s greatest love machine
And so they shot him till he was dead
Except, of course, for the postscript, the one thing above all others that people tend to remember “Rasputin” for: “Oh, those Russians…”