Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine recently spoke to the German newspaper Die Zeit about their song ‘Wind of Change’ and revealed the reason the band now made a change in its lyrics.
One of the Scorpions’ most recognized classic hits is ‘Wind of Change.’ The power ballad is written as a symbolic anthem reflecting the political changes in Eastern Europe in the late ’80s and early ’90s and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A best-selling single with over 14 million copies, ‘Wind of Change’ was written by Klaus Meine and recorded for Scorpions’ eleventh studio album ‘Crazy World.’ Meine wrote the lyrics after visiting the Soviet Union at the height of perestroika, the political reform movement.
At that time, the Cold War was ending, and music was one of the factors that unified people. The lyrics of ‘Wind of Change’ celebrate the end of the Cold War, and the opening lines refer to Moscow’s landmarks, The Moskva and Gorky Park. Moreover, the song also references a Russian instrument named the balalaika.
Speaking to Die Zeit for an interview, Klaus Meine revealed that Scorpions decided to change ‘Wind of Change’s lyrics. According to Meine, it isn’t right to romanticize Russia while they have been bombing Ukraine relentlessly for an unholy war.
Klaus Meine told Die Zeit the following:
“To sing ‘Wind of Change’ as we have always sung it, that’s not something I could imagine any more. It simply isn’t right to romanticize Russia with lyrics like: ‘I follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park’ and ‘Let your balalaika sing.'”
Now, Scorpions changed the lyrics of their most famous song throughout their US and European tour. The band altered the parts that glorify Russia, and the new lines appeared on a screen during shows.