Pet Shop Boys – My October Symphony (2018 Remaster)

https://www.discogs.com/Pet-Shop-Boys-Behaviour/release/102472

So much confusion
when autumn comes around
What to do about October?
How to smile behind a frown?
It’s hard to settle down

It’s so bemusing
Will they cancel the parade?
We marched each October
Now they say we were never even saved
We must be very brave

Shall I rewrite or revise
my October symphony?
Or as an indication
change the dedication
from revolution to revelation?
So we’re all drinking
as leaves fall to the ground
because we’ve been thinking
how October’s let us down
then and now

Shall we remember
December instead?
Or worry about February?
Mourn our war-torn dead
never seeing red?
Shall I rewrite or revise
my October symphony?
Or as an indication
change the dedication
from revolution to revelation?

‘Neil adopts the role of a Russian composer who has dedicated his life and work to the ideals of the Revolution but now feels confused and betrayed in the wake of the collapse of communism. His “October Symphony” had been dedicated to Soviet Union’s October Revolution, but now he wistfully wonders whether he should “rewrite or revise” it, or “change the dedication from revolution to revelation.’The strings were performed by the Balenescu String Quartet; the coda was written, at the Boys’ request, “vaguely in the style of Shostakovich” by its leader, Alexander Balenescu.

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