Czech Singer-songwriter icon Karel Kryl was author of many protest songs in which he attacked the absurdity of the Communist regime after the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia. His first album was recorded at home and included songs such as The Angel and Morituri te Salutant. After being forced into exile his later albums were smuggled into his homeland, creating a nationwide underground following. His songs were a vital inspiration for the movement that triggered the Velvet Revolution that ended Communism in Czechoslovakia.
Little Brother, close the gate, will you?
Little brother, don’t you cry
Those aren’t ghosts you fear
We’ve both learned to realize
They’re just soldiers marching here
They came in their full-metal
Rumbling green circus vans
With a stream of tears in our eyes
We keep close to one another
Walk closely by my side
I fear for you little brother
On this plundered old road
We’ll stumble upon this cursed land
The rain and the darkness cloaked the land
This night will be long hard and cruel
The wolf took a craving for a little lamb
Brother please, close the gate will you?
Little brother don’t you cry
Don’t waist your tears on them
Bury it deep inside
Save all the strength you can
Please don’t condemn me
If we don’t make it alive
I’ll teach you another song
It isn’t so hard to learn
Little brother come along
This road offers no return
We have to keep going
There’s nothing for us left behind
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