Scorpions Change “Wind Of Change” Lyrics To Honor Ukraine

During their recent live shows, Scorpions have been performing “Wind Of Change” with altered lyrics to pay tribute to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. The updated track begins with the phrase: “Now listen to my heart / It says Ukraine, waiting for the wind to change.”

Klaus Meine told “Loudwire Nights” the following about updating the classic “peace anthem”:

“Before we came [to Las Vegas to begin the residency], I was thinking about how it feels to play ‘Wind Of Change’ the way we used to play for so many years, and I thought, it’s not the time with this terrible war in Ukraine raging on, it’s not the time to romanticize Russia with lyrics like, ‘Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park,’ you know?. I wanted to make a statement in order to support Ukraine, and so the song starts now with, ‘Now listen to my heart / It says Ukraine, waiting for the wind to change.'”

He also added:

“I mean there are many more, yes, but if I have to pin it down to one single song, this song is just so special in the history of the band because of the meaning, because of the background. When I wrote that song, I was so very much inspired by what we saw back then in the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, the coming down of the Berlin Wall — it was a moment where all of us, and the whole world, we were looking into a peaceful future where it was about joining together instead of being separated by wars and those differences.

We grew up in the shadow of the Berlin Wall all those years when we were kids, and this was such an amazing moment in our lifetime that changed the whole world. It was like, ‘Now we join together and we leave the past behind.’ We had so many amazing moments, so many emotional moments we shared with our fans in Russia, but this is about the regime and there’s a lot of people in Russia that just don’t know the truth. That’s just a fact, and it’s so sad to see what’s going on and so many people are dying every other day. It breaks your heart, it’s really sad.”

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