Punk Prayer

by Moddi

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In 2012, Pussy Riot stormed a Moscow cathedral to perform the song Punk Prayer. In the song, they spoke about the close ties between Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox church. Patriarch Kirill had openly supported Putin's election, calling him "a miracle from God". Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for performing the song.


Prayers crawl towards the cross,
golden marks upon their frocks.
Freedom’s ghost has left these lands.
Help us if you can!

KGB have turned to saints.
Gay parades sent off in chains.
Blessed limousines congest the streets
to hail their saint-in-chief.

Holy Mary, drive Putin away.
Drive away this darkness from your halls.
Drive away the ungodly souls.
Our Lady tear the eagle off your walls.

Father Gundyayev pays back
from his bag of holy crap:
‘Woman, keep quiet and love your man
your fate and fatherland!’

Holy Mary, be a feminist.
Pray not for the mighty but the meek.
Drive away the lies that they speak.
Our lady, hear our prayer unto thee.

Gundy never cared for God.
All that dickhead wants is power.
Mary, your belt should bring us hope
now it’s used as rope.

Damn their lies, deliver us!
Pry the copper from the cross!
Mary, our hands are tied in prayer.
Help us if you’re there!

Holy Mary, drive Putin away.
Drive away this darkness from your halls.


released April 29, 2016



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Moddi Norway

Songwriter and storyteller from the North. I believe in a better world and that music can help us get there.

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