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Song Parodies -> "It's Fun To Be a Forest Brother"

Original Song Title:

"Metsavenna Elu Lõbus"

Original Performer:

Untsakad

Parody Song Title:

"It's Fun To Be a Forest Brother"

Parody Written by:

Susanna Viljanen

The Lyrics

The Forest Brethren (Estonian: Metsavennad were a patriotic, anti-Soviet guerrillas and partisans who fought against the Soviet occupators after the WWII when USSR had conquered the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). They made the life difficult for the Communists, and while their fight more or less dried up after the death of Stalin 1953, they were never really crushed until 1979, when the last Estonian Forest Brother was killed in action. Estonian folk punk band "Untsakad" (literally "Grateful Dead") has recorded several of the old songs of the era. Since Estonian and Finnish are close enough to be mutually intelligible, I took the liberty to translate the song into English. The original song, which is brisk and ironic, can be found here.

The last known Forest Brother was Latvian Jānis Pīnups, who came out of hiding only in 1995, having fought guerrilla war against the Communists for fifty years.
It's fun to be a Forest Brother
buddy, don't you know it yet?
live in forests, fight in bushes,
skeeters flying 'round your head
Holle-ree, holle-rah
holle-ree-a-hee-a-hee-a holle-row!

Bed in hammock, rigged on spruces
pillow bag of TNT
have a rifle as your girlfiend
and forget all sorrows, hee!
Holle-ree, holle-rah
holle-ree-a-hee-a-hee-a holle-row!

And the music for the dancing's
played by Soviet machine gun
while the notes may penetrate you
dodging them is half the fun!
Holle-ree, holle-rah
holle-ree-a-hee-a-hee-a holle-row!

Even if you die in combat
and you head to Heaven's ways
widow's veil is snow on ground and
tears are drops of autumn rains
Holle-ree, holle-rah
holle-ree-a-hee-a-hee-a holle-row!

It's fun to be a Forest Brother
buddy, have you tried it yet?
get a rifle, kill the Commies
it's more fun than I can bet!
Holle-ree, holle-rah
holle-ree-a-hee-a-hee-a holle-row!

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Rob Arndt - November 19, 2014 - Report this comment
555 Susanna... I knew immediately what you were talking about. By comparison the German Werwolfen ultimately failed by 1947 due to overwhelming occupation by forces both east and west. The Soviets had less incidents because they immediately formed citizen patrol forces armed with German weapons. German guerillas in the east were rare. The infamous DB anti-partisan murderers simply vanished into E Europe and Scandinavia because they were not uniformed and were only loosely attached to SS units. They went back to poaching and other crimes!
Patrick - November 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I pulled up the youtube video on one screen and your lyrics on another so I could sing along (in my head, this being a public library, and my singing voice not well thought of in any venue). Didn't know the anti-Soviet resistance held out for so long. 1979 would have been five years after the last Japanese soldier surrendered in the Philippines. A very jolly melody. Wiping out enemies of freedom should be fun.
Rob Arndt - November 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Just for the record, the Germans used these people to fight the Red Army and then disbanded and disarmed the bulk of them in Estonia, raising the Nazi flag. They were policed by the SS and some transferred to Finnish combat units or Waffen SS.

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