After introducing fans to “Russian Woman” through the live national final performance, Manizha has now released the final version she’ll be taking to Rotterdam. Russia’s Eurovision 2021 singer has not made any major artistic changes to the song, but there are a few changes to the lyrics.
Manizha dropped the studio version of “Russian Woman” today on digital platforms. The song largely keeps the same sound and structure that Manizha first performed at Russia’s national earlier in the month. But there is one key lyric change.
The main chorus lyric in English has been slightly altered. The line previously said, “Every Russian woman needs to know / You’re strong enough to bounce against the wall”. But now Manizha sings “Every Russian woman needs to know / You’re strong enough, you’re gonna break the wall”.
A later part in the song has been replaced with some English, with Manizha saying “Hey Russian woman / Don’t be afraid, girl / You’re strong enough.” But the song lyrics mostly remain in Russian, with a message of strength and empowerment for Russian (and Russian-speaking) women.
“Russian Woman” reportedly investigated for potential “illegal statements”
Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that the Investigative Committee of Russia has looked into the lyrics of “Russian Woman” for so-called “illegal statements”. This follows a request from public figures who found the lyrics of Manizha’s song objectionable.
Following Manizha’s win at Russia’s national final, her song was criticised by State Duma (lower house of the Federal Assembly) deputies for “anti-Russian” values.
The Investigative Committee also received a complaint from the veterans’ newspaper Veteranskiye Vesti who considered that Manizha’s performance “offended the dignity of Russian women and violated national harmony”.
However, a source confirmed to RIA Novosti that no “illegal statements” have been found in the song.
Despite the objections some have to Manizha’s song, the Tajikistan-born star isn’t letting the criticism get to her. She recently released a hilarious video parodying the criticism. The video featured a scientific examination of Manizha, which discovered she wasn’t Russian — she was made of salt!
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