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Vacation opportunities in post Chernobyl accident Ukraine

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Ghost Towns in Russia
© Jim Ocean

I thought that I might find a place
To hide out from the human race
Before people like you
Drive me insane

So naturally I headed west
Til I met a man from Budapest
Who said, “Wait we’ve got a deal
In the Ukraine!”

He said there’s wide open spaces
Where you can feel all alone
Roam around some villages
Where no one is at home

And for very little money
You could ride out there tomorrow
Like a yankee Taras Bulba
I did go

Ghost towns in Russia
Where the air will make you sterile
Ghost towns in Russia
They’ll bring you vodka by the barrel
You may never go home anymore

Before you can say Gorbachev
They drove me here
And dropped me off
My driver didn’t say much on the way

I guess they don’t like Yankees here
The worry on his face was clear
Cause he pushed me out the door
And drove away

And there I sat with my potatoes
In the middle of the street
Listening to the wind blow
And the flies buzz in the heat
From the point of view of solitude
I guess it’s not so bad
You’ll find me sitting there
Just soaking up the rads

Ghost towns in Russia
Where the dust is always blowin’
Ghost towns in Russia
You’ll see the summer sunsets glowin’
Ghost towns in Russia
You may never go home anymore
You may never go home anymore

Hey!

Someone get me outta here
This is such a strange vacation
Strange
Someone get me outta here
This holiday has gone astray
I may be a mutation

Well my time is up
I’ve had no rest
I need to go back to the west
I’m tired, radiated and alone

My sunflower seeds are almost gone
Winter, it is coming on
My parka and my gloves
Are back at home

At night I dream the Cossack cavalry
Is coming by to rescue me
Won’t someone call the embassy
My visa has run out, you see

And there’s so many stories
That I could tell you all about
Like how every day more of my hair
Keeps falling out

Ghost towns in Russia
Where the air will make you sterile
Ghost towns in Russia
They’ll bring you vodka by the barrel
Ghost towns in Russia
You may never go home anymore
You may never go home anymore