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Joseph Brodsky was a Russian poet, author and dissident who was persecuted and imprisoned in the Soviet Union, but lauded in the West as one of Russia’s great poets and visionaries. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1970 and settled in the USA, where he lived until his death in 1996, with help from prominent figures from the arts such as W. H. Auden. He wrote a poem in response to the Bosnian Civil War, and in 1994 Morten Harket used it as the lyrics for this song which he wrote and recorded, calling it Time Will Pronounce (also known as Bosnia Tune or Brodsky Tune). The high pitched chorus is a representation of the screams of anguish of the wives and mothers of the young men slaughtered in that war. The first video is a live performance preceded by an explanatory interview, and the second one is the recorded version with Brodsky’s powerful words as a print over.

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