Duunii Klip: ‘1983-86’ by The Lemons

The Lemons are one of the first bands I heard here in Ulaanbaatar. Their brit pop sound immediately caught my ear. They told me The Strokes are one of their big influences and it doesn’t take long to hear it in their music.

As far as I can tell, ‘1983-86’ is their biggest hit – especially with the foreigners here. The tune is catchy and I find myself sporadically humming it as I wander the city. The words are also simple for non-native speakers to understand. The chorus (below), roughly translates into, “Hello my capital // I’m fine, how are you? // More and more colors are being added // to my Ulaanbaatar // Hello grey palace (government building) // Hello Sukhbaatar Square // More and more colors are being added // to my Ulaanbaatar”.

сайн сайн байна уу миний нийслэл
Cайн сайн байна уу та
Улам улам өнгө нэмсээр
энэ бол миний улаанбаатар
Cайн сайн байна уу сайн сайн байна уу Саарал ордон
Cайн сайн байна уу сайн сайн байна уу Сүхийн талбай
Улам улам өнгө нэмсээр
энэ бол миний улаанбаатар

I’m hoping to spend more time with The Lemons in the coming weeks, so look forward to more of their music here!