In Spring of 1940 Nikolai Bukin, author of the ‘Farewell, Rocky Mountains’ song, was drafted for military service and assigned to serve in the Navy. He was sent to
Almost fully surrounded by water, that tiny piece of land was bravely defended by the Red Army soldiers and sailors. Rybachy Peninsula was the only border post that wasn’t captured along the 4500 kilometres western border of the Soviet Union. Four years in a row the Nazis tried to reach the city of Murmansk, but failed as they couldn’t take the peninsula over. Hence, sailors labelled it the granite battleship.
In 1942 Bukin came up with the following lines
I know, I won’t survive without the sea,
As the sea will be dead without me.
Kochetov composed the music, thus the poem became a song. The Politburo of the Navy recommended the
Later Evgeniy Zharkovskiy, prominent Soviet composer, wrote another version of music to turn Bukin’s lyrics into a song.
Sources: «Советская музыка» (Soviet Music), «Военный альбом» (Military Álbum), «Победа.екатеринбург.рф» websites.