Album version here. Live:
Falling much more on the “punk side” of the gypsy-punk continuum, “Zina-Marina” is a harrowing song about human trafficking. The title is the name of two women – each verse lists a number of other names – and the chorus, which starts with “So, do you want to be a model, yeah,” is the kind of sale pitch that Ukrainian slavers use to attract unsuspecting young women.
In all seriousness, this is a major problem in our country and around the world. Most women lured into slavery are part of the sex trade. That link suggests that a woman can be bought for $10,000, but you can make your money back in a week if she’s young and pretty. Repulsive and a thing that naturally encourages criminals to exploit women.
Anyhow, this is a terrific song despite its subject matter – and is in the best tradition of punk rock bringing attention to social problems.