Meaning of “Тоска (Toska)” by Molchat Doma

Molchat Doma is a post-punk outfit from Belarus that has been around since 2017. Since then, they have dropped several studio albums, the most successful out of the lot being “Monument”, in that it charted stateside. And for the record, this act consists of frontman Egor Shkutko backed by multi-instrumentalists Roman Komogortsev and Pavel Kozlov.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Molchat Doma's Toska at Lyrics.org.

As for “Toska”, it came out on 7 September 2018 as part of the playlist of “Etazhi”, with the writing and production of the song being credited to the entire band.

The Lyrics of “Тоска (Toska)”

It seems that “Toska” or “Tosca” is in fact a female name in some parts of Europe. But in Russian, it is also a word that translates to melancholia, and the subtitle of this song in its original language is “Melancholy”. But all lyrics considered, the vocalist comes off as being angry, not sad per se.

So what we are met with here obviously is the singer addressing his ex. Theoretically, it may be that he and the addressee were in some different type of relationship, albeit a very close one where for instance they lived together. But logically speaking, this would be a former lover that Egor is singing to.

The further implication is that their breaking up was some type of hostile or unfriendly affair, so much so that as it currently stands, the vocalist obviously isn’t entertaining the idea of getting back together later down the line. 

To the contrary, he instead puts forth sentiments such as being “happy to lose” the addressee, in addition to “feel(ing) so good” now that she has packed up and moved on. Indeed concerning her departure, he’s not even interested in being around when she checks out. 

“I’ll be happy to lose you
I see nothing in the way, or maybe one thing
When you left
Why do I feel so good, yearning?”

Throughout the course of working on Song Meanings + Facts we have come across innumerable breakup songs, which are usually relayed either from a compassionate or sorrowful disposition. 

Occasionally, especially these days, there are those with some animosity mixed therein. But this may be the first time we’ve looked at piece where the vocalist is actually wishing his ex dead. Or put otherwise, there does not appear to be any part of him whatsoever that regrets the two of them having parted ways.

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