Wednesday, November 02, 2005

something to think about

Russians by Sting


In Europe and America there's a growing feeling of
hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mister Krushchev said, 'We will bury you'
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It'd be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too

How can I save my little boy
From Oppenheimer's deadly toy?
There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent to put
Words in the mouth of the president
There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie we don't believe anymore
Mister Reagan says 'We will protect you'
I don't subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me and you
Is if the Russians love their children too


1 When do you think the song was written ?
2 What do you think it is about ?
3 How has the world changed since then?

2 comments:

Lee Hobbs said...

Hi Craig, I've always thought about designing a lesson plan around this excellent song from Sting, it is a great piece of cold-war-relic literature isn't it? I'm curious how the lesson plan went in your class and if you'd be willing to share your thoughts either here or over on the ESL-Lesson-Plan.com blog. I'll write up a post soon on using popular music and lyrics in the ESL classroom...mind if I reference you? I had also thought about using "The Streets of London" song too, just as another way to challenge perceptions of the West (lyrics are simple and easy to "get"). Good job, as usual!

BallAndDust said...

1. If I remember right, this song was written in the late 80's (I was a college freshman when the wall fell in 1989).
2. The unlikelihood of nucular (no, not nuclear, nucular is the latest spelling in the US) war. ;)
3. Well, the Soviet empire has crumbled, and via American foreign policy going back to the Harding administration, we've help foster the growth of terrorism. Some (not all) of these people don't love their children like the Russians, as they send them off with dynamite strapped to their chest.

How did I do on the test?

Kosta