Sting: Russians Meaning
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Song Released: 1985
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mr. Khrushchev said we will bury you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It'd be such an...
anonymous Apr 24th, 2012 4:02am report
This song is cool! Sting wrote this during the Cold War, a tense time when Russia and the United States felt threatened by the nuclear missiles they had pointed at each other. Sting's lyrics rhetorically ask if Russians love their children too, and question why the Russians and the Americans would participate in the Cold War. "Oppenheimer's deadly toy" refers to the atomic bomb. Robert Oppenheimer was an American physicist who was considered "The father of the atomic bomb." He later regretted his creation, saying he intended it to be used for energy in peace time.
anonymous Sep 20th, 2010 9:28pm report
This song is so heartfelt. You can really feel the menace of the Soviets. Even though the Cold War was a terrible threat to the world, and the Russians were perpetrators in escalating the tension a great deal of the time, I think Sting also wanted to point out that they, too, are human beings who want peace, and want a future for their country and their sons and daughters.
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