"Russians" as written by and Sergei Sting/prokofiev....
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 the 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.
But what might save us, me and you,
Is if the Russians love their children too

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"Russians" as written by Serge Prokofieff Gordon Sumner

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    General Commentthis is one very sad song... :( but it is really good...i hope there aren't any Police-bashers out there... :-/
    luv_u_not_on October 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis was off of Sting's first solo album. This is not a Police release.
    dcaton December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is brilliant! extremely disturbing sound, with meaningful lyrics. its great that Sting is trying to stop the stereotyping of the Soviets, or at least is trying to...
    HermitCrabon December 13, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI can't help but feel this song is unfinished, it just sounds unwieldy, and at times Sting seems to be struggling to fit his eloquent lyrics in the short spaces allotted for them.

    And yeah, not a Police release...
    Seer7on December 30, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWhile it's clearly about the Cold War, it still has a very pertinent message about extremism of any kind:

    There is no monopoly of common sense
    On either side of the political fence
    We share the same biology
    Regardless of ideology

    In the increasingly polarized world of politics (especially American) this is something we would all do well to remember. Not all Democrats are wannabe socialists, and not all Republicans are right-wing nut jobs. By subscribing to extremes, on either end of the political spectrum, we make compromise more and more impossible. In fact, if you eliminate 'Europe and' from the first line, and change 'Soviets' in the third line to 'Democrats' or 'Republicans'--depending on your point of view--those lines work pretty well, too.

    Even terrorists generally have some sort of valid concern (at least to them); they don't like non-Muslim foreign troops in Saudi Arabia, or they want their homeland back, or they simply wish they were in power instead of the current government, wherever they're at. It's in how they choose to achieve their goals that puts them outside of allowable human conduct.

    And if there's one thing that is truly GOOD that has happened in the past 20 years, it's that Sting's little boy, and all the other little girls and boys, are no longer in danger of nuclear annhilation, just 30 minutes away, the way so many of us grew up. While the superpowers retain their now-diminished stockpiles, and 'rogue states' like Iran and North Korea either already have nukes or soon will, the once very real possibility of our ending all life on Earth in a massive nuclear exchange is over. At the very worst you might have a limited number of nukes go off in a regional conflict--very, very, unimaginably bad if it's in your region, but it's not going to cause a years- or decades-long nuclear winter that will wipe out all of humanity. It's at least a little bit of progress.

    (Instead we've got global warming. But that's another subject.)
    seanshon December 19, 2010   Link

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