Sting - Russians - Unplugged 2022




On March 5, 2022, during Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Sting posted a video of himself performing "Russians" on Instagram stating:


"I’ve only rarely sung this song in the many years since it was written, because I never thought it would be relevant again. But, in the light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful, unthreatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a plea for our common humanity. For the brave Ukrainians fighting against this brutal tyranny and also the many Russians who are protesting this outrage despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment - We, all of us, love our children. Stop the war."


The post also included information about how to donate supplies to the people of Ukraine.



"Russians" is a song by Sting, from his debut solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, released in June 1985, and released as a single in November. The song is a commentary and plea that criticises the then-dominant Cold War foreign policy and doctrine of mutual assured destruction (MAD) by the United States and the then existing Soviet Union.




Lyrics


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 Khrushchev 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 of 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

What might save us, me and you

Is if the Russians love their children too