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The melody was inspired by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's Romance Melody from the Lieutenant Kije Suite.
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. (thanks, Jonas - Leverkusen, Germany)
"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. (thanks, Will - Opelika, AL)
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