They Dance Alone

Album: Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
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  • Dewey from Bear, DeI saw Sting perform on the recent Sting/Simon tour in Philly. He performed They Dance Alone for the first time on tour in many years. He left out the whole section regarding Pinochet:
    "Hey Mr. Pinochet
    You've sown a bitter crop
    It's foreign money that supports you
    One day the money's going to stop
    No wages for your torturers
    No budget for your guns"

    The true meaning of the song changes.
  • Marino from Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicSting, NYC, NY: This song is not about Palestine. No one to my knowledge hace written about this: They Dance Alone was written in regards of the thousands of people that the government of the dictator Pinochet dissapeard in Chile.
  • Sting from Nyc, NyThis song was written by Sting about the genocide of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israeli soldiers. Many women have lost loved ones: sons, husbands, brothers, fathers...
  • Sting from Nyc, NyThis song was written by Sting about the genocide of the Palestinian people at the hands of Israeli soldiers. Many women have lost loved ones: sons, husbands, brothers, fathers...
  • Christina from Baltimore, MdThis song is just BEAUTIFUL-another TRUE CLASSIC by my favorite artist-Sting. Cueca Solo paints a very detailed picture of the hardships(and that's an understatement), the women under Pinochet's rulership endured. I just LOVE the Ruben Blades solo in Spanish, the sound of Branford's sax and the lyrics....what more can I say? Sting is A-1.
  • Frank from Cambridge, MaThis is a beautiful song, but I agree with Sting. The song is not the important part - it's the 'event' he was able to magnify. The woman of 70's Chile took a chance that Pinochet would realize that had he ordered his soldiers to stop the protests using violence, the specter of soldiers gunning down women in broad daylight for dancing would have brought more political pressure and publicity than he would risk. And they were right, so they never opposed this form of protest. The drama lies in the image of all these woman using a peaceful symbol of a Dance as a form of protest set against a backdrop of police stations and soldiers who's weapons and tanks were rendered useless. This is a very powerful and dramatic image.
  • Orben from Bronx, NyThe person who spoke the verse in spanish is Ruben Blades.
    -Orben, Bronx, New York
  • Maria from Sacramento, CaAnnabelle, and anyone else who wants to know what the Spanish translates to. It's really just the corus in Spanish. It means (roughly):
    They dance with the missing,
    Dance with the dead,
    Dance with Loves invisible
    With silent anguish
    Dance with their fathers
    with their sons (could be translated children, but because of previous verses, I think sons is more appropriate)
    with their spouses (husbands)
    They (women) dance alone
    (They) dance alone
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrWho was the one that did the spoken part in Spanish? I wonder what the spoken part translates to.
  • Tiffany from Castro Valley, CaSting actually visited Chile as part of the Amnesty tour. I think he may have witnessed La Cuerca Solo. He explains it in the insert to the Nothing Like the Sun album.
  • Tegan from Darwin, Australiamy drama class used this song in a play we performed last year about these women. the situation is so sad and horrible, it's great that someone has written a song explaining the terrible ordeal these women have to go through. everyone cried by the end of our play.
  • Arka from Calcutta, ArWhew.....from Nada Como El Sol...that's Nothing Like The Sun in Spanish. One of the best in the album. Like 'Russians', it's set on the theme of war, and about personal loss at a macrocosm. Mr Marsalis is just so damn haunting.....
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