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Poetry: Under the Same Sun Analysis


UNDER THE SAME SUN
By: Scorpions

I saw the morning
It was shattered by a gun
Heard a scream, saw him fall, no one cried
I saw a mother
She was praying for her son
Bring him back, let him live, don’t let him die

Do you ever ask yourself
Is there a heaven in the sky
Why cant we get it right

cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why cant we live as one

I saw the evening
Fading shadows one by one
We watch the lamb, lay down to the sacrifice
I saw the children
The children of the sun
How they wept, how they bled, how they died

Do you ever ask yourself
Is there a heaven in the sky
Why can’t we stop the fight

cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why can’t we live as one

Sometimes I think I’m going mad
Were loosing all we had and no one seems to care
But in my heart it doesn’t change
We’ve got to rearrange and bring our world some love
And does it really matter
If there’s a heaven up above
We sure could use some love

cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why can’t we live as one
cause we all live under the same sky
We all look up at the same stars
then why, tell me why can’t we live as one

Background and setting of the song
In 1993 Scorpions released Face the Heat.  The album was a hit, propelled in large part by the massive success of the ballad "under the same sun". The song muses on the socio-political changes that were occurring in Eastern Europe and in other parts of the world at the end of the Cold War.

Theme of the song
The song is talking about war, why can’t we stop the war? Why can’t we live in peace and harmony?
The first stanza describes the situation of war which ruins the morning peace, the victims of the war, and parent who loss their son because he is forced to go to a battle. Moreover, the reference shows a kind of protest against the situation, why must there be a war if we basically have a same destiny and fate; we all live under the same sun and we all walk under the same moon.

Symbols
There are some symbols can be found in the song, the first, the word “the morning” in the first stanza in line one. Based on the following sentence it can be meant youths whose future is ruined by the war, they are forced to fight in combat. Moreover, it is also can be meant the beginning of day which is full of hope, also in the morning, the sun rises, the animals start to sing, all the activities of creatures on the surface of earth begins.

The second symbols can be found in the fourth stanza in line one, the word “evening” supported by the following sentence means the old generation whose hope was fading because it  was taken cruelly by the war.

The third symbol is the word “lamb” in the fourth stanza line three. It can be interpreted that lamb refers to innocent people or children who were sacrificed vainly during the war.

The fourth symbol is the phrase “children of the sun” in the fourth stanza line four refers to the young generation who carries the future of a nation, even the world. However, they had been the victim of the war. “How they wept, how they bled, how they died”, from this statement we can infer that the war not only adverse the nation who fight against each other but also ruin the future of the world by murdering children who will make a change in the future.

Poetic Devices
a. Stanza of the song
The first, fourth, and last stanza are categorized into sestet since it has six lines in one stanza; while the second, third, fifth, and sixth are included into triplet; and septet in the seventh stanza.

b. Repetition
The repetition of word can be found in first and forth stanza in line one and three, “I saw…” , the second case of repetition is sentence repetition which can be found in the second and fifth stanza in line one “Do you ever ask yourself Is there a heaven in the sky” and the last is the reference of the song in the third and sixth stanza “cause we all live under the same sun We all walk under the same moon Then why, why cant we live as one”

c. figures of speech
Most of the content of the song in the form of irony like we can see in:
Cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why can’t we live as one
cause we all live under the same sky
We all look up at the same stars
then why, tell me why can’t we live as one

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