Every once in a while there are songs that enclose a message that appeals to feelings of common interest as well as historical events. The interesting thing about these songs is that they give to the future listeners a perception of what was being felt about that specific moment in history. For instance, “The Wind of Change” by the Scorpions is one of the few songs that as far as I know do this. This song is about the historical changes that succeeded the downfall of communism as well as the Berlin wall. Hence, the lyric of this song encloses the feelings of a generation that sees peace and freedom for the first time after a long time of hostile political relationships. This message could be perceived after the first time the song is heard. Yet, by paying attention to the poetical devices used in this song, listener could have a better appreciation about the tone and theme that this song encloses.
The setting of this song hints the importance of the historical background that this song encloses. The lyric starts as the author situates himself following the “Moskva,” which is a river that runs through Moscow the capital of Russian. As he follows the river he gets to “Gorky Park” referring to an amusement park situated in Moscow. Yet, through the mention of these two places and the fact that the song is written in the late eighties the audience is able to situate themselves in the time when big political changes were taking place in Russia. Besides of mentioning a spatial setting the author also makes reference to a temporal setting: “August summer night.”
Since the tittle of the song the audience is able to see that the phrase “Wind of change” is the controlling metaphor of this song. “Wind of Change” is an extended metaphor though is developed through several lines along the song. The author uses the phrase wind of change as a vehicle to define the movement of the natural instinct for freedom and peace that was rising after being oppressed for a long time. For instance wind is a natural movement of air at any velocity that blows horizontally through the earth surface.
In addition to this, similes and metaphors go by the hand together to introduce important ideas like human unity. The phrase “The world is closing in” is the second metaphor that is found in this song. In essence, through this metaphor the author portrays how humanity is able to get together as the barriers that once stops it are disappearing. Along with this metaphor comes the simile of being “so close, like brothers.” Therefore, the idea of unity is repeated again, but now into a closer filial level. This last phrase has a more real meaning about what it takes to bring the world together in despite of the many social and political difference that exists. Though it sounds like something not likely to happen because of the many efforts done for it to happen, is yet not impossible to become real.
Following to an exceptional use of metaphor that captures the atmosphere...