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Wind of Change: a cloze exercise

This song is widely known as the song of German reunification and more generally as the song of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.
Wind of Change
The Meine brothers began writing this song in 1989 after a visit to Moscow. They returned the following year to play at the Moscow Music Peace Festival, and wrote the lyrics to this song, inspired by the sight of Russians cheering at them. Lead singer Klaus Meine said of the event: "Everyone was there: the Red Army, journalists, musicians from Germany, from America, from Russia - the whole world on one boat. It was like a vision; everyone was talking the same language. It was a very positive vibe. That night was the basic inspiration for Wind Of Change."

That same year the world changed forever: in late summer of 1989, Communist Europe ceased to be; a few months later, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall began; the Wall had been an icon of the tyranny and poverty behind the Iron Curtain. When it came down, it was seen as the signal that the Cold War was finally over.

Language Notes:

  • Postdamer Platz = once a busy intersection, became totally desolated on 13 August 1961, when Berlin found itself divided in two.
  • Moskva = Russian for Moscow
  • Gorky Park = a central park in Moscow, named after Maxim Gorky.
  • The video includes images from other events of 1989: Tiananmen Square, when in Beijing a student dared to face an armored tank, and the Exxon Valdez Accident, when a tanker spilled hundreds of thousands barrel of oil spilling into the ocean
  • Balalaika = a Russian stringed musical instrument with a triangular body and three strings
  • The official video of the song ends with the words of Sally Ride, the first American woman into space: "When you look at it from up here, you get an appreciation that our world is a beautiful place, and we really do need to take care of it"
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I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world is closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change

Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever
I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

Take me (take me) to the magic of the moment
On a glory night (glory night)
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change (wind of change)

The wind of change
Blows straight into the face of time
Like a stormwind that will ring the freedom bell
For peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change (wind of change)

"When you look at it from up here, you get an appreciation that our world is a beautiful place, and we really do need to take care of it" [Sally Ride, First American woman into space]