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  • 1. ENGLISH PROJECTANALYSIS OF A SONGTOPIC: IMMIGRATIONMEMBERS OF THE GROUP: Grossi, Galmes, RodriguezCLASS: 4 B

2. By Sting 3. Englishman In New York by Sting I dont drink coffee I take tea my dearI like my toast done on one sideAnd you can hear it in my accent when I talkIm an Englishman in New YorkSee me walking down Fifth AvenueA walking cane here at my sideI take it everywhere I walk Im an Englishman in New YorkIm an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New YorkIm an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New YorkIf, "Manners maketh man" as someone saidThen hes the hero of the dayIt takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile Be yourself no matter what they say 4. Im an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New YorkIm an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New YorkModesty, propriety can lead to notoriety You could end up as the only one Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this societyAt night a candles brighter than the sunTakes more than combat gear to make a manTakes more than a license for a gunConfront your enemies, avoid them when you canA gentleman will walk but never runIf, "Manners maketh man" as someone saidThen hes the hero of the dayIt takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile Be yourself no matter what they sayIm an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New YorkIm an alien Im a legal alienIm an Englishman in New York 5. Englishmen have never been illegal ordiscriminated in the USA due to the English influence in American history.In the case of Malvinas islands, USA agreed with the English position, and against Argentina.In the First World War, the USA was neutral at first,but they tended to agree with England and France. In the Second World War the USA joined greatBritain, France, Australia and new Zeeland againstGermany. 6. Name the song: An Englishman In New YorkSting, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, was born on October 2nd 1951 in Wallsend a town in England. If you want to know about his biography or his professional career (including hisperformance with the band The Police), you can find muchmore information in his official website: www.sting.com Quentin Crisp, Denis Charles Pratt, was born on the 25th of December 1908 and died on the 21st of November in 1999. Hewas a writer, an actor and a raconteur (story teller). He became a gay icon in the70s.But, what has this Quentin Crisp to do with this famous songwritten by Sting? Well, this song is inspired on him. Just after Crisp moved from London to a flat in Bowery, Manhattan, Sting wrote this song after a visit he paid to Mr. Crisp by the end of1986 in his flat in New York. During the meeting Crisp told Sting about how hard was life for an homosexual man in thehomophobic Great Britain between the 20s and the 60s. Sting was so impressed that he decided to write the song. 7. In one hand, it tells us about the cultural differences betweenAmerican and British people, (not only talking about manners, but also about their accent).Here are some references to British culture that you can see in the song: I dont drink coffee I take tea my dear (As we all know, tea is a British tradition)I like my toast done on one side (They seem to eat toasts done onone side) And you can hear it in my accent when I talk (And of course, British accent is quite different from American accent).See me walking down Fifth Avenue A walking cane here at my side I take it everywhere I walk (The typical image of the English gentleman walking with his cane,although the song does not mention the bowler hat). 8. In the other hand, this song tells us about the feeling of being an alien a foreigner - wherever you are, without belonging to a group: Read this line:Im an alien, Im a legal alien, Im an Englishman in New York. Does New York really welcome immigrants? Maybe Sting wants to show us that Englishmen are proudeverywhere they are, even if people do not welcomethem. 9. The following stanza talks about manners,topic which caused passion in Quentin Crisp, and the fact of feeling proud of themselves,without worrying about what other people think .If, Manners maketh man as someone saidThen hes the hero of the day It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile Be yourself no matter what they say 10. The following stanzas mention the same things:Modesty, propriety can lead to notorietyYou could end up as the only one Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this societyAt night a candles brighter than the sun Takes more than combat gear to make a manTakes more than a license for a gunConfront your enemies, avoid them when you can A gentleman will walk but never runDoes he consider American drinkers? Why arethere so many lights shining at night? According tohim there are other important things to beconsidered a man for society. 11. Conclusion:In our world discrimination towardsforeign people has always existed, but in this particular case it is not about the differences between English andAmerican people. They have alwaysrespected each other. In this song, the discrimination is about sexuality, not only in England (his origin country) but also in the United States, too. 12. References:http://vocatic.com/el-significado-de-sting-en-ingles- y-la-cancion-englishman-in-new-york