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Dear teachers and friends
I believe you all have already heard of a song by Sting named 'Englishman in New York', in this song, the composer says 'I am a legal alien, I am an Englishman in New York'. I wonder why the composer would use such words. Did he assume that English people are not as sophisticated?
I think the song refers to this: Alien (law) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the US, the word alien is an old legal term for a foreigner.
Quentin Crisp, the subject of the song, said he wanted to become a naturalised citizen in the USA so he could commit crimes- a legal alien in order to break the law.
Mara_ce sent me this a link from which I could get this:
I hope none of you take this as an offense.In Sting's song Englishman in New York he refers to the term "Legal Alien", what is a "Legal Alien"?
Being a legal alien means you are allowed to be somewhere, but don't really fit in. Sting has the perfect example: The Englishman in New York.
A typical Englishman, distinquished, high esteem, upper class, can feel quite out of place when positioned in New York, which is high speed, high energy, fast, and a bit brutal.
The formal definition of a legal alien is:
"An alien who is legally permitted to remain in a country which is foreign to him or her. On specified terms, this kind of alien may be called a legal alien of that country."
This is one of the videos I can't stop listening to: