Hear This: K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” shares the power of moving past broken promises

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, as we regret the New Year’s resolutions we’ve already cast aside, we’re picking our favorite songs about broken promises.

K’Naan, “Wavin’ Flag” (2009)

It’s common to associate songs with people that have touched your life, but some hit harder than others. For me, K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” is probably the hardest hitting. I graduated with a journalism degree in 2011, but instead of diving into the world of media, I was pleasantly sidetracked by a job teaching English language arts to high school students in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For two years, I taught all four grades everything from grammar and composition to American literature, and as clichéd as it sounds, there wasn’t a single student who didn’t teach me something in return.

One in particular …

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