“Every Breath You Take” By The Police Is the Creepiest Song In The History Of Rock and Roll
In 1983 “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was rocking the world of music. Dominating The Billboard Top 100 Singles Charts for eight weeks. In every mall, wedding, and school dance across the country, star-crossed lovers were singing “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. Time and time again oblivious listeners just repeat the words without ever considering what they are saying. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police widely considered their greatest success, commonly believed a love song, is actually a warning to run.
In 1982 Sting was in the middle of a very public separation from his wife at the time, Frances Tomley. The tremendous media attention drove Sting out of the country for a break from the circus at home. During Sting’s hiding “Every Breath You Take” was penned as a dark tale about his former love at home. There were no intentions of fluffing any bits of love into the song. He was not longing for his ex, calling to her hoping they could reunite. The relationship between Sting and “Every Breath You Take” is not positive. “Every breath you take/Every move you make, I’ll be watching you.”
“Every Breath You Take” By The Police Is Shared With The World
Sting and The Police re-joined to record “Every Breath You Take” in 1983. Guitarist Andy Summers made a significant contribution which he discussed in Record Magazine “without that guitar part there’s no song. That’s what sealed it. My guitar completely made it classic and put the modern edge on it. I actually came up with it in one take, but that’s because Sting’s demo left a lot of space for me to do what I did. There was no way I was just gonna strum barre chords through a song like that.”
In 1983 The Police released “Every Breath You Take” on the Synchronicty album. The single was one of the most popular songs of the year. “Every Breath You Take” won the Grammy for both Song of The Year and Best Performance By a Duo or Group. The song was a smash success, but the lyrics have been misused since it’s release.
Sting Upset That His Song About Stalking Misinterpreted
It is not a secret that “Every Breath You Take” by The Police is not a love song. In fact, Sting has showed frustration at the misinterpretation of his lyrics. Sting voiced his frustration in an interview with the New Musical Express in 1983. “”I think the ambiguity is intrinsic in the song however you treat it because the words are so sadistic. On one level, it’s a nice long song with the classic relative minor chords, and underneath there’s this distasteful character talking about watching every move. I enjoy that ambiguity. I watched Andy Gibb singing it with some girl on TV a couple of weeks ago, very loving, and totally misinterpreting it. (Laughter) I could still hear the words, which aren’t about love at all.”
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police is not the song to play as the first song at your wedding. The lyrics tell a story with multiple levels of darkness and ill-intentions. Interpretations can vary, but the synopsis should end with something terrible happening. If somebody is singing this song to you, run as fast as you can. “Every Breath You Take” by the Police is the creepiest song of all time