Other Songs

  1. Roxanne (live)
  2. Can't Stand Losing You (live)
  3. Walking on the Moon (live)
  4. Every Breath you Take (live)
"Every Breath you Take" The Police May 1983

Following an affair, widely condemned, with his wife's best friend, Sting retreated to the Caribbean. He started writing the song at Ian Fleming's writing desk on the Goldeneye estate in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The lyrics are the words of a possessive lover who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make". "I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn't realise at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control".


[Verse 1]
Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I'll be watching you

[Verse 2]
Every single day
And every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I'll be watching you

Oh, can't you see
You belong to me?
How my poor heart aches
With every step you take

[Verse 3]
Every move you make
And every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I'll be watching you

Since you've gone, I've been lost without a trace
I dream at night, I can only see your face
I look around, but it's you I can't replace
I feel so cold, and I long for your embrace
I keep crying, baby, baby, please

Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm

Oh, can't you see ....