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The Police – Every Breath You Take

Every Breath You Take the Singles by the Police Cassette Tape - Etsy Ireland

About the Song

The Police are an English rock band formed in London in 1977. The band consisted of Sting (vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became one of the most popular and successful bands of the 1980s, selling over 75 million records worldwide.

“Every Breath You Take” is a song by The Police from their fifth and final studio album, Synchronicity (1983). Written by Sting, the song was the biggest US and Canadian hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for eight weeks (the band’s only No. 1 single) and the RPM Top Singles chart for six weeks. It also reached number one in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

The song is a slow-tempo, atmospheric ballad with a distinctive guitar riff by Andy Summers. Sting’s lyrics have been interpreted in a variety of ways, but they are generally seen as being about the obsessive love and surveillance of a stalker.

“Every Breath You Take” has been covered by many artists, including P!nk, The Flaming Lips, and UB40. It has also been used in numerous films and television shows, including “The Big Chill”, “The Bodyguard”, and “Friends”.

In 2004, “Every Breath You Take” was ranked number 84 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. It is also one of the most-played songs in radio history.

The song’s enduring popularity is due to a number of factors, including its catchy melody, Sting’s haunting vocals, and its ambiguous lyrics. “Every Breath You Take” is a classic example of a song that can be interpreted in many different ways, and it continues to resonate with listeners of all ages.

Here are some additional details about the song:

  • The song was originally written as a reggae track, but it was later changed to a more pop-oriented sound.
  • The song’s distinctive guitar riff was created by Andy Summers while he was experimenting with a new guitar pedal.
  • The song’s lyrics were inspired by Sting’s experience of being stalked by a fan.
  • The song was used in the 1983 film “The Big Chill” and helped to revive the band’s popularity.
  • “Every Breath You Take” is one of the most-covered songs in history, with versions by artists such as P!nk, The Flaming Lips, and UB40.

The song’s legacy:

“Every Breath You Take” is one of the most iconic and influential songs of the 1980s. It has been covered by countless artists and has been used in numerous films and television shows. The song’s catchy melody, Sting’s haunting vocals, and its ambiguous lyrics have helped to make it a classic that continues to resonate with listeners of all ages.

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Lyrics

Every breath you take
And every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
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

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

Mm, mm, mm, mm
Mm, mm, mm

Oh, can’t you see you belong to me?
How my poor heart aches with every step you take

Every move you make
And every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you
Every move you make
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you

I’ll be watching you

(Every breath you take)
(Every move you make)
(Every bond you break)
(Every step you take)
I’ll be watching you

(Every single day)
(Every word you say)
(Every game you play)
(Every night you stay)
I’ll be watching you

(Every move you make)
(Every vow you break)
(Every smile you fake)
(Every claim you stake)
I’ll be watching you

(Every single day)
(Every word you say)
(Every game you play)
(Every night you stay)
I’ll be watching you

(Every breath you take)
(Every move you make)
(Every bond you break)
(Every step you take)
I’ll be watching you

(Every single day)
(Every word you say)
(Every game you play)
(Every night you stay)
I’ll be watching you

(Every move you make)
(Every vow you break)
(Every smile you fake)
(Every claim you stake)
I’ll be watching you

(Every single day)
(Every word you say)
(Every game you play)
(Every night you stay)
I’ll be watching you

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