Radio 56, side B, track 5: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, #2 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

The Police - Every Breath You TakeOh, The Police, have you thought about renaming this one “Exhibit A In Our Restraining Order Case”?  I know there’s already volumes written on both how great this song is and also how creepy it is, but nothing written by me, and isn’t that the whole point of the internet?  When I recorded this song off the radio, I didn’t really pay much attention to it.  It was an innocuous love song with simple lyrics that was fun to sing along to and if you ever forgot the lyrics, you could insert your own, like “every cake you bake, every thirst you slake, every snow you flake, I’ll be watchin’ you”.  And if someone had actually explained why this song was creepy at the time, I don’t think I would have understood it anyway.  As we’ve established quite well, I lived a pretty sheltered life.  Hell, I still do, The Police.  But I don’t think I quite got the idea of obsessing over a woman.  I mean, I think I understood it at a more basic level, but I didn’t understand the concept of unwanted attention.  I SHOULD have.  I’m pretty sure any attention I gave to any girl my age was unwanted.  And considering how I obsessed over taping music off the radio and obsessed over “true love”, it was just a matter of time before I wandered over into “Every Breath You Take” territory, and while in high school I was just awkward, it was in college where this song occasionally became my anthem.  Mixing alcohol and low self-esteem and undiagnosed anxiety and repressed rage and family issues is never a good combination, and then you mix in lust and love, good lord, The Police.  What a mess.  There were no restraining orders, fortunately, but there were definitely a few “Don’t talk/call/write me ever again” conversations.  Rightly so.  If there was a crown to be worn for King of the Drunk Dial, I would be wearing it.  It’s taken a long, long time to figure out the balance between all-consuming obsession and not.  I must have figured some of it out, because my wife only finds me a little creepy, and not even all the time.  So I guess that’s progress, right?

“Every Breath You Take”

<awesome The Police jam>

Every breath you take

And every move you make

Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watchin’ you

Every single daaaay

And every wordjoo say

Every game you play
Every nightchoo stay
I’ll be watchin’ you

Oh, canchoo seeeee

You belong to meee

How my poor heart aches

With every step you take

Every move you make

Every vow you break

Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watchin’ you

Since you’ve gone, I 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 yo
Embrace
I keep cryin’ baby, baby, pleeeeeeeeeeeease

<awesome The Police jam>

Oh, canchoo seeeee

You belong to meee

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 watchin’ you

Every move you make
Every step you take
I’ll be watchin’ you

I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every breath you take, every move you make)
(Every bond you break, every step you take)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every single day, every word you say)
(Every game you play, every night you stay)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every move you make, every vow you break)
(Every smile you fake, every claim you stake)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every single day, every word you say) ooo oooo
(Every game you play, every night you stay)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every breath you take, every move you make)
(Every bond you break, every step you take)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every single day, every word you say)
(Every game you play, every night you stay)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every move you make, every vow you break)
(Every smile you fake, every claim you stake)
I’ll be watchin’ you
(Every single day, every word you say)
(Every game you play, every night you stay)
I’ll be watchin’ you

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