Every Breath You Take

Every Breath You Take is a song by The Police from 1983, which was written by Sting. It appeared on Synchronicity, the last studio album of Police.


The song was written in the final stages of Sting's marriage to Frances Tomelty. The lyrics tell of a partner always controlling person: " Every breath, every movement, every broken promise at every turn - I'm watching you "

Sting Every Breath You Take:

"I woke up in the middle of the night with this chorus in my head, sat down at the piano and had written the song in half an hour. The melody itself is usually an accumulation of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. At that time I did not realize how dark it is. I think I thought of Big Brother, surveillance and control. "

Sting was concerned that many people interpret the song to be positive. He stressed that it was going in the song to stalking, monitoring, control and obsession. " One couple told me 'Oh we love this song, it was played at our wedding. ' I thought: Well, good luck ".

According to the companion book box set Back to Mono by Phil Spector to be influenced Every Breath You Take from Every Breath I Take. The texts have similarities, the first few lines tell a short story about the science-fiction writer Judith Merril entitled Whoever You Are. The chorus was inspired by the Leo Sayer song More Than I Can Say. Sting admitted to borrow ideas for songs.

Recording and publication

The song was a title of Police Synchronicity LP, which was recorded at AIR Studios on the Caribbean island of Montserrat between December 1982 and February 1983. Producer Hugh Padgham was. Every Breath You Take is the first track on side 2 of the LP, with Sting's vocals over a steady rhythm with a clear bass and drums controlled. The guitarist presents a piece characterizing this guitar riff. The original demo version was played with a Hammond organ. Andy Summers played his inspired by Béla Bartók guitar Part one in a single shot.

Especially with Every Breath You Take escalated disputes between Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, so that the producer had Padgham engage an arbitrator. While the other album tracks about each claimed one days recording time was needed because of the simplicity of Every Breath You Take an entire week. The overdubbing and the final mix took place in Studio Morin Heights, Quebec.

The song was one of four titles that were released from the LP as a single. Every Breath You Take was born on May 20, 1983 just before the LP released (June 1, 1983) and reached the first place in both the UK and the U.S. top ten. It was the only million-seller of the band.

The director of the music video had Godley & Creme; it was shot in black and white photography.

Cover versions