Every Breath You Take is a song by English rock band The Police. It was Written by Sting and was the biggest hit of 1983. This page provides information about the song and links to the lyrics and the official video.
Beginner and intermediate students.
Facts about the song
- Song: Every Breath You Take
- Album: Synchronicity
- Date of release: 20 May 1983
- Genre: New wave, rock
- Lenght of the song: 4 minutes and 13 seconds.
- Writer: Sting
- Produced by : The Police, Hugh Padgham
Interesting information about the song
The song Every Breath You Take is considered to be both The Police's and Sting's signature song.
The lyrics of the song are the words of a sinister, controlling character, who is watching "every breath you take; every move you make". Essentially, it is a song about stalking, which refers to unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group toward another person. Here is what Stings said about this song:
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 realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.
The song includes many interesting language points:
Eexpressions that may be useful to students:
- Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take, I'll be watching you.
- Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace.
- I keep crying baby, baby please