All This Time (song)

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"All This Time"
ad in Sky - February 1991
Recorded by Sting
Released: 1991-01-22
Recorded: April - November 1990
Length: SONG LENGTH
Album(s): The Soul Cages
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Sting
Producer(s): Hugh Padgham & Sting
Studio(s): RECORDING STUDIO(S)
Released as single? YES

"All This Time" is a song written by Sting and recorded by Sting in 1990.

About the song

Sting wrote the lyrics to this song in room 414 of the Grand Hôtel de la Plage in Cabourg, France. When he started to record the album he went to Normandy for a weekend and stayed in the same room where novelist Marcel Proust used to stay in. Inspired by "Remembrance of Things Past" and the Normandy setting he worked on the lyrics.

Personnel

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Release History

Albums

All This Time appears on the following album releases:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Sting-album-soulcages.jpg The Soul Cages 1991-01-22 Country
Sting-album-fieldsofgold.jpg Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 1994-11-08 Country

Singles

CD Singles

Cover art Catalog no. Songs Release date Release country
40px AMCD 713 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate"/"King Of Pain" (live) 1991-MM-DD UK
40px AMCDR 713 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate"/"King Of Pain" (live) 1991-MM-DD UK
40px 390 614-2 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate"/"King Of Pain" (live) 1991-MM-DD Germany
Stub.gif AM PCDY-10023 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate" 1991-MM-DD Japan
40px 75021 7486 2 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate"/"King Of Pain" (live) 1991-MM-DD USA

7" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Stub.gif AM 390 614-7 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate" 1991-MM-DD Germany
Stub.gif AM 75021 1541 7 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate" 1991-MM-DD USA

12" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song(s)/B-side song(s) Release date Release country
Stub.gif AM 2801 479 (promo) " All This Time" (edit)/" All This Time" (album version) 1991-MM-DD England
Stub.gif AMY 713 " All This Time"/"I Miss You Kate"/"King Of Pain" (live) 1991-MM-DD England

Video

"SONG TITLE" appears on the following video and dvd releases:

Cover art Video title Release date Release country
Stub.gif Video or dvd title YYYY-MM-DD Country


Awards, nominations, and certifications

Awards

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Year Winner Award Category
YYYY WINNER (album, song, producer, etc.) AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.) CATEGORY

Nominations

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Year Nominee Award Category
YYYY NOMINEE (album, song, producer, etc.) AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.) CATEGORY

Certifications

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Country Certifier Classification Certification
COUNTRY CERTIFIER (RIAA, IFPI...) CLASSIFICATION (Album, singles, foreign artist...) CERTIFICATION (Gold, Platinum, Diamond...)

Lyrics

I looked out across
The river today,
I saw a city in the fog and an old church tower
Where the seagulls play.
I saw the sad shire horses walking home
In the sodium light
I saw two priests on the ferry
October geese on a cold winter's night

And all this time, the river flowed
Endlessly to the sea.

Two priests came round our house tonight
One young, one old, to offer prayers for the dying
To serve the final rite,
One to learn, one to teach,
Which way the cold wind blows
Fussing and flapping in priestly black
Like a murder of crows

And all this time, the river flowed
Endlessly to the sea
If I had my way I'd take a boat from the river
And I'd bury the old man,
I'd bury him at sea

Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the earth
Better to be poor than a fat man in the eye of a needle
And as these words were spoken I swear I hear
The old man laughing,
'What good is a used up world, and how could it be
worth having'

And all this time the river flowed
Endlessly like a silent tear
And all this time the river flowed
Father, if Jesus exists,
Then how come he never lived here.

The teacher told us, the Romans built this place
They built a wall and a temple, an edge of the empire
Garrison town,
They lived and they died, they prayed to their gods
But the stone gods did not make a sound
And their empire crumbled, 'til all that was left
Were the stones the workmen found

And all this time the river flowed
In the falling light of a northern sun
If I had my way I'd take a boat from the river
Men go crazy in congregations
But they only get better
One by one
One by one...

Quotations and trivia

UK ad:

1991 02 Sky ad.jpg

Alternative and cover versions

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See also

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External links

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References

sources: album credits, internet, newspaper clipping, French interview (Proust information)