Every Breath You Take (song)

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"Every Breath You Take"
Every Breath You Take single cover
Every Breath You Take UK promotional poster
Recorded by The Police
Released: 1983-05-20
Recorded: 1982/1983
Length: 4:13
Album(s): Synchronicity
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Sting
Producer(s): Hugh Padgham & The Police
Studio(s): AIR Studios, Montserrat
Released as single? YES

"Every Breath You Take" is a song written by Sting and recorded by The Police in 1983/1984..

About the song

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Personnel

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Release History

Albums

Every Breath You Take appears on the following album releases:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Police-album-synchronicity.jpg Synchronicity 1983-06-01 Country

Singles

CD Singles

Cover art Catalog no. Songs Release date Release country
Stub.gif Catalog no. "Song"(s) YYYY-MM-DD Country

7" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Breath.jpg AM 117 "Every Breath You Take"/"Murder By Numbers" 1983-05-20 UK
Breath pic.jpg AMX 117 "Every Breath You Take"/"Murder By Numbers" 1983-05-27 UK
Breath double.jpg AM 117 + AM*01 "Every Breath You Take"/"Murder By Numbers"/"Man In A Suitcase (live)"/"Truth Hits Everybody (remix)" 1983-06-03 UK

12" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song(s)/B-side song(s) Release date Release country
Stub.gif Catalog no. "A-side song"/"B-side song" (add more songs as necessary) YYYY-MM-DD Country

Video

"Every Breath You Take" appears on the following video and dvd releases:

Cover art Video title Release date Release country
Stub.gif Every Breath You Take 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

Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners, and provided here for educational purposes only.

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
Ill be watching you

Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
Ill be watching you

Oh, cant you see
You belong to me
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
Ill be watching you

Since youve gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face
I look around but its you I cant replace
I feel so cold and I long for your embrace
I keep crying baby, baby, please...

Oh, cant you see
You belong to me
How my poor heart aches
With every breath you take

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
Ill be watching you

Every move you make
Every step you take
Ill be watching you

Ill be watching you
Ill be watching you
Ill be watching you
Ill be watching you...


Quotations and trivia

For the recording of Synchronicity Hugh Padgham used the same methods as on Ghost In The Machine. Stewart Copeland's drums were placed in the dining area of AIR Studios, while Andy Summers played his guitar in the main studio recording room and Sting's bass was plugged into the recording console in the control room.

Recording Every Breath You Take took about a week because of the simplicity of the song. Sting's demo was just the vocals accompanied by a Hammond organ. In Montserrat it was agreed that the Hammond organ would go; they tried the song as a reggae, as a more "rock" track and whatnot, before Andy Summers came up with THAT guitar part.

Hugh Padgham used a SM57 for the snare, Sennheiser 421s for the toms, Coles 4038 ribbon mics for the overheads and Neumann 87s as room mics (placed about 10-15 feet away).

Originally the band intended to record the backing track the normal way with a band performance - and Stewart's drums in one take. Hugh Padgham recalls that Stewart messed up lots of takes and didn't play as simple as Sting intended the drum part to be.

So all of the percussive elements were recorded separately - the hi-hat with a 300-millisecond delay, the kick created out of an Oberheim drum box, gong and cymbal played with mallets, overdubbed toms also played with mallets and the snare tightened as much as it could be.

Sting alternated between a DI'd Fender Jazz and a Steinberger bass, also using "Brian" - the Dutch upright electric double bass - doubling the root notes.

Andy Summers used several guitars with different setups. For his Fender Telecaster, Stratocaster and Gibson 335 he used a Roland JCI20 Jazz Chorus amp - with the chorus always switched on. The amp's 12-inch speakers were miked with a Sennheiser 421 each. Andy also used the Roland guitar synths to produce keyboard-like sounds. The guitar signal would be split between the yellow and blue synths. Each one would go through 100 Watt Marshall amps with 4x12 cabinets.

The band also used some Prophet and Oberheim synthesizer sounds to record the song.

Sting sang his vocals in the control room with an AKG 414 compressed through a UREI 1176.

Recording was done with the Neve 8078 console on 24 analogue tracks.

The song was mixed at Le Studio in mid-January 1983 on an SSL console. Stewart and Sting still fought over additions / deletions of single tracks.

Ads

UK ads:

1983 05 21 Record Mirror Breath ad.jpg 1983 05 21 NME Breath ad.jpg 1983 05 21 Sounds Breath ad.jpg 1983 05 26 Smash Hits Breath ad.jpg

Alternative and cover versions

Alternative versions

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Japanese Backing Track single.jpg AMP-782 "Every Breath You Take (backing track)"/"Roxanne (backing track)" 1983-MM-DD Japan
  • Sting's original demo was recorded at Utopia Studios in London - his vocals were accompanied by a Hammond organ.
  • Sting has been known to sing 'every cake you bake' and various other goofy lines in the last chorus.

Cover versions

Cover versions of Every Breath You Take appear on the following album releases:

Cover art Artist Album title Release date Release country
40px Tammy Wynette & Sting Without Walls 1994-10-18 UK
Reggatta Mondatta.jpg Betty Wright Reggatta Mondatta 1997-MM-DD The Netherlands
Policia cover.jpg Copeland Policia! A Tribute To The Police 2005-MM-DD USA
  • This song was performed live on American Idol season 7 (original air date March 31, 2008) by contestant Brooke White. She sang with only her playing along on piano.
  • This song was also sampled by Puff Daddy "Sean Combs" for his song, I'll be missing you, a tribute song to his rapper friend The Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered back in the 90s.
  • The song was also covered in 2004 by UB40 for the movie "50 First Dates" Soundtrack.

See also

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External links

References

  • Police, The. Synchronicity. (1983) [Audio recording], A&M Records.
  • Sound on Sound - March 2004 (demo and recording info)