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!  colspan="2" | <big>'''"Murder By Numbers"'''</big>
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|  colspan="2" align="center" | [[Image:breath.jpg|thumb|center|[[Every Breath You Take]] 7" cover ([[Murder By Numbers]] was the b-side...)]]
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!  colspan="2" | Recorded by [[The Police]]
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| <b>Released:</b>
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| [[1983]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Recorded:</b>
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| December [[1982]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Length:</b>
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| 4:36 minutes
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Album(s):</b>
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| [[Synchronicity]] (Cassette / CD)
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Label(s):</b>
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| [[A&M]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Writer(s):</b>
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| [[Andy Summers]], [[Sting (person) | Sting]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Producer(s):</b>
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| [[The Police]], [[Hugh Padgham]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Studio(s):</b>
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| [[AIR Studios]]
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|- style="background-color: #f9f9f9;"
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| <b>Released as single?</b>
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| B-SIDE
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|}
  
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'''"Murder By Numbers"''' is a song written by [[Andy Summers]] and [[Sting (person) | Sting]] and recorded by [[The Police]] in [[1982]].
  
[[Category:Police songs]]
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=About the song=
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The song was developed rather quickly at [[AIR Studios]] on Montserrat. Andy had the guitar chords, [[Sting]] had some lyrics. According to [[Stewart Copeland]] the very first take of that song ended up as the B-Side of the [[Every Breath You Take]] 7" and the cassette versions of the [[Synchronicity]] album. He often told the story that he was already playing the rhythm in the dining room, then [[Sting]] and later Andy joined in.
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Stewart's memory might have been influenced by the long drum intro on the version that has been officially released - and he always likes to tell a good story. But in the original take - and it still '''IS''' a one take wonder - the song didn't start with a drum intro at all.
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[[Sting]] counts the band in and plays the first bass notes right before that first bell you hear on the official release. Bass and guitar are playing throughout the whole song, but were muted for the „drum intro“ and the first verse. For the rest of the song only the occasional bum note and a [[Sting]] adlib were muted.
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[[Jeff Seitz]] remembers that he and other roadies did their handclaps "live" (and not as overdubs) right after [[The Police]] finished their take. They had been instructed not to be too enthusiastic with their handclaps at the end - to give the impression of an unimpressed club audience.
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[[Hugh Padgham]] however is sure that "they were definitely not recorded live when the band played the song".
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=Personnel=
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* [[Sting]] - bass, vocals
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* [[Stewart Copeland]] - drums
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* [[Andy Summers]] - guitar
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* [[Danny Quatrochi]], [[Jeff Seitz]], [[Tam Fairgrieve]] - handclaps
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=Release History=
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==Albums==
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[[Murder By Numbers]] appears on the following album releases:
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{| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" border="1" style="background-color: #F0F0F0;  border-spacing: 2; padding:5px;"
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! Cover art
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! Album title
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! Release date
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! Release country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:Police-album-synchronicity.jpg|40px]]
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| [[Synchronicity]]
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| [[1983-MM-DD]]
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| Country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:At_The_Movies.jpg|40px]]
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| [[At The Movies]]
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| [[1997-MM-DD]]
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| Japan
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:My Funny_Valentine_At_The_Movies.jpg|40px]]
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| [[My Funny Valentine: At The Movies]]
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| [[2005-03-23]]
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| Japan
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|}
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==Singles==
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===7" Singles===
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{| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" border="1" style="background-color: #F0F0F0;  border-spacing: 2; padding:5px;"
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! Cover art
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! Catalog no.
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! A-side song/B-side song
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! Release date
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! Release country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:breath.jpg|40px]]
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| AM 117
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| "[[Every Breath You Take]]"/"[[Murder By Numbers]]"
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| [[1983-05-20]]
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| UK
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:breath_pic.jpg|40px]]
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| AMX 117
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| "[[Every Breath You Take]]"/"[[Murder By Numbers]]"
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| [[1983-05-27]]
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| UK
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:breath_double.jpg|40px]]
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| AM 117 + AM*01
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| "[[Every Breath You Take]]"/"[[Murder By Numbers]]"/"[[Man In A Suitcase]] (live)"/"[[Truth Hits Everybody]] (remix)"
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| [[1983-06-03]]
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| UK
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|}
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===12" Singles===
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! Cover art
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! Catalog no.
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! A-side song(s)/B-side song(s)
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! Release date
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! Release country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:stub.gif|40px]]
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| Catalog no.
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| "[[A-side song]]"/"[[B-side song]]" (add more songs as necessary)
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| [[YYYY-MM-DD]]
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| Country
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|}
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==Video==
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"SONG TITLE" appears on the following video and dvd releases:
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! Cover art
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! Video title
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! Release date
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! Release country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:stub.gif|40px]]
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| [[Video or dvd title]]
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| [[YYYY-MM-DD]]
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| Country
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|}
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=Awards, nominations, and certifications=
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==Awards==
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''This section needs more information.''
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! Year
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! Winner
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! Award
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! Category
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[YYYY]]
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| WINNER (album, song, producer, etc.)
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| AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.)
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| CATEGORY
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|}
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==Nominations==
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''This section needs more information.''
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! Year
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! Nominee
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! Award
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! Category
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[YYYY]]
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| NOMINEE (album, song, producer, etc.)
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| AWARD (Grammy, People's Choice, etc.)
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| CATEGORY
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|}
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==Certifications==
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''This section needs more information.''
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! Country
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! Certifier
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! Classification
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! Certification
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| COUNTRY
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| CERTIFIER (RIAA, IFPI...)
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| CLASSIFICATION (Album, singles, foreign artist...)
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| CERTIFICATION (Gold, Platinum, Diamond...)
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|}
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=Lyrics=
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'''Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners, and provided here for educational purposes only.'''
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<pre>
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Once that you've decided on a killing
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First you make a stone of your heart
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And if you find that your hands are still willing
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Then you can turn a murder into art
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There really isn't any need for bloodshed
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You just do it with a little more finesse
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If you can slip a tablet into someone's coffee
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Then it avoids an awful lot of mess
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It's murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your ABC
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Murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your ABC
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Now if you have a taste for this experience
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And you're flushed with your very first success
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Then you must try a twosome or a threesome
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And you'll find your conscience bothers you much less
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Because murder is like anything you take to
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It's a habit-forming need for more and more
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You can bump off every member of your family
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And anybody else you find a bore
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Because it's murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your ABC
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Murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your ABC
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Now you can join the ranks of the illustrious
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In history's great dark hall of fame
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All our greatest killers were industrious
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At least the ones that we all know by name
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But you can reach the top of your profession
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If you become the leader of the land
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For murder is the sport of the elected
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And you don't need to lift a finger of your hand
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Because it's murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your ABC
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Murder by numbers one two three
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It's as easy to learn as your A B C D E
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</pre>
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=Quotations and trivia=
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[[Jeff Seitz]] originally remembered that the song was done at [[Le Studio]], but [[Stewart Copeland]] and [[Hugh Padgham]] are sure that it was already done on Montserrat.
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=Alternative and cover versions=
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Alternative versions of [[Murder By Numbers]] appear on the following album releases:
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{| cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" border="1" style="background-color: #F0F0F0;  border-spacing: 2; padding:5px;"
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! Cover art
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! Artist
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! Album title
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! Release date
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! Release country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:stub.gif|40px]]
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| Frank Zappa (with [[Sting (person) | Sting]])
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| [[Broadway The Hard Way]]
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| [[1989-05-25]]
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| Country
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|- style="background-color: #FFFFFF;"
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| [[Image:Policia_cover.jpg|40px]]
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| Maxeen
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| [[Policia! A Tribute To The Police]]
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| [[2005-MM-DD]]
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| USA
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|}
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=See also=
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''This section needs more information.''
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=External links=
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''This section needs more information.''
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=References=
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* Police, The. ''Synchronicity''. (1983) [Audio recording], A&M Records.
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* [[Stewart Copeland]], [[Hugh Padgham]], [[Jeff Seitz]]
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[[Category:Songs (The Police)]][[Category:Songs (Sting)]][[Category:Songs & Compositions (Andy Summers)]]

Latest revision as of 10:20, 3 May 2021

"Murder By Numbers"
Every Breath You Take 7" cover (Murder By Numbers was the b-side...)
Recorded by The Police
Released: 1983
Recorded: December 1982
Length: 4:36 minutes
Album(s): Synchronicity (Cassette / CD)
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Andy Summers, Sting
Producer(s): The Police, Hugh Padgham
Studio(s): AIR Studios
Released as single? B-SIDE

"Murder By Numbers" is a song written by Andy Summers and Sting and recorded by The Police in 1982.

About the song

The song was developed rather quickly at AIR Studios on Montserrat. Andy had the guitar chords, Sting had some lyrics. According to Stewart Copeland the very first take of that song ended up as the B-Side of the Every Breath You Take 7" and the cassette versions of the Synchronicity album. He often told the story that he was already playing the rhythm in the dining room, then Sting and later Andy joined in.

Stewart's memory might have been influenced by the long drum intro on the version that has been officially released - and he always likes to tell a good story. But in the original take - and it still IS a one take wonder - the song didn't start with a drum intro at all.

Sting counts the band in and plays the first bass notes right before that first bell you hear on the official release. Bass and guitar are playing throughout the whole song, but were muted for the „drum intro“ and the first verse. For the rest of the song only the occasional bum note and a Sting adlib were muted.

Jeff Seitz remembers that he and other roadies did their handclaps "live" (and not as overdubs) right after The Police finished their take. They had been instructed not to be too enthusiastic with their handclaps at the end - to give the impression of an unimpressed club audience.

Hugh Padgham however is sure that "they were definitely not recorded live when the band played the song".

Personnel

Release History

Albums

Murder By Numbers appears on the following album releases:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Police-album-synchronicity.jpg Synchronicity 1983-MM-DD Country
40px At The Movies 1997-MM-DD Japan
40px My Funny Valentine: At The Movies 2005-03-23 Japan

Singles

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

"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

This section needs more information.

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

Nominations

This section needs more information.

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

Certifications

This section needs more information.

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.

Once that you've decided on a killing
First you make a stone of your heart
And if you find that your hands are still willing
Then you can turn a murder into art

There really isn't any need for bloodshed
You just do it with a little more finesse
If you can slip a tablet into someone's coffee
Then it avoids an awful lot of mess

It's murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABC
Murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABC

Now if you have a taste for this experience
And you're flushed with your very first success
Then you must try a twosome or a threesome
And you'll find your conscience bothers you much less

Because murder is like anything you take to
It's a habit-forming need for more and more
You can bump off every member of your family
And anybody else you find a bore

Because it's murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABC
Murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABC

Now you can join the ranks of the illustrious
In history's great dark hall of fame
All our greatest killers were industrious
At least the ones that we all know by name

But you can reach the top of your profession
If you become the leader of the land
For murder is the sport of the elected
And you don't need to lift a finger of your hand

Because it's murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your ABC
Murder by numbers one two three
It's as easy to learn as your A B C D E

Quotations and trivia

Jeff Seitz originally remembered that the song was done at Le Studio, but Stewart Copeland and Hugh Padgham are sure that it was already done on Montserrat.

Alternative and cover versions

Alternative versions of Murder By Numbers appear on the following album releases:

Cover art Artist Album title Release date Release country
Stub.gif Frank Zappa (with Sting) Broadway The Hard Way 1989-05-25 Country
Policia cover.jpg Maxeen Policia! A Tribute To The Police 2005-MM-DD USA

See also

This section needs more information.

External links

This section needs more information.

References