Yusuke
This is a love song or stalker song? Every breath you take by The Police. Every breath you take Every move you make Every bond you break Every step you take I'll be watching you Every single day Every word you say Every game you play Every night you stay I'll be watching you Oh can't you see You belong to me 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 I'll be watching you Since you've gone I been lost without a trace I dream at night I can only see your face I look around but it's you I can't replace I feel so cold and I long for your embrace I keep crying baby, baby, please Especially, I'm interested in the part "I'll be watching you" . How does it sound to you?
Nov 1, 2018 6:37 AM
Answers · 8
I don't think I will ever look at this song in quite the same way again! When I hear the song it is clearly a love song, but if you just read the words, without ever having heard it sung, it could be interpreted as being a stalker's manifesto. A good example of how context is everything.
November 1, 2018
When it was written, I don't think that the word "stalker" had been coined. He doesn't say that he will be following her, just watching her. As I see it, he wants to emphasise how much he misses her.
November 1, 2018
It's a stalker song. In many, many interviews, Sting (the lead singer and the guy who wrote the song) has said that it was a stalker song. It was never intended to be anything other than creepy. People who hear it as a love song are either not paying attention to the words or have some unusual views on love.
November 1, 2018
Yes it definitely has creepy overtones - every game you play? Every smile you fake? I’ve come across treatments of this in books on language usage but I can’t remember where.
November 1, 2018
You spoilt that song for me too...
November 1, 2018
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Yusuke
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