Thursday, January 23, 2014

Every Breath You Take (The Police)

Not many rock songs pull off the neat trick of being simple and profound at the same time. "Every Breath You Take" not only pulled this off, it was a massive hit into the bargain. The magic is in the lyrics, which are easily mistaken for conventional love song lyrics. On closer inspection, they may or may not be the ravings of a deranged, dangerous psychopath. But the poignance of the melody, which has a lingering quality, makes the song's emotional heft stick. And it is universal- we all have a little bit of the voyeur somewhere in us. If this song sounds down the ages, that's the reason.

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