If I had a dollar for every time I read somewhere or heard someone say they realized that “Every Breath You Take” by The Police sounded a bit creepy and stalkerish to them, I’d have a lot of dollars. As an 80s kid, I remember when the song was widely known as hopeless romantic, even a great first dance song for a wedding.
Technically the lyrics are about a stalker, but it is such a beautiful classic song, it just sounds like a love song.
Well, I’d like to offer up a third interpretation. Listen again as the mom of lovingly replying to her daughter’s babbles as conversation. Or as the Dad, clasping his hands trying not to help his son as he shakily takes his first steps.
Every breath you take and every move you make
Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you
Every single day and 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
How my poor heart aches with every step you take
In those few precious beautiful moments after you set down your 6 month old before you gingerly step out of his room and close the door without waking her, when you watch his peaceful face, you’ll understand.
Ok maybe some of the lyrics don’t work out perfectly. But, you know that “Ring Around the Rosie” is about dying, right? And what do you think happened to all those people on London Bridge?