Sting nails it with WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU?

Sting is the opposite of a one-hit wonder. And this little song shows off that he can write, too.

Here’s the video, which is a nice little black-and-white piece that doesn’t feature a single shot of Sting wailing into a microphone while the band plucks at guitars. I appreciate that.

And here are the lyrics, which is why I’m posting about this song. My favorite bit: “Dark angels follow me / Over a godless sea.” It’s a damn sight better than Justin “Dragracing to Deportation” Beiber’s “Baby, baby, baby.”

WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU by Sting

Under the dog star sail
Over the reefs of moonshine
Under the skies of fall
North, north west, the Stones of Faroe

Under the Arctic fire
Over the seas of silence
Hauling on frozen ropes
For all my days remaining
But would north be true?

All colours bleed to red
Asleep on the ocean’s bed
Drifting on empty seas
For all my days remaining

But would north be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?
Dark angels follow me
Over a godless sea
Mountains of endless fog,
For all my days remaining,

What would be true?

Sometimes I see your face,
The stars seem to lose their place
Why must I think of you?
Why must I?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?
Why would you want me to?
And what would it mean to say,
That, “I loved you in my fashion”?

What would be true?
Why should I?
Why should I cry for you?

5 thoughts on “Sting nails it with WHY SHOULD I CRY FOR YOU?

  1. I caught a clip of a live performance of this song from about 2010, which really got me back into listening to Sting. You’re right that the lyrics are brilliant. I don’t know if it helps to hear that it’s about losing his dad. I interpreted it less literally, more as processing feelings about a breakup. The lost-at-sea feeling in this song, Mad About You and others from that era all evoke similar imagery in my mind.

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  2. Take a listen to Ghost Story by Sting. It is a follow-up to him processing the death of his father (which is the subject of “Why Should I Cry For You”). Together the songs tell a fantastic story.

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