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Every Bomb You Make (EDIT: No show - 22:03)


Sting is set to sing Grant and Naylor's satirical version of Every Breath you Take, entitled Every Bomb You Make at one of tomorrow's Live8 concert.

I can't wait, to be honest. The name of the song makes it sound a bit bland and by the books SATIRES, but this is Rob and Doug we're talking about here - arguably the best thing that ever happened to Spitting Image, writing wise. I'm sure it's good (I've not heard the original).

I'll hopefully have an MP3 and AVI of the song uploaded sometime tomorrow and linked to from here. I'm not sure if Live8 actually want donations but if they do, I'll donate something to justify my THEFT.

Alternatively, watch BBC TWO from 1pm to see it live for yourself!

Until then, the lyrics:

Every bomb you make,
Every job you take,
Every heart you break, every irish wake,
I’ll be watching you,
Every wall you build,
Every one you’ve killed,
Every grave you’ve filled, all the blood you’ve spilled,
I’ll be watching you,
Oh, can’t you see,
You belong to me?

EDIT: Sting didn't sing the Grant Naylor lyrics, in the end. Instead he opted to simply insert the word 'democracy' into his famous stalker song. Great.


I've got a nice piece about this in 'Tooth And Claw' (a great behind-the-scenes book on SI). I'll type it up later.

By John Hoare on 02-07-05 @ 11:03

I didn't see the original broadcast either, but I'm pretty sure it was great. The impact would have come as it's a very serious piece at the end of a comedy show. Sometimes, these can be done abominably, but I suspect that SI did it really well. Of course, I don't *know*... but Tooth & Claw likes it, anyway.

I wouldn't be surprised if it loses some of its impact at Live8, sadly. But still! Grant Naylor lyrics! Sung at Live8!

He should have done The Chicken Song, though. Now that *would* have been worth tuning in for.

By John Hoare on 02-07-05 @ 11:06

I saw it on a repeat on (I think) Granada Plus a couple of years ago, and was astounded at its impact, even ten-plus years later.

By Ian Symes on 02-07-05 @ 12:05

Sting's set at 8 tonight, everyone!

By Cappsy on 02-07-05 @ 14:25


By John Hoare on 02-07-05 @ 21:35

I think he *did* change some words... but that wasn't 'Every Bomb You Make'.

Did they bottle out, then?

By Cappsy on 02-07-05 @ 21:39

Looks like it. I bet they thought it was too inflammatory, or something.

Bastard. I hate Sting even more, now.

By John Hoare on 02-07-05 @ 21:49

Unless there was some major getting-wrong of facts over at TOS.

By Seb Patrick on 02-07-05 @ 22:11

During an interview with Jonathon Ross near the start he (sting) did mention he was asked to change some of the lyrics. He said he'd be singing "we'll be watching you"

By Karl on 02-07-05 @ 22:44


"Bells ring as we hear of Sting’s plan to use Spitting Image puppets at Live 8 in a version of Every Breath You Take with the chorus changed to “We’ll be watching you”. Those with long memories might recall him doing exactly the same thing in 1984, on Spitting Image itself, with a song called Every Bomb You Make."


By Cappsy on 03-07-05 @ 10:59

Oh, good. You see, I'm missing "Live 8" on Channel 9 right now (they're not showing it live: a cable station did that) and so it seems I'm not misisng anything.

By antipodean on 03-07-05 @ 12:43

He still gypped us, though. Damn him.

By antipodean on 03-07-05 @ 12:44

I've been looking for the lyrics that he did sing. He did use something different than Every Breath, but of course the censors were with their hand on the switch the broadcast buttons so he probably wouldn't have gotten his message past them if he went with the G & N version. Anyway I think the G & N version would have fallen on deaf ears because of it's rawness. Too much for them to consume at once so to speak, considering we've been blasted by media conservativism all our lives. Anyway if you find out which words he did change let me know.

By BlueTrim on 03-07-05 @ 18:42

I've got work at 7 in the morning, you know. I don't think doing this article now is wise. Ah well. So, apart from Sting and/or the Live8 organisers being (a) complete and utter cunt(s), what else is going on....

From Ganymede and Titan on 04-07-05 @ 02:28
Read more in John's Newsround - 4/07/05 »

I think the lyrics he sung were "Oh can't you see, that our democracy, is just a game we play, no matter what we say"?

By BlueTrim on 04-07-05 @ 07:09

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