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Shape Of My Heart by Sting
Album: Ten Summoner's TalesReleased: 1993Charted:
Sting (from a 1993 promotional interview): "I wanted to write about a card player, a gambler who gambles not to win but to try and figure out something; to figure out some kind of mystical logic in luck, or chance; some kind of scientific, almost religious law. So this guy's a philosopher, he's not playing for respect and he's not playing for money, he's just trying to figure out the law - there has to be some logic to it. He's a poker player so it's not easy for him to express his emotions, in fact he doesn't express anything, he has a mask, and it's just one mask and it never changes."
This is one of the rare songs that is co-written by Sting's longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller. In Lyrics By Sting, the singer remembered Miller bringing him the "beautiful guitar riff" and going for a walk along the riverbank and through the woods to figure out the lyrics. "When I got back, the whole song was written in my head. Dominic now thinks that I find lyrics under a rock somewhere... He could, of course, be right," Sting wrote.
This song was edited into the end of the 1994 movie Leon: The Professional
Both the Sugababes and Craig David sampled this and had hit singles with it in 2003 in the UK. The Sugababes' "Shape" made #11, and Craig David's "Rise And Fall
" made #2. On the latter, Sting even made an appearance in the video and performed the track with Craig David on live music shows.
Renowned harmonica player Larry Adler played on this song. Before collaborating with popular musicians like Sting, Elton John and Kate Bush in his later career, Adler worked with composers like George Gershwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Darius Milhaud - many of whom composed works specifically for him. Unfortunately, he would be blacklisted during the anti-Communist crusade led by Senator Joe McCarthy in the '50s.
This was featured on the TV crime drama Hustle in the 2011 episode "The Delivery."