Running the Country

Album: Left Side Of The Brain (2007)
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Songfacts®:

  • The theme of this song is Nepotism, which is something the band's lead singer/songwriter Joe Sumner knows something about: he's the son of Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting. And while Joe is fully aware of his legacy and struggles to step out of his father's shadow, this song is about something different. Says Sumner: "It discusses how unqualified and possibly unsuitable people can be, who find themselves in positions of power because of who they are."

    Sumner has accepted some help from his dad - Fiction Plane opened for The Police on part of their 2007 reunion tour. Said Joe: "I just figured if it's gonna happen anywhere, I might as well take full advantage. I think we're ready, we've got a great band and great songs."

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