Rehumanize Yourself

Album: Ghost in the Machine (1981)

Songfacts®:

  • Written by Sting and Police drummer Stewart Copeland, this is the seventh track on the Ghost in the Machine album. The song is about how we can become disconnected from our humanity when placed in certain situations, like a police officer who takes on a different persona when he puts on the uniform, or a factory worker who can't see the result of his labor.
  • The line "They kick a boy to death 'cause he don't belong," from the first verse was inspired by a real-life tragedy that unfolded near Sting's home when a gang of skinheads kicked a young man to death. Sting remembered in Lyrics By Sting: "It was around the time my first son was born. When you become a father for the first time, peace and nonviolence becomes even more of an imperative."
  • This was featured in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party, starring Tom Hanks.

Comments: 1

  • Bill from UsPunk music configured to reach the masses, and boy did it!, this is a great song, that is an important part of such a great album, one that we played beginning to end, (don't do that much anymore) Ghost In the Machine is really a top ten of all time album for a lot of us. And so much is said in just really two stanzas!, 1938, 1981, today .....some things, well Sting knows.
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