Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

Album: Ghost in the Machine (1981)
Charted: 1 3
  • Though I've tried before to tell her
    Of the feelings I have for her in my heart
    Every time that I come near her I just lose my nerve
    As I've done from the start

    Every little thing she does is magic
    Everything she do just turns me on
    Even though my life before was tragic
    Now I know my love for her goes on

    Do I have to tell the story
    Of a thousand rainy days since we first met
    It's a big enough umbrella
    But it's always me that ends up getting wet.

    Every little thing she does is magic
    Everything she do just turns me on
    Even though my life before was tragic
    Now I know my love for her goes on

    I resolved to call her up a thousand times a day.
    And ask her if she'll marry me in some old fashioned way.
    But my silent fears have gripped me long before I reach the phone
    Long before my time has tripped me must I always be alone

    Every little thing she does is magic
    Everything she do just turns me on
    Even though my life before was tragic
    Now I know my love for her goes on

    Every little thing she does is magic
    Everything she do just turns me on
    Even though my life before was tragic
    Now I know my love for her goes on

    Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
    Every little thing, every little thing, every little thing, every little thing
    Every little, every little, ever little, every little thing she does
    Every little thing she does
    Every little thing she does
    Every little thing she does

    Beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo
    Beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo, beo

    Every little thing
    Every little thing
    Every little thing
    She do is
    Magic, magic, magic
    Magic, magic, magic

    Hey oh yo oh

    Thousand rainy days since we first met
    It's a big enough umbrella, but it's always me that ends getting wetWriter/s: GORDON SUMNER
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Patrick Verda from Bloomington, Il UsaHere's a cool analysis of the tune itself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZavJLr5Otq4&sns=em
  • David from OttawaHe doesn't want to call her 1000 times a day. He wants to call her once, and 1000 times a day he resolves to do it. But he never does.
  • Dan from IdahoI always thought the line "I resolve to call her up 1000 times a day" sounded creepy. Think about it, with 86,400 seconds in a day, this would mean he'd be calling her every 86.4 seconds (spread out over 24 hours). After the fourth or fifth call you'd probably have the police (heh!) at your door.
  • Marc from Shelton, CtTo follow up on Dennis from Anchorage's point regarding instances when Sting actually quotes himself from previous lyrics, the example Dennis is thinking of from Sting's 2nd solo album, Nothing Like The Sun, occurs at the tail end of the song "We'll Be Together." As the song fades out, Sting wails "If you need somebody...If you wanna keep something precious....Love somebody....Love somebody....If you love somebody...", lines directly lifted from "If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free" off his 1st solo album, Dream of the Blue Turtles. Curiously, Sting claims that "We'll Be Together" is an antidote to "If You Love Somebody...", which in turn he claims was an antidote to "Every Breath You Take." Yet the 1st and 3rd tracks convey very different messages in drastically different musical styles despite claiming to both be the antidote of the same song. Hmmmm?
  • Marc from Shelton, CtFollowing the aforementioned point that this song was recorded in Canada (Montreal to be exact), the prominent piano part was added by Canadian session keyboardist Jean Roussel, whom Sting had invited to play on the track against the wishes of his bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. Summers did not approve of Roussel's inclusion in the track, claiming that he was "incredibly pushy" and that "there wasn't room for him. He must have played 12 piano parts on that song alone." Copeland, on the other hand, said that Roussel "wasn't pushy ... He was just like us actually." Roussel also worked with Cat Stevens, Celine Dion and Dusty Springfield, among others, but by virtue of his contribution on this classic song, Roussel made his way into the trivia books as being the only NON-member of The Police to ever appear on one of their studio tracks. All of the other Police songs from all 5 of their studio albums were performed by some combination of only Sting, Stewart and Andy. Interesting, eh?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 15th 1982, the Police perform in concert* at the Boston Garden in Boston, MA
    At the time the trio's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" is at position #34 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; six weeks earlier on November 29th, 1981 it peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks}...
    {See the next post below}...
    * The concert's opening act were the Go-Go's; and nine days later on January 24th the quintet's "We Got the Beat" enters the Top 100 at position #79.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 20th 1981, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #66; and on November 29th, 1981 it peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks} and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 {for 1 week} on November 1st, 1981 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart {it also peaked at #1 in Ireland and the Netherlands}...
    Between 1979 and 1997 the British trio had thirteen Top 100 records; seven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Every Breath You Take" for 8 weeks on July 3rd, 1983...
    They just missed having an eighth Top 10 record when "Spirits in the Material World" reached #11 {for 2 weeks} on March 7th, 1982.
  • Keith from London, United KingdomI agree with James (Westchester) and wario (London) this song sums me completely to a tee and has been following me everywhere I go.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlLove the vocals to this! It's great! Very good song!
  • Matt from Galway, IrelandOne of my fave songs by the Police, who were now a little less punk and making more use of synths. In fact, the caribbean inspired keyboard is irresistible, one of the best things about these songs.
  • Hari from Bangalore, IndiaAn unconfirmed rumour has it that Sting wrote it for the wife of this Indian magician, PC Sorcar.
  • Tessa from Washingtonville, PaI have always enjoyed listening to this song. It makes you feel good. The Police are cool.
  • Wario from London City, United KingdomI agree with James this is about a guy who is too shy to approach a women he is smitten with. A big enough umbrella but he always getting wet is a reference to his uncertainty. It always seems to rain on him when he tries to find love, with this women.
  • Susan from Toronto, CanadaThis is one of my favorite songs ever...but the album it's on GHOST IN THE MACHINE is otherwise terrible, to my tastes. I read Sting say other people were copying the Police's original sound, so they decided to change their sound for GHOST. To me it's sterile and overly "synthy." So I've played "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" a million times, and the rest of GHOST songs hardly at all!
  • Scott from West Palm Beach, FlHey Evileye_8: ??? That's like claiming Ferrari gets a bad image from the movie Red Line ... totally lame movie, but great car(s) ... c'mon.
  • Jeff from Branford, CtI just heard the Strontium 90 version from the CD, Police Academy. Its a great version, if you like this song you will love it.
  • Barry from New York, NyThe entire GHOST IN THE MACHINE album blew me away when it was released back in 1981. To me it has a dark sci fi feel to it, almost like it was recorded in outer space or on another planet! Strange but that's what it seemed like to me and I was only 10 or 11 years old back then. The tune "Secret Journey" is the best example, check that tune out.
  • James from Westchester, EnglandDo tell, Roger from Los Angeles... the meaning of the song seems simply clear to me. A man is too shy to approach the woman of his dreams. What am I missing?
  • Dennis from Anchorage, AkActually, Sting used that trick of quoting his own songs pretty frequently. I think he does it as a running joke from album to album, or used to. He quotes 'Every Breath You Take' in 'Love is the Seventh Wave' on The Dream of the Blue Turtles. I don't remember right now which song from 'Turtles' he quoted in 'Nothing Like the Sun,' but I remember he did it then too.
  • Evileye_8@msn.com from Perth, Australiayeah your right.
    it only brings down the image of the band.
  • Roger from Los Angeles, CaI was disappointed to see a preview for the movie Bewitched and see that this song is used in the movie. Shame on Sting (or whoever has the rights to Police songs) for giving this lame movie permission to use this song. This song, along with Every Breath You Take, have to be two of the most misunderstood songs of all time.
  • Ronnie from Ft. Meyers, FlSting was writing this song in the back of a tour bus and was attempting to write a song that rhymed sort of like a poem. He turned to Stewart Copeland, who was sitting behind him, and said "Can you think of a word that rhymes with magic?" Copeland said "Tragic?" and that was how the line "Even though my life before was tragic" came about.
  • Eddie from Lachine, Mi Mel Gibson uses the "I resolve to call (her)you up a thousand times a day, and ask you(her) if you'll(she'll) marry me in some old-fashioned way" line in the movie "Conspiracy Theory" to tell Julia Roberts' character that he loves her.
    She blows him off. "Those are song lyrics."
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