Music Monday – A Brand New Day


Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner was born in October of 1951 and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Following work as a bus conductor, a construction laborer, and a tax officer, he attended a teachers college and in the mid 1970s taught elementary school children. During weekends, evenings and breaks from teaching Gordon would play in jazz bands. While performing he’d wear a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes. Some thought the sweater made him look like a bee. Soon he would be nicknamed “Sting”.

The rest — as they say — is history. An international sensation he’s received sixteen Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, and several Oscar nominations. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sting is one of my favorites.

I recently heard this song for the first time and loved it. It’s words touched me. How could it be that what you need the most can leave you feeling just like a ghost?

The song is a reaffirmation and a resignation to the cause of love. Whether it be between the sexes or between family members love can be a challenge. “Love is pain,” I hear you say.  Love has a cruel and bitter way.

But all is not lost: “You can turn the clock to zero, honey … We’re starting up a brand new day”

Here’s hoping you enjoy the music video below! It’s what the art of the genre is all about!

(See too the lyrics below)

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What the heck!  This thing called Love?

How many of you people out there

Been hurt in some kind of love affair

And how many times do you swear that you’ll never love again?

How many lonely, sleepless nights

How many lies, how many fights

And why would you want to put yourself through all that again?

“Love is pain,” I hear you say

Love has a cruel and bitter way

Of paying you back for all the faith you ever had in your brain

How could it be that what you need the most

Can leave you feeling just like a ghost?

You never want to feel so sad and lost again

One day you could be looking

Through an old book in rainy weather

You see a picture of her smiling at you

When you were still together

You could be walking down the street

And who should you chance to meet

But that same old smile that you’ve been thinking of all day

You can turn the clock to zero, honey

I’ll sell the stock, we’ll spend all the money

We’re starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock all the way back

I wonder if she’ll take me back

I’m thinking in a brand new way

Turn the clock to zero, sister

You’ll never know how much I missed her

Starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero, boss

The river’s wide, we’ll swim across

Started up a brand new day

It could happen to you – just like it happened to me

There’s simply no immunity – there’s no guarantee

I say love’s such a force – if you find yourself in it And sometimes no reflection is there

Baby wait a minute, wait a minute

Wait a minute, wait a minute

Wait a minute, wait a minute

Turn the clock to zero, honey

I’ll sell the stock, we’ll spend all the money

We’re starting up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero, Mac

I’m begging her to take me back

I’m thinking in a brand new way

Turn the clock to zero, boss

The river’s wide, we’ll swim across

Started up a brand new day

Turn the clock to zero buddy

Don’t wanna be no fuddy duddy

Started up a brand new day

I’m the rhythm in your tune

I’m the sun and you’re the moon

I’m a bat and you’re the cave

You’re the beach and I’m the wave

I’m the plow and you’re the land

You’re the glove and I’m the hand

I’m the train and you’re the station

I’m a flagpole to your nation – yeah

Stand up all you lovers in the world

Stand up and be counted every boy and every girl

Stand up all you lovers in the world

Starting up a brand new day

You’re the crop to my rotation

You’re the sum of my equation

I’m the answer to your question

If you follow my suggestion

We can turn this ship around …

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