I’ve been on a Sting kick of late. Nothing wrong with that.
Many reoccurring themes run through his songs: angels, love triangles, loss of religious faith, commitment, winter; but one theme has remained constant in Sting’s writing for 35 years: the sea.
Though he sang in a Jamaican accent from 1978 to 1981, Sting actually grew up in seafaring Newcastle, England- just a few blocks from the shipyards that built the world’s largest ships. Being lost at sea has been a useful metaphor for loneliness, death and rhythm. It is a theme Sting has successfully gone back to many times. The most memorable:
THE WILD, WILD SEA, The Soul Cages (1991)
This song is obviously not about a hooker.
VALPARAISO, Mercury Falling (1996)
Set in Chile’s romantic bohemian port city of Valparaiso, this song follows two lovers traveling over the sea to meet.
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