All This Time (5:21)

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All This Time is a 1991 single by Sting. It was first released on Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages. The song was the first single from album.

Being the album’s most radio friendly track, the song was a chart success, especially on the American charts, where it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped both the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts.

The lyrics are a flashback to Sting’s childhood where he is dealing with the death of his father and wishes to bury him at sea instead of going through the Catholic rites. Despite the dark lyrics, the jolly tune of the song foils their macabre undertone:

“It’s about the death of my father, so its pretty dark as a record but on this song the words are foiled by this fairly jolly tune. That’s something I like to do quite a lot, combine dark subject matter with up music. No, its not based on a dream. The lyrics seem surreal, but they are all images I remembered from my home town: ferries, priests, shire horses. I grew up by the shipyards. I just wanted to escape. I suppose it was quite a surreal place, though. It is the landscape of my dreams”

The song usually opened the set on the Soul Cages tour. After this, the song was not played for several years till the Brand New Day tour, when it reclaimed its place in the set list. The song lent its name to the …All This Time live album which was recorded on the 11th of September, 2001 at Sting’s villa in Tuscany.


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  • Ksimi

    Came to appreciate this track 24 years after its release. Better late than never

    9 Apr 8:29pm Reply
  • N0dr0g

    That's better!

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • abbi98

    Not digging this live version. Why does frequently switch out the album version?

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    The original recording of this song was great, moody, appropriate for the lyrics. Why Sting has to "funk" up this stuff live, I don't understand. [2]

    24 Apr 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    This and the other songs on The Soul Cages make it impossible to choose a favorite Sting song (or a favorite song, for that matter…)

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Golzheimer

    famos song

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    totally uplifiting

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • shedonist

    "You unloved this track" :(

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tabletopdrummer

    always entertaining when sting shows up to do a tune...(show off!)

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    "Jazz it up" is a phrase that shouldn't have been applied to this song...[2]

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Lizbeast

    Agree with pjperezvegas :/ This totally ruins the song for me.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
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    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Ulrich29

    einfach und echt gut!!

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • pjperezvegas

    The original recording of this song was great, moody, appropriate for the lyrics. Why Sting has to "funk" up this stuff live, I don't understand.

    21 Sep 2011 Reply


    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bigmanbmoney

    i believe this is what Stewart is talking about when he says "Sting's whole jazzy, rock-lite" direction..

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • kikikirsche

    ♪♫♥♪♫♪♥ loveeee

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • wack1985

    lmbo at the post below mine! honestly!

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • honeycone42

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK ”

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • wibble420

    "Jazz it up" is a phrase that shouldn't have been applied to this song...

    26 Jul 2010 Reply
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