Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
|"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"|
|Single by The Police|
|from the album Ghost in the Machine|
|Released||2 November 1981|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Recorded||Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, 1981|
|Label||A&M - AMS 8174|
|Producer(s)||Hugh Padgham, Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers|
|The Police singles chronology|
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" is a song by British rock group The Police from their album Ghost in the Machine. The song, notable for featuring a piano player (uncommon for Police songs), dates back to a demo recorded in 1977. It was also a hit single that reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom (topping its predecessor, "Invisible Sun") in November 1981 and hit number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year.
The piano part was added by session keyboardist Jean Roussel, whom Sting invited to play on the track against the wishes of his bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. Feeling that the arrangement of the track was not enough like The Police sound, Summers and Copeland attempted to change the track. However, as Stewart Copeland remembers, "I remember saying, 'Okay put up Sting's original demo and I'll show you how crummy it is.' So Sting stood over me and waved me through all the changes. I did just one take, and that became the record. Then Andy did the same thing on the guitar. We just faced the music, but the bullet, and used Sting's arrangements and demo. Damn."
In the chorus, Sting, not knowing any other words to rhyme with "magic," used the word "tragic." Stewart Copeland said of this moment, " I remember Sting for years trying to think of a rhyme for 'magic', as in 'Every Little Things She Does Is Magic.' I think the only word he could come up with, apart from 'tragic', was 'pelagic', which means 'ocean going'. There I was in my leather pants and punk hairdo, pondering the distinction between ocean-going and river-going fish."
Sting reprised the lyrics of the second verse to the end of the song "O My God" issued on the band's next album. These lyrics were repeated once more in "Seven Days" on Sting's solo album Ten Summoner's Tales.
"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."
- Sting - bass guitar, lead and backing vocals
- Andy Summers - guitars
- Stewart Copeland - drums
- Jean Roussel - piano, synthesiser
7": A&M / AMS 8174 (UK)
- "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - 3:58
- "Flexible Strategies" - 3:44
7": A&M / AMS 9170 (NL)
- "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - 4:05
- "Shambelle" - 5:10
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||2|
|Dutch Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||7|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||3|
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (October 2014)|
- The Shadows covered the song on their 1990 album Reflection.
- The Celtic/Folk duo Jay and Abby Michaels - The Harper and The Minstrel performed the song as an acoustic ballad on their 2008 album For A Moment.
- The American rock band Ra covered the song on their 2005 album Duality.
- Shawn Colvin recorded the song (with a pronoun change) on her 1994 Grammy-nominated album Cover Girl.
- John Mayer included the first few lines of the song while playing his hit "Your Body Is a Wonderland" on the live compilation Live in the X Lounge IV.
- American soul pianist John Legend borrowed the instrumentation from the verses on his collaboration, "Around My Way" with Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli.
- Harlem rapper Jim Jones sampled the instrumentation to make his own version of "Around My Way" with Max B.
- John Barrowman covered the song on his album, Another Side, in 2007.
- The Nylons covered the song on their a cappella album, Play On, released in 2002.
- Julie Collings released the song on her Don't EP in 2007, and her version was featured on Coverville episode 325.
- Filipino acoustic band MYMP covered the song in 2003, retitled "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic", on their album Soulful Acoustic.
- Mashup artist Girl Talk used a sample from this song in his 2008 CD Feed the Animals.
- Mitchel Musso covered the song for Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place soundtrack.
- The song appears on ¡Policia! - A Tribute to the Police, released by The Militia Group in 2005. It was performed by Anadivine.
- Jazz fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour covered the song from the 2005 album "Rit's House."
- A version, called Magic, by the Black Eyed Peas was done for Legally Blonde and can be found on the movie's soundtrack.
- Chaka Demus covered the song on the Police Tribute 1997 album Reggatta Mondatta: Reggae Tribute to the Police.
- Ja Rule, sampled the song on his 2009 album The Mirror, on the song "Free", with help from Ashely Joi.
- Gloria Estefan & Joe Jonas teamed up for a salsa-version of the song performed in the music talent show, The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep.
- Dream pop music group Memoryhouse performed a version of the song in March 2012 for The A.V. Club 's A.V. Undercover series.
- Sleeping At Last covered the song for the television series Grey's Anatomy in 2014.
- Petula Clark covered the song as "Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic" on her album An Hour In Concert in 1983.
- List of European number-one hits of 1981
- List of number-one singles from the 1980s (UK)
- List of number-one mainstream rock hits (United States)
- UK Singles Charts for the week of November 14, 1981, The Official Charts.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 497.
- Lyrics by Sting, The Dial Press, 2007, page 56.
- Summers, Andy (2007). One Train Later, 1st Edition (St. Martin's Griffin), page 294.
- Garbarini, Vic (Spring 2000). "I think if we came back...", Revolver.
- Chris True. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- Chart history, Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- "Rit's House overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Lee Ritenour Rit's House". Smooth-jazz.de. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
- "Memoryhouse covers The Police". Avclub.com. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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