Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

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"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
Single by The Police
from the album Ghost in the Machine
B-side "Flexible Strategies"
Released 2 November 1981
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, 1981
Length 4:22
Label A&M - AMS 8174
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Hugh Padgham, Stewart Copeland, Sting, Andy Summers
The Police singles chronology
"Invisible Sun"
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
"Spirits in the Material World"
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"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[1] and hit number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year.[2]


Although recorded in 1981, Sting wrote the song as early as 1976.[3] An early (1977) demo of the song can be heard on the Strontium 90 album Strontium 90: Police Academy.

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.[4] 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."[5]

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."[5]

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."

The song has received a highly positive retrospective review from Allmusic journalist Chris True, who praised the lyrics and described the song as "pop brilliance".[6]


Track listing[edit]

7": A&M / AMS 8174 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - 3:58
  2. "Flexible Strategies" - 3:44

7": A&M / AMS 9170 (NL)[edit]

  1. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - 4:05
  2. "Shambelle" - 5:10


Chart (1981) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[7] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 5
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 3

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Singles Charts for the week of November 14, 1981, The Official Charts.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 497.
  3. ^ Lyrics by Sting, The Dial Press, 2007, page 56.
  4. ^ Summers, Andy (2007). One Train Later, 1st Edition (St. Martin's Griffin), page 294.
  5. ^ a b Garbarini, Vic (Spring 2000). "I think if we came back...", Revolver.
  6. ^ Chris True. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Chart history, Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Rit's House overview". Allmusic.com. 
  9. ^ "Lee Ritenour Rit's House". Smooth-jazz.de. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Memoryhouse covers The Police". Avclub.com. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
Preceded by
"It's My Party" by Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
UK number one single
14 November 1981 - 20 November 1981
Succeeded by
"Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie

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