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
Genre
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"
(1981)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
(1981)
"Spirits in the Material World"
(1981)
Ghost in the Machine track listing
"Spirits in the Material World"
(1)
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
(2)
Invisible Sun
(3)
Greatest Hits track listing
"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
(8)
"Every Little Thing She Does is Magic"
(9)
"Invisible Sun"
(10)
Audio sample
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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. It was also a hit single that reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom in November 1981[1] and hit number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year.[2]

Content[edit]

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]

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".[5]

Performance credits[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 5
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 3

Cover versions[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

The song appears in the video game Karaoke Revolution Party and Lego Rock Band, The Office episode entitled "Phyllis's Wedding" in Season 3 and in the 2005 film Bewitched.

The song was referenced in the video game Warcraft II, where the cheat code "every little thing she does" instantly gives the player all magic-related upgrades.[10]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ Chris True. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  6. ^ a b c Chart history, Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Rit's House overview". Allmusic.com. 
  8. ^ "Lee Ritenour Rit's House". Smooth-jazz.de. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  9. ^ "Memoryhouse covers The Police". Avclub.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Warcraft II: Cheats". Battle.net. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
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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