Fortress Around Your Heart

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"Fortress Around Your Heart"
Single by Sting
from the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles
B-side Shadows in the Rain (Europe)
Consider Me Gone (live) (USA)
Released 1 October 1985
Format 7", 12"
Genre Rock, New wave
Length 4:48
Label A&M
Producer(s) Sting, Peter Smith
Sting singles chronology
"Love Is the Seventh Wave"
(1985)
"Fortress Around Your Heart"
(1985)
"Russians"
(1985)

"Fortress Around Your Heart" is one of four hit singles released from Sting's 1985 solo debut album The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

The song was included on the U.S. release of the Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 compilation album.

Song information[edit]

This was inspired by Sting's divorce. The pain he felt when he couldn't make his first marriage work led him to write some of his biggest hits, including "Every Breath You Take" and "King of Pain". Sting wrote the song in the studio in Barbados in 1985. The song features a Branford Marsalis sax solo,[1] and the influence of Chinese music can clearly be heard in the verses. The inspiration for this song was the pain he felt from the failure of his first marriage. In a Musician magazine interview later that year, he said:

"'Fortress' is about appeasement, about trying to bridge the gaps between individuals. The central image is a minefield that you've laid around this other person to try and protect them. Then you realise that you have to walk back through it. I think it's one of the best choruses I've ever written."

During one of Sting's first performances of the song in concert in Paris, his crew lowered a tiny fortress onto the stage in a parody of the similar Stonehenge scene from the film This Is Spinal Tap.[2]

Single release[edit]

The song was also released as a single, and reached #8 and #49 on the U.S. and U.K. singles charts, respectively. It also reached #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart, becoming his second consecutive #1 hit on this chart.[3]

Bring on the Night[edit]

During rehearsals for this tour, Sting had a camera crew along to make a documentary called Bring on the Night.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "discography.albums". Sting.com. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  2. ^ Hirshey, Gerri. "Sting feels the burn", Rolling Stone, September 1985.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 606.