|Single by The Police|
|from the album Ghost in the Machine|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Producer(s)||The Police, Hugh Padgham|
|The Police singles chronology|
"It's a quasi-mystical song. You have to do something, go somewhere, to get outside yourself. I read the book Meetings with Remarkable Men which says you have to make a journey. It doesn't have to be a real journey, it can be a mental journey."—Sting, Ghost in the Machine press release, October 1981
Sting mentioned the song in Lyrics by Sting, saying, "I was looking for some spiritual guidance in my own life and, after a few false leads, finally began to listen to the discrete language of my own heart."
"Secret Journey" was released as a single on May 1982 in the United States and Canada, as an alternative to the single "Invisible Sun" which was only released in some parts of Europe, such as the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was also released as a single in Australia (the only country to receive both the "Invisible Sun" and "Secret Journey" singles) and New Zealand.
The song charted at #29 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and also reached #46 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The B-side of "Secret Journey" was "Darkness," a Stewart Copeland penned track that was also from Ghost in the Machine. Copeland said of the track in 2000, "Darkness is a song about vertigo. I'm very proud of it, and there's not really much to say about it except that..."
The song was performed live only in America for ten days on the Ghost in the Machine Tour.
In the liner notes for Ghost in the Machine, "Secret Journey" was called a "superb song," while in the Melody Maker review of the album, it was called "the record's highest moment." Giovanni Dadamo of The Face noted the track as one of the "magic moments" on Ghost in the Machine, and it was also described as "perhaps the best cut on the album" by Chart Songwords. It received a positive review from AllMusic's Greg Prato.
- Sting – bass, lead and backing vocals
- Andy Summers – guitars, Roland synthesizer
- Stewart Copeland – drums, percussion
7": A&M / AM 2408-S (US)
- "Secret Journey" - 3:34
- "Darkness" - 3:14
|US Billboard Hot 100||46|
|US Billboard Top Rock Tracks||29|
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