All This Time (Sting song)
|"All This Time"|
|Single by Sting|
|from the album The Soul Cages|
|B-side||""I Miss You Kate"
"King of Pain" (live)
|Released||8 January 1991|
|Format||CD maxi, 7" single
12" maxi, Cassette
|Genre||Pop rock, Pop, Rock, Soft rock|
|Sting singles chronology|
"All This Time" is a 1991 single by Sting. It was the first single from his 1991 album The Soul Cages album. Being the album's most radio friendly track, the song was a chart success, especially on the American charts, where it reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped both the Mainstream and Modern Rock Tracks charts.
The lyrics provide a reference to the death of Sting's father, symbolized by the image of a young boy, Billy, who, at the death of his father, wishes to bury him at sea instead of going through the Catholic rites:
"Two priests are at Billy's father's deathbed—he's been injured in a shipyard accident—and Billy doesn't want the ritual that's being served up, he wants to take his father and bury him at sea."— Sting, Q, 2/91 
Despite the dark lyrics, the uptempo tune of the song foils their macabre undertone:
"It's about the death of my father, so it's pretty dark as a record but on this song the words are foiled by this fairly jolly tune. That's something I like to do quite a lot, combine dark subject matter with up music. No, it's not based on a dream. The lyrics seem surreal, but they are all images I remembered from my home town: ferries, priests, shire horses. I grew up by the shipyards. I just wanted to escape. I suppose it was quite a surreal place, though. It is the landscape of my dreams"— Sting, Independent On Sunday, 11/94 
The imaginary character, Billy, is also referred to in the lyrics to the opening song on The Soul Cages, "Island Of Souls".
"All This Time" opened the set on The Soul Cages tour. After this, the song was not performed again until 2000 during the Brand New Day tour. The song lent its name to the ...All This Time live album which was recorded on September 11, 2001, at Sting's villa in Tuscany.
The music video depicts the wry, black humour of the song. It featured Melanie Griffith and Sting's wife Trudie Styler dressed as French maids, and recreated the overcrowded stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers' 1935 film A Night at the Opera.
- 7" single / Cassette
- "All This Time" — 3:59
- "I Miss You Kate" — 3:48
- 12" maxi
- "All This Time"
- "King of Pain" (live)
- CD maxi
- "All This Time" — 4:02
- "I Miss You Kate" — 3:44
- "King of Pain" (live) — 7:14
- List of number-one mainstream rock hits (U.S.)
- List of number-one modern rock hits of 1991 (U.S.)
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1991
- Sting.com: Song details for All This Time: Description
- Sting.com: Song details for All This Time: Artist Comments
- Sting.com: Song details for Island Of Souls: Lyrics
- "All This Time", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
- "All This Time", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-09-15.