We'll Be Together (Sting song)

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"We'll Be Together"
UK 12" single releases
Single by Sting
from the album ...Nothing Like the Sun
A-side We'll Be Together
B-side Conversation With a Dog
Released 1987 (1987)
Format 7", 12", CD
Genre Dance-rock, funk rock
Length 4:52
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Bryan Loren, Sting
Sting singles chronology
"We Work the Black Seam"
(1986)
"We'll Be Together"
(1987)
"Be Still My Beating Heart"
(1988)
...Nothing Like the Sun track listing
"Fragile"
(6)
"We'll Be Together"
(7)
"Straight to My Heart"
(8)

"We'll Be Together" is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter Sting. It was released in 1987 as the lead single from his second studio album, ...Nothing Like the Sun. It is one of Sting's most recognizable and popular songs in North America.

Background[edit]

In 2004 during the North American dates of Sting's Sacred Love Tour, he was joined by Annie Lennox. During the tour, this was the only song that the two performed together. They then recorded a version of the song together which later appeared on the soundtrack for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Sting originally wrote the song for a beer commercial for Kirin Brewery Company. The original recording included Eric Clapton on guitar, while other takes feature Bryan Loren instead. The original would surface later on Sting's 1994 greatest hits album Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994.

Lyrics from Sting's 1985 song "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" are featured near the end of the song.

Release[edit]

"We'll Be Together" was released as the first single from ...Nothing Like the Sun, backed with "Conversation With a Dog". The single achieved chart success, reaching number #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was less successful in Sting's home country, where it peaked at #41 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in black-and-white and was directed by Mary Lambert, based on the film Orpheus, and includes an appearance by Sting's wife Trudie Styler. Sting wears a homemade jumper (sweater) in the video based on the Belgian cartoon The Adventures of Tintin.

The video opens with a pan shot that centers on Sting (as the poet Marias) in the jumper. The music starts to play as he looks in a mirror, holds up his hands. He starts when he touches the mirror, turns. Outside the French Café des Poètes, men are casting dice in the street. A mural painter begins work, and the men start to dance. The poet climbs over the back of a booth and sits on the back of the seat. He puts on glasses, starts to sing and to write in a journal. Female dancers join the men. Outside the cafe, a beautiful woman (Styler as Casares) arrives in a car. She gets out, followed by a man (Sting as Cègeste) who seems very drunk.

The poet looks at the woman face-to-face, has an encounter with the man following her. He passes on, sits with another group of people. Behind him, the drunken Cègeste picks up the poetry sheets and puts them in his pocket. He starts to dance with the men. He follows the woman, touches her intimately, and she hits him in the face. They exchange blows and spectators finally interfere. The cafe dissolves into a brawl. The police arrive and try to break up the fight. Some of the men get the drunken Cègeste into the car again and the woman follows him as the poet watches. He gets into the car, too, as the dancers continue behind him. He sings to the woman, tells her they'll be together tonight. The car leaves the cafe. Dancers in front of the cafe turn over their chairs and exit.

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Single (A&M – SP-12251)
  1. "We'll Be Together (Extended Mix)" - 5:54
  2. "We'll Be Together (Instrumental Version)" - 4:10
  3. "We'll Be Together (Album Version)" - 4:50
  4. "Conversation With a Dog" - 3:24
  5. "We'll Be Together (Previous Version)" - 4:30
  • 7" Single (A&M – AM 410)
  1. "We'll Be Together" - 4:52
  2. "Conversation With a Dog" - 3:24

Sales chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[1] 46
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 33
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[4] 41
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 7
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lescharts.com – Sting – We'll Be Together" (in French). Les classement single.
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts (search by artist: Sting)". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sting search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ Allmusic.com

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