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Every Breath You Take

"Every Breath You Take" is a song, written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. It was originally released on 1983's Synchronicity (see 1983 in music), a blockbuster album. The single was one of the biggest singles of 1983, topping the Billboard Music Charts (North America) for eight weeks. While the song sounds like a sedate and seemingly harmonious love ballad, the lyrics are actually describing the motivations of a stalker, who is watching "every breath you take/every move you make".

The song's hook was the basis for Puff Daddy's collaborative tribute to slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., also titled "Every Breath You Take", recorded with Faith Evans[?] and 112[?]. The song was performed with Sting himself at the Grammy Awards. As with much of Puff Daddy's releases, his song was criticized for a perceived over-reliance on the original song.

"Guitarist Andy Summers[?] picks a nearly identical arpeggio pattern on each chord he plays, and Sting's bass line keeps a steady eighth-note pulse without much rhythmic variation" says Steve Huey of allmusic.com (http://www.allmusic.com).

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