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So Lonely
"So Lonely" is a song by English rock band The Police, released as the third and final single in November 1978 from their debut studio album Outlandos

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This article is about the song by The Police. For other uses, see So Lonely (disambiguation).

"So Lonely"Single by The Policefrom the album Outlandos d'AmourB-side"No Time This Time"Released3 November 1978FormatVinyl record (7")Recorded1978Genre
  • Reggae rock[1]
  • new wave
Length4:50 (album)
3:10 (single/video)LabelA&M – AMS 7402Songwriter(s)StingProducer(s)The PoliceThe Police singles chronology "Can't Stand Losing You"
(1978) "So Lonely"
(1978) "Message in a Bottle"
(1979) Alternative coverNL 7-inch cover

"So Lonely" is a song by English rock band The Police, released as the third and final single in November 1978 from their debut studio album Outlandos d'Amour (1978), and again in February 1980 as a re-release. The song uses a reggae style, and featured Sting on lead vocals.

"So Lonely" has since been covered by a variety of artists, such as Limbeck and The Militia Group.

The song is known for a famous mondegreen where the title is often misheard as "Sue Lawley," a broadcaster famous for presenting Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 from 1988 to 2006.

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Other appearances
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 Track listing
    • 4.1 7": A&M / AMS 7402 (UK)
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Sting admitted that he used Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" as the basis for this song:

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People thrashing out three chords didn't really interest us musically. Reggae was accepted in punk circles and musically more sophisticated, and we could play it, so we veered off in that direction. I mean let's be honest here, 'So Lonely' was unabashedly culled from 'No Woman No Cry' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. Same chorus. What we invented was this thing of going back and forth between thrash punk and reggae. That was the little niche we created for ourselves.

— Sting, Revolver 4/2000[2][3]

Sting recycled the lyrics in the song's verses from his earlier Last Exit song "Fool in Love". The lyrics themselves, about someone who is lonely after getting his heart broken, were thought to be "ironic" to large audiences.[3] Sting denied this claim, however, saying, "No, there's no irony whatsoever. From the outside it might look a bit strange, being surrounded by all this attention and yet experiencing the worst lonely feeling...but I do. And then suddenly the attention is withdrawn a half an hour later. You're so isolated..."[3]

"So Lonely" was released as the third and final single from Outlandos d'Amour in November 1978, following "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You." The single did not chart on the first occasion but reached No. 6 with its second release.[4] The other singles from Outlandos d'Amour followed a similar pattern of not charting very high in 1978, but doing very well on a re-release.

The video for the song depicts the band walking around the streets of Hong Kong and on the subway trains of Tokyo in 1980.[5] The band lip-syncs into walkie-talkies, while Stewart Copeland performs drum fills on random objects, such as buses and objects being sold.

The B-Side "No Time This Time" was originally a non-album track, but the same recording later appeared on their album Reggatta de Blanc to pad out the short running time.

Other appearances
  • The song has been covered many times, including a version by Limbeck on the album ¡Policia!: A Tribute to the Police (2005)[6] put out by The Militia Group.
  • The song is also available for play in music video game Guitar Hero 5 and as downloadable content for Rock Band 3. The Guitar Hero gameplay appeared in the film Somewhere.
  • Sting – bass, lead and backing vocals, harmonica
  • Andy Summers – guitars
  • Stewart Copeland – drums
Chart (1979–1980) Peak
position Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 99 Ireland (IRMA)[8] 7 Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 31 Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 26 UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 6

Chart (2013) Peak
position France (SNEP)[11] 133

Track listing 7": A&M / AMS 7402 (UK)
  1. "So Lonely" – 3:10
  2. "No Time This Time" – 3:30
  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "The Police – Outlandos d'Amour". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 January cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ Garbarini, Vic (Spring 2000). "I think if we came back..." Revolver. Rogier van der Gugten. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "'So Lonely' / 'No Time This Time'".
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ "The Police – So Lonely". YouTube. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  6. ^ Apar, Corey. "¡Policia!: A Tribute to the Police – Overview". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Police – So Lonely" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  10. ^ " – The Police – So Lonely" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  11. ^ " – The Police – So Lonely" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
External links
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  • v
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The Police
  • Stewart Copeland
  • Sting
  • Andy Summers
  • Henry Padovani
Studio albums
  • Outlandos d'Amour
  • Reggatta de Blanc
  • Zenyatta Mondatta
  • Ghost in the Machine
  • Synchronicity
Live albums
  • Live!
  • Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires
  • Every Breath You Take: The Singles
  • Greatest Hits
  • Every Breath You Take: The Classics
  • The Very Best of Sting & The Police
  • The Police
Boxed sets
  • Six Pack
  • Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings
  • "Fall Out"
  • "Roxanne"
  • "Can't Stand Losing You"
  • "So Lonely"
  • "Message in a Bottle"
  • "Walking on the Moon"
  • "Bring On the Night"
  • "The Bed's Too Big Without You"
  • "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
  • "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
  • "Invisible Sun"
  • "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
  • "Spirits in the Material World"
  • "Secret Journey"
  • "Every Breath You Take"
  • "Wrapped Around Your Finger"
  • "Synchronicity II"
  • "King of Pain"
  • "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"
  • "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" (Different Gear vs. The Police)
Other songs
  • "Next to You"
  • "Reggatta de Blanc"
  • "Driven to Tears"
  • "Behind My Camel"
  • "Demolition Man"
  • "Synchronicity I"
  • "Tea in the Sahara"
  • "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da '86"
  • The Police Around the World Tour
  • Zenyatta Mondatta Tour
  • Ghost in the Machine Tour
  • Synchronicity Tour
  • A Conspiracy of Hope Tour
  • The Police Reunion Tour
Related articles
  • Discography
  • Songs
  • Strontium 90
  • Strontium 90: Police Academy
  • Brimstone & Treacle
  • ¡Policia!: A Tribute to the Police
  • Everyone Stares
  • Book
  • Category

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