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The Police — Driven To Tears
Album: Zenyattà Mondatta
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Released: 1980
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
How can you say that you're not responsible?
What does it have to do with me?
What is my reaction, what should it be?
Confronted by this latest atrocity

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears

Hide my face in my hands, shame wells in my throat
My comfortable existence is reduced to a shallow, meaningless party
Seems that when some innocent die
All we can offer them is a page in some magazine
Too many cameras and not enough food
'Cause this is what we've seen

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears

Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh

Protest is futile, nothing seems to get through
What's to become of our world, who knows what to do?

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears

Driven to tears
Driven to tears
Driven to tears
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 starryday wrote:

This image is one of my favorite things on the Internet.



 Proclivities wrote:

high hat

This image is one of my favorite things on the Internet.
Is this band amazing or what!
 xrdstv wrote:



I had the opportunity to interview him years ago. I discovered the inspiration as to where he got the 'style'!



Well, what is it?
Andy Summers solos are often not banal
What a group. Inspired drumming by Copeland .. listen to the tight snare hits, great bass playing, awesome guitar sound, unique vocal sound, while still leaving enough space in the sound. Memories of third and fourth years in university.
 DW4554 wrote:

Stewart Copeland is a monster.  Always in the forefront rather than a background component of the rhythm section.  Police could not have happened without him.




I had the opportunity to interview him years ago. I discovered the inspiration as to where he got the 'style'!
 Greyerwrit wrote:


I particularly like the bar of guitar silence after the solo.  In a three man, that's really saying something.



As one rockumentary said, they 'played in gaps' so that each of the three could be heard and appreciated
Still some of the most interesting arrangements and rhythm to be found in modern rock music, I think.  
 thewiseking wrote:

Jumped the Shark on this album
Da doo doo doo? FOH!




LOL! What lyrics would you prefer?
Jumped the Shark on this album
Da doo doo doo? FOH!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'll second that, and Sting wasn't too shabby on the bass, so overall, an impressive trio.


Yes, overall, an "impressive trio".  Understated, but true, nevertheless.  
 neotrogg wrote:


Mitch Mitchell was a bad ass too but lacking deep jazz roots. Charlie Watts takes that honor by a mile.
Stewart Copeland is a monster.  Always in the forefront rather than a background component of the rhythm section.  Police could not have happened without him.
 DW4554 wrote:

Stewart Copeland.  Best jazz drummer in a rock band ever.

Mitch Mitchell?

https://www.catholicconnect.care/
Had to stop working when this came on
Gotta say, they really did kinda tear the top off of things back then. Almost everyone I knew went completely crazy on the air-drums to this tasty jam!
hahaha just looked up the album name - all I can hear is my younger brother repeating it a few times after sharing a joint, with different 'vocal nuances' - LMAO indeed! This was a rare thing, he and I as adults spending time and I gave up pot after high school...except for the rare event. Very cool memory!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'll second that, and Sting wasn't too shabby on the bass, so overall, an impressive trio.


Because his the master and the "chef d'orchestre" of the band. It is for that he had a lot of tension between Sting and the animal rhythmic. But Andy and Stind are so great to
Go Stewart go
What the big flaps 
 Edweirdo wrote:


I think it was a terrific solo.


I particularly like the bar of guitar silence after the solo.  In a three man, that's really saying something.
 Rashley wrote:


I always thought it was too many cameras and not enough film.


Don't need film anymore.  Still short on food.
I prefer Regatta de Blanc to this album, but in this song they are ripping it up.  Sting with smart, aching lyrics, the fucking Copeland drums as always, and that guitar solo ripped out of the fabric of the music.
 zenhead wrote:

Too many cameras, and not enough food. Twas ever thus.



I always thought it was too many cameras and not enough film.
 tinypriest wrote:

Andy Summers's worst guitar solo; and his only one, I think...



I think it was a terrific solo.
Stewart Copeland.  Best jazz drummer in a rock band ever.  Right up there with Charlie Watts. 




I love the opening proverbial question!
How can you say you're not responsible. 
What does this have to do with me? "

Possibly the best lyric Sting ever wrote!
Possibly the Best Police song ever written!
 jp33442 wrote:

Another overplayed police song



Where do you live where this song is overplayed? Because I will move there.
Musical alchemy
Andy Summers's worst guitar solo; and his only one, I think...
 mrselfdestruct wrote:

"There is no puzzle without a solution!"
 
And vice versa
Another overplayed police song
 Proclivities wrote:

high hat
 
"There is no puzzle without a solution!"
 royston_david wrote:
what a trio on drums, bass, lead and vocals. i play all three including keyboards in my recording studio.  And i cannot get close to nailing their signature studio sound let alone they're live performances, unless i wander off and ramble different shades from the original score to hide my incompetence.. 

 

 Proclivities wrote:

high hat
 


I saw the Police play in Orlando back in the mid-80's, amazing performance, probably at their zenith. Plenty of their hallmark jazz breaks interspersed throughout. Bliss. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

I'll second that, and Sting wasn't too shabby on the bass, so overall, an impressive trio.
 

 ce wrote:
All hail Stewart Copeland!

Hell yes!!
 

Highlight in the 80's ,great  and every time a10
 
Still like this one
Saw them when they closed the amnesty international tour down in the Meadowlands of New Jersey! We were all sitting there wondering who is going to follow U2… And then the Police reunited magically and amazingly
A very arresting group, as usual.
All hail Stewart Copeland!
Another overplayed police song going to hit the next button
Love also "
"When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" on this Album very much. Never heard on RP. Please play it Bill!
So fresh was there inception , oooh, to live through one of the greatest eras in modern music
Killer guitar solo on this one.
Too many cameras, and not enough food. Twas ever thus.
 Lumpy13 wrote:
Agree that he is a great drummer, but what about the band's admitted inability to keep it together live on certain songs?
 
Feature not a bug.
 peter.gerzner wrote:
Sting – bass guitar, vocals{#Bananajam}Andy Summers – guitar{#Bananajam}Stewart Copeland – drums{#Drummer}It was a totally creative trio

 

CHA!
Gordon Sumner. Vastly underrated bass player, overshadowed by his sparkling vocal talent. 
Sting – bass guitar, vocals
Andy Summers – guitar
Stewart Copeland – drums

It was a totally creative trio

https://www.foodforthepoor.org


https://www.crosscatholic.org

 
Both are 100 % legit 

To me only  5 - Decent
Bill is on a drumroll.{#Skull}
who knows what to do?
Drumming!!!! {#Dance}
Great drummer Thanks loving the 80s Brit tunes
This seems to get played at a tiring rate, yet I never tire of hearing it. Good stuff, this!
 easmann wrote:
The drums are great, lots of comments on that and well-deserved. Not much mention of Andy Summers' inspired guitar work in general with this group though. I've always been surprised by that.
 
I'll second that, and Sting wasn't too shabby on the bass, so overall, an impressive trio.
A good song for election day 2016!
{#Drummer}
most excellent
{#Bananasplit}
Pearl Jam covered this recently at MSG.  With Mr. Sumner coming out for the second verse on.
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Will always remind me of college, down in Kurt's room, chatting up Kathie but thinking about Colleen

 
Did you always pick your calling (and colleagues) based on initial consonant sounds?
I am drive to tears with how often this song is played on RP. No PSD button on Sonos :  (
Excellent drumming!
Man, that's nothin' I can't, I can't use nothin'
Thanks Billy
my ringtone for work mobile number {#Cheesygrin}
 konakid wrote:

I think I appreciate this band a lot more now than I did at the time they were a band.

 
Me too. I wish I'd appreciated them then when all my college buddies were into them.
After just listening to the Artic Spunkies now a band with real talent. 
 copymonkey wrote:

The tin-eared Robert Christgau wannabes on this comment board are among my favorite forms of entertainment. So much attitude, so little to offer by way of decipherable criticism other than, "I don't like it, and I'm smart and smug." Well, that's enough for me!

 
Yeah baby!
 Skydog wrote:

you are correct Sir

 
I think I appreciate this band a lot more now than I did at the time they were a band.
 jsed wrote:
 Stewart Copeland and his durms. How did I miss how freaking good those drums were?!?!

 
you are correct Sir
I thought Sting was the coolest when I was young. Now I tune out Sting and just listen to Stewart Copeland and his durms. How did I miss how freaking good those drums were?!?!

Sometimes I just giggle at my juvenile self. 
 ppopp wrote:
No more. No more. 

 
The tin-eared Robert Christgau wannabes on this comment board are among my favorite forms of entertainment. So much attitude, so little to offer by way of decipherable criticism other than, "I don't like it, and I'm smart and smug." Well, that's enough for me!
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Will always remind me of college, down in Kurt's room, chatting up Kathie but thinking about Colleen

 Yep.
 


Sting spelled backwards is Gotye in Cymraeg  (Welsh)
lol! 

On_The_Beach wrote:

Talk is cheap.

 


 ppopp wrote:
*Jumps off bridge*
 
Talk is cheap.
Will always remind me of college, down in Kurt's room, chatting up Kathie but thinking about Colleen
{#Hearteyes} strong 9!
 ppopp wrote:
*Jumps off bridge*

 
Doesn't seem to have worked.
Riven tooth to ya
One of the great power trios!
No more. No more. 
Driven too tee aye.  Driven too tee aye.
*Jumps off bridge*
 rpdevotee wrote:
Stewart Copeland: Master of the high hat

 
high hat
I had no idea this album had only one song on it. Over-played in a very big way.
Great drumming, Lousy guitar solo. 
First time hearing this. Always disliked The Police, but honestly this drumming alone warrants at least a 7.
Stewart Copeland: Master of the high hat
 hempmandan wrote:
Stewart Copeland is sick!!!
 
 
Best drummer of this timing to be sure! I agree!
 ppopp wrote:
The only thing worse than hearing Driven To Tears yet again on (the otherwise superb) RP is a Dave Matthews song.

 
That is, as they say, profoundly incorrect on almost every level.
The only thing worse than hearing Driven To Tears yet again on (the otherwise superb) RP is a Dave Matthews song.
The Police really impressed us with jams like this right before they were eclipsed by their own overplayed popular success on the radio
Stewart Copeland is sick!!!
 
 I used to like the Police but all I now hear when I listen to them is that reggae beat in the background and I can't stand it ! bringing the rating down to 3... 
 kcar wrote:

I'll bet this is Stewart's fave song from The Police...

Would love to know what he thinks of his dad's storied CIA career  ...

 
Considering that his brother Miles named the agency that managed The Police (and Sting solo) CIA (Copeland International Arts), it would seem they're fine with Dad's murky past!
 fitmartin wrote:
Copland is an amazing drummer

Never tire of any music he plays on 
 
Agree. He simply has it.
Best song last two hours!
 laozilover wrote:
{#Dancingbanana}When this comes on, I always turn it up! {#Good-vibes}

 
Like, f'rinstance, NOW! {#Bananajam}
What a great album. Cool song too. The Police still had some of the ska vibe in them back in the day.
 kcar wrote:

I'll bet this is Stewart's fave song from The Police...

Would love to know what he thinks of his dad's storied CIA career  ...

 Damascus, 1947. How cool could it get? In Fleming cool, that's how cool. Fomenting international instability, the whole game of thrones craperoo!


Love this, and the guitar solo is my favorite part.
{#Dancingbanana}When this comes on, I always turn it up! {#Good-vibes}
Amazing band.
sucko barfo!!
{#Stop} 
 fitmartin wrote:
Copland is an amazing drummer

Never tire of any music he plays on 
 
I'll bet this is Stewart's fave song from The Police...

Would love to know what he thinks of his dad's storied CIA career  ...
 fitmartin wrote:
Copland is an amazing drummer

Never tire of any music he plays on 

 
Cannot be, 'cos Senor Sting said he couldn't play good enough for him.

OK so that was sardonic.


Too many cameras and not enough food....

 
 fitmartin wrote:
Copland is an amazing drummer

Never tire of any music he plays on 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q45sg06K4yI

It's a paradigm for the Cosmos.


Copland is an amazing drummer

Never tire of any music he plays on 
Duet version of this with Robert Downey, Jr. is strong.
I loved this since the first time I've heard it...lyrically and musically
 PopKombo wrote:
Love Copeland's drumming ....

 
....... the word your looking for is "OUTSTANDING"