• Shape of my Heart (Lyrics) [Sting]

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    The lyrics to "Shape of my Heart" by Sting on the Ten Summoner's Tales album.
    This is what Sting said in his lyrics book:
    "Dominic Miller, an extraordinary musician and a dear friend, has been my guitarist since 1990. One day a week, he'd come down to visit me at Lake House and we'd try out rough song ideas that either of us had had in the interim. During one of these visits, he turned up with a beautiful guitar riff. I was very taken by it, and he and I worked on shaping it into a song for the rest of the morning.
    That afternoon, he asked me what I thought the song would be about. I said I didn't know, but I would take a walk and try to figure it out. I took off along the riverbank for a mile or so, through the woods and up to the sheep meadow, then headed back as the sun was dipping to the west.
    When I got back, the whole song was written in my head.
    Dominic now thinks that I find lyrics under a rock somewhere....
    He could, of course, be right."

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    Here's what Sting had to say about this album in his lyrics' book:
    "In 1992 we moved the family out to the country, to a run-down manor house built in the sixteenth century that needed some care and attention. The gardens were beautiful, and walking in them was like walking into a dream. It was called Lake House.
    "I felt inspired to write, and, for the first time in years, with a genuine spirit of happiness.
    "There were no grand concepts, no plan, except to have fun telling stories in as many diverse styles and moods as I could think of. It is this carefree spirit that pervades the album and helped it to become one of my most popular records.
    "The title was a mischievous conceit linking my name, Sumner, with the scurrilous character in Geoffery Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. There was nothing more to it than that, and subtitling the first and last songs 'Prologue' and 'Epilogue' was just further mischief.
    'The album artwork does include the first picture of me with a lute, something that would become significant to me in the years to follow."
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    This is what Sting had to say about the album in his lyrics' book:
    "Following the massive success of Synchronicity, I decided to set out on my own. This decision, I admit, was not particularly logical. In the eyes of some it was the highest folly to leave what was arguably the biggest band in the world at that time.
    "Of course it was a risk, but I can only say that I listened to my instincts, no matter how irrational they seemed to everyone else, and then followed them, fully aware that falling flat on my face was a very real possibility. I ignored this as much as I could, believing that the momentum of the band had been such that people would be at least curious about what I was up to. I have to say the sense of freedom in not having to tailor songs to accommodate a three-piece, even one as versatile as the Police, was like opening a window in a closed room. Although I believed that the Police had thrived on the limitations of being a small band, I was more than ready after seven years to fly the coop.
    "With the help of my friend, the writer and critic Vic Garbarini, I recruited a band of young jazz musicians, including the alumni of Miles Davis's band, Art Blakey's band, and Weather Report. Branford Marsalis would play saxophone, with Kenny Kirkland on piano. This caused some friction with Branford's brother, Wynton, who, apart from losing two of his band, thought they were selling out by playing with a pop musician like myself. Nevertheless, we all set out for Eddie Grant's studio in Barbados with a bag full of new songs and a mission to start a new adventure.
    "The title of the album came from a dream that woke me up on my first night in Barbados. I dreamed I was sitting in the walled garden behind my house in Hampstead, under a lilac tree on a well-manicured lawn, surrounded by beautiful rosebushes. Suddenly the bricks from the wall exploded into the garden and I turned to see the head of an enormous turtle emerging from the darkness, followed by four or five others. They were not only the size of a man, they were also blue and has an air of being immensely cool, like hepcats, insouciant and fearless. They didn't harm me but with an almost casual violence commenced to destroy my genteel English garden, digging up the lawn with their claws, chomping at the rosebushes, bulldozing the lilac tree. Total mayhem. I woke up to the sound of Branford in the room upstairs, riffing wildly on his tenor sax, followed by his unmistakable laughter" (Sting 97-98).
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