The Police

Driven to Tears

Composed by Sting

Song Review by

Written on the road, "Driven to Tears" was inspired by the state of the world in 1980, and it's the first time listeners got a sense of Sting's activist tendencies, which would come to the fore both lyrically and personally for him for the rest of his career. A midtempo reggae workout in the vein of "Bed's Too Big Without You" and "Walking on the Moon," "Driven to Tears" stands out for one of Andy Summers' best (albeit quite short -- eight bars) guitar solos, and the workout that wraps the song up is one of the most "driving" moments the Police have on Zenyatta Mondatta. The most telling thing about "Driven to Tears" is that it's a preview of what the band would do on 1981's Ghost in the Machine: high-energy reggae with an activist heart.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Zenyatta Mondatta 1980 A&M 3:20
Urgh! A Music War 1981
Various Artists
No Image 1988 A&M
Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings 1993 A&M / Interscope / Polydor / Universal 3:20
No Image 1995 Polygram
Zenyatta Mondatta/Ghost in the Machine 2007 Universal Distribution
The Police 2007 A&M 3:21
Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate in Crisis 2007
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:33
Certifiable [Video] 2008 A&M / Polydor
No Image 2013
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 4:35
Music Legend: The Police Rock Legend
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