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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): 2
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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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{#Bananajam}Andy Summers – guitar{#Bananajam}Stewart Copeland – drums{#Drummer}

It was a totally creative trio

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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?
not my kind of cops


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"
Sniff 'n' The Tears "Driver's Seat" followed by DRIVEN TO TEARS?  Bill you are a mad genius and I love it.
This entire album is a lesson in how to play the drums.
Love Copeland's drumming ....
Never gets old. And a good chuckle on the follow up to Sniff 'n' the Tears-Driver's seat. 
 phlattop wrote:

ah yes, the Police. They made the "mistake" of having hit singles, hit albums, being huge. As did U2, Coldplay.
God help the Arcade Fire, the Decemberists or any other indie favorite who cracks open the mainstream.

 
Good point, thanks phlattop!

I get tired of all the Police bashing here.
Just one drum solo after another...
 TerryS wrote:
While I like Sumner's individual output and some of Paul Simon's, given the colossal egos involved, I'm surprised they're on a joint tour today.
 
Yah, it seemed like an odd pairing.
Somewhere Garfunkel and Andy Summers are getting drunk together . . . or not.
While I like Sumner's individual output and some of Paul Simon's, given the colossal egos involved, I'm surprised they're on a joint tour today.
 Hogtownmike wrote:
Aside from Roxanne, you can take most of the Police's output to the curb...

 
ah yes, the Police. They made the "mistake" of having hit singles, hit albums, being huge. As did U2, Coldplay.
God help the Arcade Fire, the Decemberists or any other indie favorite who cracks open the mainstream.
{#Drummer}
 planet_lizard wrote:

But it is an astonishingly good riff. I'd happily hear it every day.

Would like to hear 'When the world is running down' as well though...

 
I like the guitar solo, as well. My kind.
 ppopp wrote:
Oh look - this astonishingly over-played song is on again.

 
But it is an astonishingly good riff. I'd happily hear it every day.

Would like to hear 'When the world is running down' as well though...
 ppopp wrote:
Oh look - this astonishingly over-played song is on again.

 
What is the object of thy speech, Wilson?
Gif of Gary Coleman expressing healthy skepticism


As of 9/21/13: Plays in last 30 days: 6

Is someone hating a little too hard? The Police forgive you.  
Aside from Roxanne, you can take most of the Police's output to the curb...
Oh look - this astonishingly over-played song is on again.
You could be forgiven for thinking every album by The Police has Driven To Tears repeated for the first nine tracks given how often RP plays this one compared with other songs by this trio.
until " we the people" take back the world from the Nazi punks this will always be ........
The hi-hat work on this song is simply stellar! Too bad Stuart was unable to replicate this live when I saw their reunion tour.
This song is 33 years old.

It should NOT be relevant anymore...but unfortunately it is.

Please HELP.


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https://www.crosscatholic.org/






 :+:_DL wrote: 
LOL, this is a very funny website - but it's not in any way, shape, or form empirical evidence of your thesis. Feel free to not like the Police, but also acknowledge the influence they had on other bands and musicians of their generation.
One of my very favorite drummers...interesting style and diversity in rhythms...thanks Bill!
{#Bananajam}
 mark wrote:
Bill really needs to play the next track on the album immediately after this one:  Driven to Tears -> When the World Is Running Down...  the  segue from one to the other is amazing.

 
Agreed!{#Music}
 unclehud wrote:
All y'all crazy.

This is one of the fundamental LPs of the modern rock and roll era.  Doubt it?  How many of these songs can you hum, or sing all the words to?  That's the mark of superior musical and lyrical composition.
 
Don't Stand So Close To Me
Driven to Tears
Canary in a Coal Mine 
Voices inside my Head
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Man in the Suitcase

 
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I like the part where they play fast and Sting isn't singing- you can almost pretend this band deserves the attention they've gotten for 30+ years ....... almost.  {#Sick}
Top notch! Love it :)
All y'all crazy.

This is one of the fundamental LPs of the modern rock and roll era.  Doubt it?  How many of these songs can you hum, or sing all the words to?  That's the mark of superior musical and lyrical composition.
 
Don't Stand So Close To Me
Driven to Tears
Canary in a Coal Mine 
Voices inside my Head
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Man in the Suitcase
 northern_girl wrote:
Sting's solo career ruined the sound of the Police for me forever.
 

That makes absolutely no sense to me.  Just because the vocalist sounds the same, you can't appreciate the wonderful songwriting and execution by this unit??   And by the way, lots of mention of Copeland in this forum, but how about that Andy Summers solo on this tune.
 ziakut wrote:
I respect that this band hung up the towels when they did, but they probably would have made some really cool music...instead of the self indulgent solo music of Sting wafting around for so long. Though I did like SOME of his music, I think the three of them really balanced each other.
 
I read an article that touched on the rehearsals for their reunion. It seemed like they still couldn't get along...shame. 

Love the driving rhythm of this song—prolly my Police fave.  
 Peace_tode wrote:
That being said, I will take his stiff, rock solid, incredibly difficult yet tasty drumming over the terrible time keeping meter (yet tatsy as well) drumming of Stewart Copeland every day. 
 
On the other hand I am completely the opposite. I love it when drummers improvise and play around rather than being solid and predictable. Quirky drummers always get my attention. 
 badrummer wrote:

As memory serves, he was voted 2nd best drummer behind Neil Peart (in the rock/pop category) in Modern Drummer magazine around the time this album was released. I saw them live a few times and I thought he gave Peart's rigid, albeit phenomenal style, a run for its money.
 
Have you ever heard of Buddy Rich? Oh, never mind....Rock/pop....I misread
Neil Peart is rigid by his own admission. That is why he began studying the art of drumming with Freddy Gruber years ago. And even on this current tour he has conciously decided to stretch himself by improvising much of his drum solo. The "Professor" is an amazingly talented drummer and self professed perfectionist and a freakishly accurate time keeper. His conquest has been achieved and he now strives to be more fluid and free. 
Those are all things he has stated in interviews. That being said, I will take his stiff, rock solid, incredibly difficult yet tasty drumming over the terrible time keeping meter (yet tatsy as well) drumming of Stewart Copeland every day.    

   AlienRelic wrote:

Neil Peart rigid? On what planet?
 


I respect that this band hung up the towels when they did, but they probably would have made some really cool music...instead of the self indulgent solo music of Sting wafting around for so long. Though I did like SOME of his music, I think the three of them really balanced each other.
.....7>8.......still growing.......since 32yrs.....{#Yes}
Anyone catch Stewart making a cameo on Storage Wars?  He's a funny guy.
Bill really needs to play the next track on the album immediately after this one:  Driven to Tears -> When the World Is Running Down...  the  segue from one to the other is amazing.
 badrummer wrote:

As memory serves, he was voted 2nd best drummer behind Neil Peart (in the rock/pop category) in Modern Drummer magazine around the time this album was released. I saw them live a few times and I thought he gave Peart's rigid, albeit phenomenal style, a run for its money.
 
Neil Peart rigid? On what planet?
A lot of hot curved air - his drumming!

I say he can be considered a great drummer only in the "technic department".

I am not fond of his style!


 ick wrote:

There's no argument.  He is a very accomplished drummer.
 
As memory serves, he was voted 2nd best drummer behind Neil Peart (in the rock/pop category) in Modern Drummer magazine around the time this album was released. I saw them live a few times and I thought he gave Peart's rigid, albeit phenomenal style, a run for its money.
 ScottN wrote:

His kick drumming complements Sting's bass so well.
 
And nearly catches up to Sting's bass runs, but there's a lot else to his imaginative fills: throws to side toms and positively satisfying snare work.........
After all these years I finally think this is the best cut on this whole album... and thats not to take anything away from the other classics either.... message is timeless

 
 fiddler wrote:

Andy and Robert's album "I advanced Masked ' is well worth a listen.
 

Dang. I've got that on vinyl, and haven't heard it in probably 20 years. Now I've got to jump over to Spotify and listen to a few cuts.
How can you say you're not responsible?