If I Ever Lose My Faith in You

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"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"
If I ever lose my faith in you.jpg
Single by Sting
from the album Ten Summoner's Tales
Released1 February 1993 (1993-02-01)
Recorded1992
GenrePop rock
Length4:29
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)Sting
Producer(s)
  • Sting
  • Hugh Padgham
Sting singles chronology
"It's Probably Me"
(1992)
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"
(1993)
"Seven Days"
(1993)

"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" is a song recorded by English singer Sting. It was the lead single from his album Ten Summoner's Tales and was released in 1993. It achieved moderate success in many countries, reaching number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 in several European countries. In Canada, the song reached number one, spending three weeks at the summit and finishing 1993 as the fourth-most-successful single. It remains one of Sting's signature songs.

In 1994 the song won Sting a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, while it was also nominated for both Record of the Year and for Song of the Year. It has been included on all of Sting's compilation albums since its release, namely Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 and The Very Best of Sting & The Police.

Composition[edit]

The song, in the key of A major, is played in swing time. According to Sting, the song was written on the piano, and contains a flattened fifth in the song's intro,[a] which he says was banned in the churches due to its dissonant sound:

It starts off with a flattened fifth. A flat five is an interesting chord because it was banned by the church. It's called a tri-tone, and it was banned by the church - it was the devil's music. Blues music is based on the tri-tone, and in sacred music from the middle-ages, the Pope banned the tri-tone, the flattened fifth. It's disconcerting. It puts you ill at ease. So we start that way so that you think it's been going on for a while, but it hasn't.[1]

The "You" in the song's title is not identified by Sting, as he explained he felt it was important not to point out what it is specifically so that the listeners could connect more with the song:

The song is in two distinct parts. The first part is about the things I've lost faith in. It's quite easy to be precise about the things I've lost faith in - politics, media, science, technology, the things that everybody has, and yet I along with most other people have a great deal of hope, and a feeling that things will and can get better. So what do we place our faith in I can't define that as easily as I can define what I don't believe in anymore. So I haven't defined it, I've just said if I ever lose my faith in you, and "You" could be my producer, it could be faith in God, it could be faith in myself, or it could be faith in romantic love. It could be all of those things, I don't define it. I think it's important not to define it, because once you can define something it evaporates. I think it's important in this day and age when we are dictated to by music television what a particular song is about, that the old ambiguity that songs had can be retained.[1]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You — 4:29
  2. Message in a Bottle [Unplugged] — 5:20
  3. Tea in the Sahara [Unplugged] — 4:25
  4. Walking on the Moon [Unplugged] — 5:06

CD single 1

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You — 4:29
  2. All This Time [Unplugged] — 5:20
  3. Mad About You [Unplugged] — 4:24
  4. Every Breath You Take [Unplugged] — 5:06

CD single 2

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You — 4:33
  2. Message in a Bottle [Unplugged] — 5:47
  3. Tea in the Sahara [Unplugged] — 4:43
  4. Walking on the Moon [Unplugged] — 2:56

CD maxi – Picture disc USA A&M Records #31458-0111-2

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You — 4:29
  2. Everybody Laughed But You — 3:51
  3. January Stars — 3:50
  4. We Work The Black Seam [Alternate Version] — 6:08

Credits[edit]

  • Sting – bass, vocals, guitar, harmonica; producer on track 1
  • Dominic Miller – guitars
  • David Sancious – keyboards; piano on tracks 2-4
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
  • Vinx – percussion and backing vocals on tracks 2-4
  • Hugh Padgham – producer on track 1
  • Joel Gallen – executive producer on tracks 2-4
  • Alex Coletti – producer on tracks 2-4

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2009, trumpeter Chris Botti covered the song featuring Sting on vocals. The song was released from the album Chris Botti in Boston.[34][35]American singer Lady Gaga also performed the song at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors, where Sting was an honouree.[36] American rock band Disturbed released a cover in 2020.[37]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The song begins with a chromatic sequence up from the minor third (C) of A to the flat 5th (E♭), with A minor, A major (C#), A suspended 4th (D), and A flattened 5th (E♭) chords.

References[edit]

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