"Sacred Love" as written by and Gordon(sting) Sumner....
Take off those working clothes
Put on these high heeled shoes
Don't want no preacher on the TV baby
Don't want to hear the news

Shut out the world behind us
Put on your long black dress
No one's ever gonna find us here
Just leave your hair in a mess
I've been searching long enough
I begged the moon and the stars above
For sacred love

I've been up, I've been down
I've been lonesome, in this godless town
You're my religion, you're my church
You're the holy grail at the end of my search
Have I been down on my knees for long enough?
I've been searching the planet to find
Sacred love

The spirit moves on the water
She takes the shape of this heavenly daughter
She's rising up like a river in flood
The word got made into flesh and blood
The sky grew dark, and the earth she shook
Just like a prophecy in the Holy Book
Thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not doubt that this love is real
So I got down on my knees and I prayed to the skies
When I looked up could I trust my eyes?
All the saints and angels and the stars up above
They all bowed down to the flower of creation
Every man every woman
Every race every nation
It all comes down to this
Sacred love

Don't need no doctor, don't need no pills
I got a cure for the country's ills
Here she comes like a river in flood
The word got made into flesh and blood
Thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill
But if you don't love her your best friend will

All the saints up in heaven and the stars up above
It all comes down, it all comes down
It all comes down to love,

Take off your working clothes
Put on your long black dress
And your high heeled shoes
Just leave your hair in a mess

I've been thinking 'bout religion
I've been thinking 'bout the things that we believe
I've been thinking 'bout the Bible
I've been thinking 'bout Adam and Eve
I've been thinking 'bout the garden
I've been thinking 'bout the tree of knowledge, and the tree of life
I've been thinking 'bout forbidden fruit
I've been thinking 'bout a man and his wife

I been thinking 'bout, thinking 'bout
Sacred love, sacred loveâ?¦


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"Sacred Love" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentThis song is so much more humorous than it sounds--probably because of the word "sacred". But then sacred can be Christ, Allah, Mohammed, Freya, Zeus, the corn goddess--even the daughter of the Asrai. "Thou shalt not doubt this love is real" suggests a bit of overkill but in retrospect, I can't say that it was--after all, where is peace? No closer to the far horizon than it had been 20 years ago. I find the line "if you don't love her, your best friend will" amusing. Also, the song is a bit cheeky. It could be saying, are you all absolutely nuts?! How on earth can this "river in flood" ever make a difference, let alone fix anything?!
    He's probably hatching his own plan along with Bono, Geldoff and Gates.
    Thank heavens! Then I'm off the hook?
    Oh sure. Why not? They're all so much more suited to this than you.
    Phew! Lucky at last!
    sillybunnyon July 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLet’s go with the idea of Sacred Love personified as the song suggests. What would she say?
    As little as possible—religion is always such a tempestuous subject—gets people all crazed about who said what and why.
    Religion is an intensely interesting subject.
    For some. You only like the fairy tales.
    Okay, here’s one. Sacred Love dispatches her fairies of enlightenment sending whoever off to discover who really did say what and why. This was not a easy task because original authors were asked to skid back into their portraits and statues to answer many many questions. With a sense of fun and responding to impatience and discouraging silence some made up what they wanted to hear but found this wasn’t as satisfying as they imagined it would be and went back to search again. Teachers were delighted and dismayed. Students were excitingly attentive but also rigorously skeptical. The questions were exceptionally insightful but endless.
    And they all lived happily ever after?
    As happily as they wished to be.
    sillybunnyon August 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"So there's a certain amount of confusion and dread on the record, as well as a great deal of joy and hope," he concludes. "I think in that sense it's a realistic record. I'm not denying anything."

    "I do my best work when I'm in pain and turmoil." - Sting
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe dedicated his latest album, "Sacred Love," to late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White.
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInteresting comments by BK—found on the Net. BK is examining the lyrical content from a religious standpoint.

    Sacred Love continues with the title song, "Sacred Love" which seems to suggest that the person he was referencing at the end of "Book of My Life" was a woman. The song starts off talking about a woman who seems to be his sacred love.
    But the song is not nearly so cut and dried, and the song almost seems to treat this woman not as a real flesh and blood woman, but as a personification of something else. He continues:

    The spirit moves on the water
    She takes the shape of this heavenly daughter
    She's rising up like a river in flood
    The word got made into flesh and blood
    The sky grew dark, and the earth she shook
    Just like a prophecy in the Holy Book
    Thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not steal
    Thou shalt not doubt that this love is real
    So I got down on my knees and I prayed to the skies
    When I looked up could I trust my eyes?
    All the saints and angels and the stars up above
    They all bowed down to the flower of creation
    Every man every woman
    Every race every nation
    It all comes down to this
    Sacred love

    So, is sacred love a woman or something more? The word got made into flesh and blood? The sky grew dark and the earth she shook like on the day Jesus was crucified? He got down on his knees and prayed, and when he looked up he saw this "flower of creation" whom the angels, saints and stars all worshipped? Hmmmm.
    The final song is a remix of "Send Your Love" where he sings that there's no religion but sex and music, etc., etc.

    What's the conclusion? I don't know. It seems to me that, at minimum, Sting has been considering the claims of Christianity. He seems to have dabbled enough with the ideas and the themes that he was ready to consider giving his heart to the one who can give grace, Jesus. But then, if the songs are in an order that is intended to communicate a message, in the struggle for his heart he has turned away from God to a woman who he has veiled with the deity rightfully deserved only to God. Thus, his idea of sacred love is the love that we, as humans, can give to each other. It is not the love of God who he seems to have concluded is not sufficiently real to warrant his love.

    I have not seen many comments by Sting himself about this album, so everything that I have said here is based solely upon the reading of the lyrics. His sole comment that I found was in an interview where he noted that the Sacred Love album followed on the heels of the tragedy of 9-11, and he says "Even then, while I was working on the songs, there was uncertainty, but this time around, as you can see from the lyrics, it resulted in some confusion." Another interview says that Sting sees "sacred love" in the typical New-Agey way.


    "There's something happening in the human spirit, and we're all connected to it, whether you're American or British or from the Islamic world. We're connected to some energy in the world, and we need to sort out what it is."

    For Sting, the name of that energy is embodied in the title of his new album: Sacred Love. "Every man, every woman/Every race, every nation/It all comes down to this/Sacred love," he sings on the exuberant title track. Other songs on the album demonstrate how the failure to love can lead to self-deception and betrayal, to irrational fear and cataclysmic violence. But what finally comes through is the truth that all soul singers know: Love can save the day.

    I don't know how much faith to put into this interview, however, since the interview seems to completely miss the Christian overtones of Dead Man's Rope.

    Regardless, I think it fair to say that even if Sting is struggling with faith in Jesus, he did not come to the conclusion that Jesus is the one and only true Son of God. I pray that God will continue to work on his heart.

    [I see songmeanings.net as a great venue to look at perspectives—probably why I imported this standpoint—and while I respect the rights of all people to express their beliefs, it is intriguing to see here a kind of dismay that Sting sidesteps the traditional belief in the “true Son of God” when history students can well appreciate this is not a simple answer. And it has never been easy for thinking people to merely trust organized religion given its political aspirations. I have no answers myself. I continue to suspend judgment and consider perspectives and probably always will. Amused, I’ll say it seems as though something has worked on Sting’s heart quite a bit. Perhaps having his heart reflect what BK would like it to is asking a bit too much of the deity and the musician but then what do I know …]
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General Comment[from a review but no reviewer was evident …]

    thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not kill
    but if you don't love her, your best friend will
    ~Sting~ Sacred Love

    A single voice is heard at the end of the journey - a voice of worship and adoration, an outpouring of passionate belief in the embodiment of Sacred Love, found in the guise of a cherished lover. Real love can be found in giving yourself away completely to another soul -
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, I’m being a pig [oink, oink] here but hey, so what? Let’s say the man of the song hears news he doesn’t want to hear and asks the messenger to stop working, stop preaching and adapt a more lighthearted perspective. Still, the messenger has delivered meaningful, appreciated—if not longed for news on love. The spirit messenger is a woman—a personification of the messages flooding from her and her words were earth shaking. Must have been some message … But don’t grab her, don’t steal her, and don’t try pretending she’s some hallucination. There’s something mystically religious about her despite the fact that she seems ethereal to the man. Regardless of his doubts, saints, angels and stars aren’t experiencing similar misgivings. The messenger seems to have the answer to everything that pains earth and her solutions appear to be unorthodox or conceivably too simplistic. Possibly like a Vila, if the man doesn’t love this goddess—his best friend is perfectly willing to elbow him out of the way. The messenger leaves the man of the song reconsidering his thoughts on religion, beliefs, the Bible, Christian religious origins, forbidden fruit and …. who knows? Maybe the messenger is married to someone else.
    sillybunnyon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe refrain:
    -"The spirit moves on the water" the miracle where Jesus walked on water.
    -"She takes the shape of this heavenly daughter" A seemingly ordinary girl becomes the Mother of God -- Mary.
    -"She's rising up like a river in flood" A river floods and can spread water to the surrounding land. I think this means that when Jesus was born, Mary was a river that spread the water of God over the world. Just what I think.
    -"The Word got made into flesh and blood" duh, the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies that a Savior was coming.
    -"The sky grew dark, and the earth she shook/Just like a prophecy in the Holy Book" Jesus' death was prophesied in the Bible.
    The rest is self explanatory.
    NYyankees51on March 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWas Jonatha Brooke's "Nothing Sacred" (great song by the way) just so tongue in cheek to "Sacred Love" back then? (smile)
    sillybunnyon October 12, 2013   Link

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