"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Don't think me unkind
Words are hard to find
There are only cheques I've left unsigned
From the banks of chaos in my mind
And when their eloquence escapes me
Their logic ties me up and rapes me

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Their innocence will pull me through
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
They're meaningless and all that's true

Poets, priests, and politicians
Have words to thank for their positions
Words that scream for your submission
No-one's jamming their transmission
And when their eloquence escapes you
Their logic ties you up and rapes you

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Their innocence will pull me through
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
They're meaningless and all that's true

De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Their innocence will pull me through
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
Is all I want to say to you
De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
They're meaningless and all that's true


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    General CommentExcellent song for us tongue tied folks. :P
    Thia007on November 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWords means nothing sometimes when you are considering the source of them (a liar, manipulator, someone with an ulterior motive). He is saying the poets, priests and politicians of the world use words to do these things and move the masses to their will. The singer doesn't want to use words in this way, he rather speak meaningless babble than to be insincere. "Their innocence will pull me through" In being inarticulate he is innocent unlike the persons he mentioned in power that have an agenda. It is intrinsically a song about corruption.
    Arachidamiaon March 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLove this song..
    For some reason, I just like to turn on my stereo and listen to this song real loud in the morning before I go to School. I think there is 2 versions of it! My Uncle got the SACD for it and i remember playing it and it was a slower cooler version of the song.. then when he burnt the song onto a regular cd, it changed it the regular version..
    new_weston January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite police song, especially when covered by Incubus. If you check out the incubus alive from red rocks, they cover it in the middle of stellar because its in the same key...kinda cool
    71cuttyon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOoh I have Alive at Red Rocks... and I saw them do it in concert...AWESOME. But mmkay someone care to explain the meaning?
    dadslildefect37on July 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgreetings, dadslildefect, fret no more, meaningmasta is here. ;-)
    first off, i want to say this is a very cool song, i love the energy, beat, the repeating guitar riff...
    My take on the meaning, is that words are often meaningless, especially in modern life. and that the actual words spoken often convey nothing true or real, they are often lies, or just pointless chit-chat.
    "De Do Do Do" etc sounds like baby talk, and i think that what hes comparing most everyday conversation to.

    "Dont think me unkind, Words are hard to find etc." in this verse, i think hes coming from the view of a deeper quiet person. He cant just babble meaninglessly all the time like everyone else. And because hes quiet, hes often seen as "unkind" or rude, stuckup etc.

    "And when their eloquence escapes me
    Their logic ties me up and rapes me"

    i dont know exactly what hes getting at, but it may be that often people listen to a speaker emotionally, they are not being logical. in other words its more how you say it(eloquence) than what you actually say.
    It also may have to do with deeper thinkers(logic) not always being good at comminicating. While glib,shallow people are often great at schmoozing.

    "They're meaningless and all that's true"

    Goes back to my earlier points. Most everyday words/conversation that people say are meaningless, and thats the only true thing about the words spoken.(often being lies)
    meaningmastaon January 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's simply him pushing away "deep philosophy." A lot of the time philosophy (especially in religion, politics, poetry, etc.) just gets ridiculous and over-the-top. It's just fancy words and sophist logic that attempts to just catch you off guard (i.e. rape you). So essentially he could just be saying he just choses to hear gibberish when it comes to that stuff because he's so sick of it.

    However, knowing Sting it was probably just a temporary mood. He obviously enjoys that stuff at times.
    acousticrock87on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's simply him pushing away "deep philosophy." A lot of the time philosophy (especially in religion, politics, poetry, etc.) just gets ridiculous and over-the-top. It's just fancy words and sophist logic that attempts to just catch you off guard (i.e. rape you). So essentially he could just be saying he just choses to hear gibberish when it comes to that stuff because he's so sick of it.

    However, knowing Sting it was probably just a temporary mood. He obviously enjoys that stuff at times.
    acousticrock87on February 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is saying how he doesn't like how people play with words. They use eloquent words to make them seem intelligent or above other people when really it could simply be a masquerade for their own ignorance that would show through. So they hide behind their big eloquent (meaningless) words and phrases. He's caught off-guard (tied up and raped) he can't even defend himself because his words would appear inferior. He knows what he's getting at... his logic and knowledge is too deep to leave his tounge, so he replys with babble (de do do do, de da da da) simply meaning he dosen't have to justify himself to them.
    wheaties409on March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah..i agree with those who think it's about people using big words for no reason. He wants it dumbed back down.
    sixedhearton June 03, 2006   Link

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