"Deathwish" as written by Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Deathwish in the fading light
Headlight pointing through the night
Never thought I'd see the day
Playing with my life this way

Gotta keep my foot right down
If I had wings I'd leave the ground
Burning in the outside lane
People think that I'm insane, insane

The day I take a bend too fast
Judgment that could be my last
I'll be wiped right off the slate
Don't wait up 'cause I'll be late, I'll be late


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Deathwish" as written by Gordon Sumner Andy Summers

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    General CommentIsn't it a "Bo diddley" rhytm ?
    Hrungeron December 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Sting's drug abuse during this time in his life. He was abusing pain pills as The Polics suddenly found themselves touring endlessly. Walking on the Moon is also about being high on pills. "If I had wings I'd leave the ground" . Sting was a tortured and depressed person before he finally quit all substance abuse later on during The Police's run.
    ScottBowenon May 26, 2015   Link
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    General CommentDriving along at a breakneck speed the author is taking chances with his life.
    MrLongroveon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does the bass riff they keep going into between verses sound like a faster version of the bassline of "I Can't Stand Losing You"? Both songs *do* have suicidal narrators, so maybe it's some clever self-referencing.
    destroyalltacoson June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Deathwish', the only "group" composition, rocks pretty hard utilizing complex tempo changes …
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of their best song openings. Could've worked as an instrumental.
    jim1965on August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a race car driver.
    TheSkinnyElephanton May 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Sting's drug abuse during this time in his life. He was abusing pain pills as The Polics suddenly found themselves touring endlessly. Walking on the Moon is also about being high on pills. "If I had wings I'd leave the ground" . Sting was a tortured and depressed person before he finally quit all substance abuse later on during The Police's run.
    ScottBowenon May 26, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Sting's drug abuse during this time in his life. He was abusing pain pills as The Polics suddenly found themselves touring endlessly. Walking on the Moon is also about being high on pills. "If I had wings I'd leave the ground" . Sting was a tortured and depressed person before he finally quit all substance abuse later on during The Police's run.
    ScottBowenon May 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Sting's drug abuse during this time in his life. He was abusing pain pills as The Polics suddenly found themselves touring endlessly. Walking on the Moon is also about being high on pills. "If I had wings I'd leave the ground" . Sting was a tortured and depressed person before he finally quit all substance abuse later on during The Police's run.
    ScottBowenon May 26, 2015   Link

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