"Driven To Tears" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
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 a 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

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, driven to tears


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"Driven to Tears" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentThus, 'Driven To Tears' with its relentless beat and gritty bassline is angrier in its quietness and bitter sarcastic approach than most of the 'hardcore' stuff you ever heard (the song refers to the unhappiness of the third world countries and their being betrayed by the more successful part of the world, a topic not wholly unfamilar for Sting's solo work).
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSting wrote this after seeing images of starvation in ruwanda
    GuitaristUKon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHow the hell can this only have 1 comment? What a disgrace.
    intothegrinder2on July 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAre you talking about the issue of hunger or just the song? The song is a beautiful reaction to seeing those less fortunate, and part of life is exploring what we see around us. Did you want to see plenty of posts debating why hunger exists or what plans people have about alleviating hunger in the world? I wasn’t sure. I have been freaked about hunger in my life—wondering what can be done about it. A wise thinker offered a not-so-comfortable answer but I believe it has validity. Life is full of balance and balance does not mean that the scales are always equally weighted. We could not recognize darkness if light didn’t exist to define it. There will always be starving people to define obese people. We do not live with the task of obliterating life.

    Still life offers its realms of study and if diminishing hunger was going to be a highlight in my life, I would have to find a way to encourage people to be more loving and smarter—not so they would open their wallets wider but so they would realize that procreation is not a knee-jerk reaction but rather a wonderful gift—we can create life! We do not always sit around and think—I can create life! We don’t say, when I create life, I want to nurture and nourish this new life splendidly. Instead, we delightfully say, oh! It’s a baby! A baby is coming! even if we haven’t eaten a decent meal in days and have no idea where the next is coming from as if misery does love company instead of just being miserable and nothing at all that a loving person would want to share with someone they love.

    People who study trends have found an awful paradoxical reality—feed the poor and the poor will create more poor. No one wants to hear this—it’s ugly news that reminds us of how powerless we are in many situations. It suggests we aren’t as smart or loving as we imagine ourselves to be and it places the solution close to our hands but leaves it out of reach because we are afraid to look at when and why we procreate. Our problem is not really hunger but irresponsible procreation. If we only created what we could feed, we would not see hunger but our human minds don’t think like this. We are shockingly driven to create humans we can’t feed.

    I believe in a higher intelligence that in my mind could be kinder and should know better and I also believe the higher intelligence is kinder and does know better so this is not the answer. The answer is then to back up and hope that someday I possess sufficient insight to see beyond what I have seen or merely conclude that for now, this love logic does not have appeal for us. Someday it may and then we will procreate in complete love—seeing hunger, abortion, rape, and abused children disappear as our study of these subjects will be over.
    sillybunnyon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe opening lyric says it all for societies attitude towards third world debt

    "How can you say that your not responsible?
    What does it have to do with me?"

    Some people are of the narrow-minded view charity starts at home. When in actual fact we have an obligation as human beings to aid our fellow man. we are punishing this generation for it's great-grandparents mistakes
    deankavanagh1234on August 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@sillybunny (the first comment):

    We don't need to have massive amounts of people starving to fulfill some ... "theoretical" need to have opposition to obesity!

    You can prove this pretty simply. Just give all those people food and they'll stop starving. Stop force feeding ducks to make foie gras (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…) and start giving that food to starving humans. Stop feeding your dog and send the Alpo to Africa and one less person will starve. Anything. Just give them food. Starving masses are not a necessity, not a necessary part of life, not something people should (tearfully or not) accept.

    It won't cause a rip in the fabric of space-time or something. We'll also still be able to recognize who is fat.
    just12on June 15, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionAndy Summers' solo on this song is badass!
    joey503on May 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentRobert Downey jr and sting sang this song live on stage and I shit a brick when robert Downey sang. Gave me chills lol
    Dadsmusic2662on February 28, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionThis song absolutely kills, and it's slightly distracting for one to visit this page to share in the magic of this track and suddenly be sidetracked by several of the head-scratching comments above. I suggest ignoring the hunger diatribes and focusing on the fking music.

    Most of us already know the backstory of when and why Sting wrote it (inspired while touring in the States after viewing starving West African children on the motel telly).

    One may claim it's a bit contrived and soppy, but I'd argue a contrary view - he was young. and shedding tears to starving African children (in all likelihood he was all fcked up, late-night, and he was strung out after having just finished their 12th show in 13 days), is more than forgivable, if not heroic.

    Back to the music: Straight ahead beat & bass, that shiny Andy Summers guitar in perfect reggae rhythm and one of his truly all-time great solos.

    And the transition from Driven to Tears into "When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" is one of the greatest in recorded music.
    breckendon July 23, 2015   Link
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    General Commentwhat a fucking shitty and uninspired song. how many god damn times do you need to say "driven to tears"? isn't there some other damn lyric to use? what a fucking load of bull shit. i hope Sting dies by being stung by an entire nest full of hornets that all have herpes.
    ashowofhandson October 25, 2008   Link

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