"Message In A Bottle" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Just a cast away an island lost at sea-o
Another lonely day, no one here but me-o
More loneliness than any man could bear
Rescue me before I fall into despair-o

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle yeah
Message in a bottle yeah

A year has passed since I wrote my note
But I should have known this right from the start
Only hope can keep me together
Love can mend your life but love can break your heart

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle yeah
Message in a bottle yeah
Oh message in a bottle yeah
Message in a bottle yeah

Walked out this morning I don't believe what I saw
A hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore
Seems I'm not alone in being alone
A hundred billion castaways looking for a home

I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I'll send an S.O.S. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my
I hope that someone gets my message in a bottle yeah
Message in a bottle yeah
Message in a bottle whoa
Message in a bottle yeah

Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
I'm sending out an S.O.S.
I'm sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
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Sending out an S.O.S.
Sending out an S.O.S.
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Sending out an S.O.S.


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"Message in a Bottle" as written by Gordon Sumner

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  • +7
    General Commentright. no matter how alone you may feel, there are many people out there as lonely as you, looking for that someone.
    summers_edgeon August 29, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is a song about the distant future, when Earth has become too polluted and ravaged by nuclear holocaust to support human life. Of the billions of people of the overpopulated planet, a few brave souls step forward as volunteers in the search for a new home.

    Sting is one of them.

    After half a year of travelling at nearly the speed of light, he touches down on a barren, lifeless world. Living on what slim provisions he brought with him, and with a ship too damaged to return, he despairs. His only option is to send an SOS back to Earth, warning Mankind that this planet will not do.

    Back on Earth, latent radiation has prevented them from hearing back from any of the scouts they sent out. They never get Sting's message, and with the oxygen supply running out, the entire population of Earth blasts off, headed to Sting's hopeless planet.

    One year later, after never having heard word back from Earth, Sting awakes to see streaks of light in the early predawn sky, as billions of escape pods enter the atmosphere. He is no longer alone, but with Mankind doomed to die out in a manner of months, does it really matter?
    tps12on August 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't agree with tps12's explantion, but its an interesting interpretation.

    I think the Police use the idea of being stranded on a desert island as a metaphor for loneliness. At the end of the song he realises that he's "not alone at being alone".
    GuitarBoyon June 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think hes lonely and turning to drink (the bottle), but only as a cry for help and hes hoping that someone will notice how fucked up he is by the amount hes drinking. hence: i hope that someone gets my message in a bottle
    willardon March 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIN COMPLETE love with this song, great, I love it sooo much.....the entire song is great, cant pick a best part
    CapeCod1414on July 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's possible that the song was intended just to be a metaphor for being lonely and then realising that a very large number of people are as lonely as you are. But I agree with Wings223... it's a little more fun to imagine it and think about a man who is actually on a desert island.

    And I'm still laughing at the comment about Sting's habit of saying 'yos'.
    Monopatinistaon February 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've read all the comments and I think all of you are way off.

    This song was written about the struggle of song writing. the last line in the 3rd verse is "looking for a chord" not looking for a home. I haven't seen this corrected anywhere.

    "Message in a bottle' is metaphor for a written/released song

    'I hope that some gets my message in a bottle"is metaphor for hoping people like the song.

    "Just a castaway on an island lost at sea' is Stings way of expressing the difficulty of writing a song. He as do all song writers feel isolated.

    "A year has passed since I wrote my note"...another reference to a song he has written.

    'And finallly, A hundred billion castaways looking for a CHORD' is a metaphor for the struggle all songwriters feel as they try to write their music.
    rundanrunon July 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionCopeland is THE guru. If I was 1/10th the precussionist he is, my life would be complete. What else can be said........
    ArtFarkison December 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about someone who is desperate for help who keeps sending out a message in a bottle, but all of the bottles come back! So, he's sending out the bottles on the wrong shoreline, he has to change his way of thinking, go to the other shoreline and send them out as he will not get a response back.
    lisa5mon June 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBack in the 80s I had an epiphany about the meaning of this song.

    As many have suggested, it is about loneliness and isolation. Being on a deserted island is a metaphor for the author's feeling of separation from the world. This song is about how Sting has written music about longing (to be rescued) – not this song but other songs – Sting has written a song about longing to be rescued and released it to the world. This is symbolised by the message in a bottle.

    The millions of bottles coming back to him represent the millions of fans from around the world who have received his "message in a bottle" in the form of hearing his song on the radio. They are his fans and they have written him some fan mail symbolised as bottles floating back to his shore. As the fans have identified with Sting's music, they share the same ideals and concerns. Their messages are also about loneliness and having a desire for connection with the world (being rescued). Sting realises that he is not the only one who feels this way.
    Bravewordon January 07, 2014   Link

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