"Omegaman" as written by and Andy Summers....
The night came down, jungle sounds were in my ears
City screams are all I've heard in twenty years
The razor's edge of night, it cuts into my sleep
I sit upon the edge now
Should I make that leap?

I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman

The sky's alive with turned on television sets
I walk the streets and seek another vision yet
The echo makes me turn to see that last frontier
The edge of time closes down as I disappear

I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman
Always talking to myself
Oh!

The time that's best is when surroundings fade away
The presence of another world comes close to me
It's time for me to throw away this paper knife
I'm not alone in reaching for a perfect life

I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman
I'm the omegaman

I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman
I'm so tired
Of the omegaman


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"Omegaman" as written by Andy Summers

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    General CommentIs there absolutely any relation to the Charleton Heston flick in 1971 of the same name? It seems you could say it is.

    Tired of being the last sane man perhaps?

    I could be way off here

    Christopher Nicolaides
    christoson January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, I'd say you're right.

    I would like to know where this line comes from though: "The sky's alive with turned on television sets", it reminds me very much of Neuromancer's opening line: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel".

    The songs's from '81, the book from '84. It looks like a meme that was around before Neuromancer, and considering that Sting read a lot during his Police days, it is not unthinkable he got the lines from somewhere else. Maybe from the novel the movie was based on, Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend"?
    LaundroMaton March 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment… and Andy Summers' 'Omegaman', opening with a cool phased rhythm, manages somehow to merge a fast punkish rhythm with astral overtones. Besides, watch out for that phased solo; I've yet to hear something like that instrumental section. 'Psychedelic punk' - how's that for you? That's the best categorization for the song I can offer.
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPC: What was the quickest album you ever made?

    AS: The second Police album Regatta D'Blanc was made in 10 days. The Police records were all really fast. We were such a playing band that we would start with the songs and have them together within the week. We didn't need to spend a huge amount of time on it because we were constantly performing so we were always ready. We were a working band. We knew our style. We didn't need 10 years to work things out. When they gave us 6 weeks to go to Montserrat and record Ghost in the Machine we were done in 10 days and would then just sit around. Personally I think people spend too long on records and try to make them too perfect. There is a certain rush of energy that you get. You shouldn't take too long because I think you get a better feeling on the record. People take too much time and detailing and it ends up sounding a bit dead I think.

    PC: What about your old Police songs like 'Behind My Camel' or 'Omegaman', do you ever resurrect them live?

    AS: No. I can't actually. We should leave them for the right moment.

    PC: Would you like to take those old songs and reinvent them?

    AS: Not particularly. I think that was an era then. I don't have a great nostalgia for the past. I am pretty embroiled in moving on and moving forward with music. We are about to play at Birdland in New York which is extremely tough and has some of the coolest musicians in the world. I am going to play this album and take it all away. I will be as cutting edge as anybody. It is a full frontal assault when we play this shit. Just the track Earth + Sky alone is a killer live. I pull it off exactly like the record. It is tough to do but it is fun. We practiced and I like the challenge of being able to do it. Mentally being able to get on top of these pieces and get the sequences right is in your hand to be able to play. If you can get through it in a live performance you feel comfortable because it pushes you on. It helps you grow and that is what it is all about.

    PC: I'm in Melbourne, Australia. Isn't this the city where the band broke up?

    AS: Yeah it was. It was sort of the official end because we did get back together and do those six dates with the Amnesty tour in '86. We did like a covert appearance where we appeared two years later. It was sort of the end but it wasn't. I remember that gig very well. It was a poignant moment because we all knew we were breaking up but the audience didn't know.
    [Paul Cashmere interview with Andy Summers]
    sillybunnyon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis track blows my mind
    naivadaon July 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard Andy say in an interview that he was thinking of John Lennon when he wrote this song.
    aic22on August 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've never seen that film but that sounds right "I am the omega man - always talking to myself - I'm so tired of the omegaman"
    DJgifon June 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentaic22
    I heard that same interview with Andy. Love this song! The Police's most underrated song. I heard the record company wanted to release it as a single, but Sting was not pleased. I think the song touches on insomnia and stress.
    jim1965on August 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs a lifelong comic book reader, this song really reminds me of masked vigilantes who often "talk to themselves" in the form of story narration.
    "City screams are all I've heard in twenty years" reminds me of those moments before they leap into action. Of men dedicated for the long haul to protect their city.
    These are guys "reaching for a perfect life"
    Of heroes who lurk around at night when "The sky's alive with turned on television sets"
    Of warriors who are "tired of the Omegaman" -- guys who want to give up on their mission but they can't.
    ....
    But is it really about Superheroes? No, I doubt it given the year it came out -- 1981 -- superheroes weren't that cynical yet. But it matches up so well.
    So very well!
    Amberjackon February 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the irony of being surrounded by people but feeling like you are the last person on earth.
    PatMcRotchon October 27, 2015   Link

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