"Synchronicity II" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Another suburban family morning
Grandmother screaming at the wall
We have to shout above the din of our rice crispies
We can't hear anything at all

Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration
But we know all her suicides are fake
Daddy only stares into the distance
There's only so much more that he can take
Many miles away something crawls from the slime
At the bottom of a dark Scottish lake

Another industrial ugly morning
The factory belches filth into the sky
He walks unhindered through the picket lines today,
He doesn't think to wonder why

The secretaries pout and preen like cheap tarts in a red light street,
But all he ever thinks to do is watch,
And every single meeting with his so-called superior
Is a humiliating kick in the crotch
Many miles away something crawls to the surface
Of a dark Scottish loch

Another working day has ended
Only the rush hour hell to face
Packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes
Contestants in a suicidal race

Daddy grips the wheel and stares alone into the distance
He knows that something somewhere has to break
He sees the family home now, looming in his headlights
The pain upstairs that makes his eyeballs ache
Many miles away there's a shadow on the door
Of a cottage on the shore
Of a dark Scottish lake

Many miles away
Many miles away
Many miles away
Many miles away
Many miles away
Many miles away


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"Synchronicity II" as written by Gordon Sumner

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  • +6
    General CommentAdding to last comment- found 1 line wrong here- should be-
    "Daddy grips the wheel and stares alone into the distance" - the word alone adds emphasis to his ambivolence of feeling towards anyone.

    "He knows that something somewhere has to break
    He sees the family home now looming in his headlights
    The pain upstairs makes his eyeballs ache

    Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the shore
    Of a dark Scottish lake

    Many miles away"

    So to clarify my post- the monster is entering the cottage to kill all inside, at the same time the father is entering the house to kill his family. Hence, the synchronicity. After hearing the song umteen times, reading the lyrics, and realizing this, it sent chills down my spine. Sting is a hell of a lyracist, with one hell of an imagination.
    loderunneron August 24, 2006   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIt's about the emasculation and demoralization of the middle class male with the images of the monster rising from the lake serving as a symbol for the need to awaken and relate to man's primal side. The man is besieged at home with problems, seems to be in an unhappy marriage, has a thankless job and a polluted environment. Secretly he wishes to act on his lusty impulses for the secretaries at his office but "all he ever thinks to do is watch."
    It is indicated that there is an outward signal of the primal force rising inside him:
    "He walks unhindered through the picket lines today / He doesn't think to wonder why"

    It just seems to me that it is about modern middle class man's rising frustration both at his station in life and to the moral and natural decay that seems to be taking place around him, this frustration is linked symbolically as the catalyst for the monster rising from the lake.



    EightiesGuyon September 02, 2010   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningIt's pretty obvious. He's about to murder the family. *He* is the monster. The monster is the hatred that's been festering in him, he's personified it. What he's "staring at" in the distance is the monster. i.e. He's envisioning it. Notice every time the monster is mentioned it's accompanied by the man staring, or watching, etc? Until the end, when he and the monster are both reaching to open the door... they have found synchronicity.
    skyrlokon April 16, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think that the song is telling two stories about the lochness monster and a frustrated dad. they are feeling and doing the same thing, they are in sychronicity. the dad realizes his life is full of boredom and frustration and hes trapped as a middle class worker. while the monster is full of boredom and frustration, trapped in a loch and always hiding.
    In this point in the fathers life he finally snaps out side of his house where he can see his family who he's gotten sick of and his monster hes been storing inside of him finally comes out, and goes in and murders them all. The Loch ness monster, in an act of frustration, creeps up to a lake side cottage to kill everyone inhabiting it.
    basically the same story with both the man and the monster.
    dustinhollemanon July 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about the lives we live today, we have to put up with boredom of family life, the boredom of work, and then at the end of the day the boredom of traffic,
    "packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes
    contestants in a suicidal race" when your stuck in traffic next, think of these lyrics and u will see what a waste of life . this song is nearly 20 years old and still it rings true for millions of people throughout the world.
    mojonikuson August 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLike many Police songs of this era (check out When the World is Turning...") this is definitely a social commentary on post-modernism. For a good example of fictional post-modernism and to see what it's all about, check out "White Noise" by Don DeLilo (not sure about spelling) but it's an amazing book. I'm not sure about the Loch Ness Monster references though. Perhaps it is comparing the stark, bleak, reality of the American post-modern age, with the fantasy and mystery of ages past? Who knows. grouping may have a good point too.
    RobotRockon September 21, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSome famous writer once described Britons as living lives of quiet desperation. Pink Floyd referenced the line at the beginning of "Dark Side of the Moon." Seems to me this song is referring to it as well, drawing a picture of a desperate middle-class man socially buffeted from all sides until "something has to break," at which point the inner monster is released and, the song seems to imply, something horrible happens.
    PencilNeckedGeekon February 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is MOST DEFINITELY about the father slowly slipping into insanity, driven by his poor home life and the hopelessness of his work situation. Sounds like he gets it honestly from his mother.

    The 'monster' or 'creature' was never said to be the Lock Ness Monster. There are lots of stories about lake monsters in Scotland, and Nessie is only one of them

    I see a vile creature stirring and rising from the depths of a dark slimy lake coinciding with the father's fall. Or, you could say that as the creature rises, so does the evil within the father.

    One line that put it into focus for me was:

    "He walks unhindered through the picket lines today
    He doesn't think to wonder why"

    I picture him walking him walking through a throng of protesters with suck a look on his face and an air of fear about him that they move aside as he gets closer. But he's already so far gone that it doesn't even occur to him.

    And at the end as the shadow falls across the door both of the house and the cottage, the creature has risen and is loose both in life and metaphorically, and I doubt if either is going to simply whine about having a bad day...
    pfon November 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLines in this song that make me laugh out loud: "Grandmother screaming at the wall," "The factory belches filth into the sky," "The secretaries pout and preen like cheap tarts," and "Every single meeting with his so-called superiors is a humiliating kick in the crotch." The words are like punches to Stewart Copeland's drum-pummeling.
    mark36on March 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenticantleaveyoubehind - just because it's miles away doesn't mean it's not happening at the same time...

    I think the best line in the song is the 'shiny metal boxes'. No wonder Sting was inducted into the songwriters hall of fame.
    sixedhearton June 03, 2006   Link

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