"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 Matthew Sumner

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    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
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    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 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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    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
  • +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
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    General CommentI wish I knew what happens next... when both "monsters" enter their respective houses... maybe there should be a Synchronicity III.
    EnduringChillon December 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this has to do with a certain amount of protest to modernism. The evocation of the Loch Ness monster (what other Scottish Loch?) is of things monstrous beneath the surface that we daren't admit to.
    groupingon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song just reminds me off the surburbs and how oridinary, dull, and grey life can be. the best part of this song is the dad, how he trys his best to mask his frustrations.
    whistlersmammyon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfood for thought: "Synchronicity is the theory that seemingly coincidental events are connected through their meaning. Psychologist Carl Jung created the term as a way to explain paranormal events." ~ Songfacts.com

    I feel the coincidences in this song are the stress the father is undergoing and the pollution of the lake, each of which have a sort of "evil rising up."
    Sting makes it even more appearent with the line "Many Miles Away." Though these events are happening many miles away, they are infact connected: Synchronicity

    My band played a Police Field Show this year. Pretty cool though some songs weren't included that I thought would have been cool.
    Daveallroundon September 10, 2005   Link

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