"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Free free, set them free
Free free, set them free
Free free, set them free
Free free, set them free

If you need somebody, call my name
If you want someone, you can do the same
If you want to keep something precious
You got to lock it up and throw away the key
If you want to hold onto your possession
Don't even think about me

If you love somebody
If you love someone
If you love somebody
If you love someone set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)

If it's a mirror you want, just look into my eyes
Or a whipping boy, someone to despise
Or a prisoner in the dark
Tied up in chains you just can't see
Or a beast in a gilded cage
That's all some people ever want to be

If you love somebody
If you love someone
If you love somebody
If you love someone set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)

You can't control an independent heart
Can't tear the one you love apart
Forever conditioned to believe that we can't live
We can't live here and be happy with less
So many riches, so many souls
Everything we see that we want to possess

If you need somebody, call my name
If you want someone, you can, you can do, you can do the same
If you want to keep something precious
You got to lock it up and throw away the key
Wanna hold onto your possession
Don't even think about me

If you love somebody
If you love someone
If you love somebody
If you love someone set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free
(Free, free, set them free)
(Free, free, set them free)
(Free, free, set them free)
(Free, free, set them free)
(Free, free, set them free)
Set them free


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"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentThis an awesome, catchy ass song!!! Wooo, Gordon!!!
    ckm4everon May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song trually captures what love means in a very catchy way. If you love someone you do what ever it takes to make them happy even if it isn't what you want. " If you love someone set them free" isn't about letting someone leave your life, but allowing them to make the choices in life they want, to trually allow them to achieve a personal best
    deankavanagh1234on February 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCertainly, this is a song about allowing the people you love to make choices, even if those decisions don't always benefit you.

    Personally, though, it always reminds me of the liberation I felt upon breaking up with a guy who was irrationally jealous of me--of my having other friends, talking to any other guy, or making career decisions that might cause me to move away.
    anyagon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment[Sting]: (1985) If You Love Somebody Set Them Free was the first single I did on my own away from the Police. I'm not sure if the phrase is mine. I probably read it somewhere. But it's the first time it's been used in a song, I think. And it's true, you can't imprison someone in a relationship. It's an antidote song to 'Every Breath You Take'. One song is about constricting, possessive love, and one is about being free. I suppose the truth is somewhere in the middle. This has a Motown sort of vibe, and my attempt at soulful singing. I had a great band at the time: Kenny Kirkland (keyboards), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Darryl Jones (bass). Yes, Darryl's in the Rolling Stones now. He's one of my alumni I'm most proud of.
    sillybunnyon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn 1985 he released his debut solo album, the jazz-influenced Dream of the Blue Turtles.
    The title came from an actual dream of Sting’s, worthy of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” or “Octopus’s Garden.” In it, he saw an immaculate and sheltered English garden being destroyed by a marauding group of large blue turtles.
    In a Jungian analysis of the dream the dramatic, shocking turtles were taken as symbolic of Sting’s new (solo) band and its chaotic but needed effect on his staid and comfortable life in the Police. This confirmed for Sting the value of striking out on his own.

    [From Rock & Holy Rollers: The Spiritual Beliefs of Chart-Topping Rock Stars in Their Lives and Lyrics by Geoffrey D. Falk.]
    sillybunnyon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy sisters loved the Police. I was never into them, but when I was introduced to Sting's jazz music, I nearly fell off my chair. He's a brilliant artist!
    Hencyon May 27, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI used to think that it was about a person who loved someone who didn't love them back.

    After listening to the song in full, I reckon it's about loving someone but giving them the freedom to make their own choices. Love a person and let them love you but don't be obsessive or possessive.
    vitodoriaon June 27, 2015   Link

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