"O My God" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Everyone I know is lonely
With God so far away
And my heart belongs to no one
So now sometimes I pray
Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up

Oh my God you take the biscuit
Treating me this way
Expecting me to treat you well
No matter what you say
How can I turn the other cheek
It's black and bruised and torn
I've been waiting
Since the day that I was born, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up

Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up

Fat man in his garden
Thin man at his gate
My God you must be sleeping
Wake up, it's much too late

Take the space between us
Fill it up some way
Take the space between us
Fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up, fill it up

Do I have to tell the story
Of a thousand rainy days
Since we first met
It's a big enough umbrella
But it's always me that ends up getting wet

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"O My God" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentAn excellent re-phrasing of the Book of Lamentations in the Bible.
    This is the cry most of us have but don't say out loud most times.
    And sting does it so well!
    dylansuppiahon July 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWow! First of all I can't believe there aren't more postings for one of the most influential and underrated bands in the history of pop music. Well, I guess I just answered my own question with that remark - the keyword being "underrated". Whether it was Sting's haunting and infectious songwriting; Andy Summers understated, yet groundbreaking guitar licks; or Stewart Copeland's unmatched high-hat wizardry, the Police were an incredibly influential band with limitless talents. Their fusion of punk rock with reggae and jazz led the way for hundreds of other new wave bands, and influenced bands like No Doubt and Sublime. I have loved The Police my entire life yet I was born one year after their last album. This proves that their music is timeless and is relevant to any generation. I'm sure everyone knows the traditional super-hits like Don't Stand So Close to Me and Every Breath You Take, but the band was so much more than their great singles. Little do people know of their rough around the edges punk-influenced beginnings, as well as their fabulous instrumental (and also experimental) tracks. Every person that I have shown the Police to have been hooked on them - and I'm sure if more people listened to one of their albums right through they also would be hooked.

    Sorry about the rant but I feel it was necessary. This song is about Sting questioning his faith in God. He feels like no matter how good he is, or how faithful he is, God doesn't seem to notice. He also questions God's priorities when it comes to helping the world. The stanza about the fat man in the garden and the thin man at the gate might be a metaphor for the rich and the poor - the rich being fat man reaping the benifits of the garden while the the thin man is doing all the work protecting the "gate". Sting wants God to be closer and take notice to the world's blatent atrocities
    IvoKenton September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIvoKent: Sounds good to me. :)
    dcaton December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentso why the "every little thing" lyrics in the end. Sting does this over the years to diffrent songs.

    Its a pretty demanding song telling God to get the ball rolling now by "filling in the Gap". I'm not sure Sting, as great as he is, has the right right, to demand God to do anything. I'm no religious freak or anything and I see what he's trying to say, but it comes off a little pompous.

    If you take out "fill it up" then he just sounds, understandbly, frustrated.

    Its still a very cool song though.
    christoson January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's an example where Sting gets the "pompous" label misapplied. He's written something here I think most people of faith have felt at one point or another -- a questioning of God and His authority. "How can I turn the other cheek" is angry and the idea that we somehow "take the space between us and fill it up" is a wonderful concept for a song. I really like this one.
    mark36on March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe album’s “O My God” then asks how God can seem to be so far away, allowing misfortunes and unfairness to exist in the world.

    [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 Comment[Stephen Holden—Rolling Stone 1983] In "O My God," Sting drops his third-world mannerisms to voice a desperate, anguished plea for help to a distant deity: "Take the space between us, and fill it up, fill it up, fill it up!" This "space" is evoked in an eerie, sprinting dub-rock style, with Sting addressing not only God but also a woman and the people of the world, begging for what he clearly feels is an impossible reconciliation.
    sillybunnyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe critics are right when they pinpoint [this] song as one of the weakest links on the album, mainly because it shows signs of self-plagiarism (hmm, haven't we already met that bassline before? 'Demolition Man'? 'Driven To Tears'?), but they miss one thing: Sting's total self-dedication. It's obviously the most personal and one of the most deeply felt cuts on the album, and while it lacks an immediate hook, it's so disgustingly sincere I don't have the heart to condemn the song. Besides, shoot, I really dig the bassline.
    [George Starostin]
    sillybunnyon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. I dig the drumming and percussion in this. Copeland is pretty cool.
    Lateralus518on March 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenta really good tune, I remember this from my teenhood that uplifting bassline always got me goin'
    then the subject of this one is quite obvious and adressed the most direct way
    indeed 'the fill it up' part is really taking too, shouted while sounding almost desperate you feel the guts behind it
    close in the same spirit to Xtc's 'dear god'.
    naivadaon July 08, 2007   Link

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