Sting]: Well quite deliberately in that the song is, are, is in two distinct parts. The first part is about the things I've lost faith in. It's quite easy to be, um, precise about the things you've lost, at least I've lost, faith in. Politics. Media. Uh...science. Technology. Things that, y'know, everybody feels this at the moment. And yet I, along with most other people, have a great deal of hope and y'know, a feeling of things can, things will and can get better. But so what do we place our faith in? What do we still have faith in? And I can't define that as easily as I can define what I don't believe in anymore. Uh, and yet it still exists. So I haven't defined it. I've just said, "If I ever lose my faith in you." And you, or you (laughs), could be, uh, my producer (laughs again). It could, it could be, uh, faith in, in God. It could be a faith in myself or a faith in, um, romantic love. It could be all of those things, but I don't define it. I think it's important not to define it, because it's, once you define something it's, it evaporates. I think it's important in, uh, this day and age when we're dictated to by MusicTeleVision that, y'know, what a particular song is about that, uh, the old ambiguity that songwriters had can be retained y'know?
Question: If I Ever Lose My Faith In You starts off very suddenly, tell us about that.
[Sting]: It starts off with a flattened fifth. Actually flat five is an interesting chord because it was banned by the church. It's called a tri-tone. And it was banned by the church! It was the devil's music. Um, most blues scales - oh, the blues scale is based on a tri-tone - has a tri-tone in it. And in sacred music, from the middle ages, the Pope banned the tri-tone. And banned the flattened fifth. It's dis, dis, disconcerting. It puts you ill-at-ease. That's...It's also my favorite interval. (laughs) So, we start that way so you think the song has been going on for a while, but it hasn't. The album's full of little tricks like this.