A Sermon

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"A Sermon"
the cover of the UK 7"
Recorded by The Police
Released: 1980
Recorded: 1978-04-02 / 1978-04-03
Length: 2:34
Album(s): Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Stewart Copeland
Producer(s): The Police
Studio(s): Surrey Sound Studios
Released as single? B-SIDE

"A Sermon" is a song written by Stewart Copeland and recorded by The Police in 1978.

About the song

"A Sermon" is a song written by Stewart Copeland on 1978-03-16 (music) and 1978-03-18 (still called No Excuse at that time).

It was originally recorded for Outlandos d'Amour on 1978-04-02 (backing track) and 1978-04-03 (vocals), but left off the record. It was finally released on 1980-12-01 as the B-side of the De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da single by The Police. .

Personnel

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Release History

Albums

"A Sermon" appears on the following album releases<ref>ThePolice.com. UltraStar Entertainment LLC. 08 April 2008. <http://www.thepolice.com/discog/?v=a&a=2&id=38></ref>:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Police-album-messageinaboxthecompleterecordings.jpg Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings 1993-09-30 United Kingdom

Singles

"A Sermon" was released as a 7" single.<ref>ThePolice.com. UltraStar Entertainment LLC. 21 April 2008. <http://www.thepolice.com/discog/?v=a&a=2&id=151></ref>


7" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Dedododo uk.jpg AMS 7578 "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"/"A Sermon" 1980-12-01 UK
Police-dedodododedadada-ams9110.jpg AMS 9110 "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"/"A Sermon" YYYY-MM-DD The Netherlands
Dontusa.jpg AM 2301 "Don't Stand So Close To Me"/"A Sermon" YYYY-MM-DD USA

Lyrics

Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners, and provided here for educational purposes only.

When you reach number ten 
And think the struggle ends 
But it ain't the end 
It's only a trend 

You have to unbend 
'Cause it's only a trend 
Don't lose all your friends 
Don't make your heroes end 

When you reach number eight 
It ain't no pearly gate 
'Cause it won't satiate 
Your growing appetite 
You can ply your trade 
And push your crusade 
Emancipate or indoctrinate, but the 
Traps are all laid for any honest crusade 
Your old values will fade 
As you struggle to make the grade 
As you struggle to make the grade 

You needn't bother! 

When you hit number four 
You're almost through the door 
But there's a whole lot 
More you just can't ignore 
The telephone's sure, you know the score 
But don't let this uproar 
Dissipate your encore 
It's written in the news 
How you paid your dues 
But you've no excuse 
For the people you abuse 

When you reach number one 
You can beat your drum 
You can sack your roadies in Birmingham 
When your record is platinum 
You can stick it to the [band] 
To the wall like you've always planned 
It's written in the news how you paid your dues 
But you've no excuse for the people you abuse 

When you reach number ten 
The people you abuse 
No excuse 
For the people you abuse 
You've got no excuse 
For the people you abuse
<ref>ThePolice.com. UltraStar Entertainment LLC. 07 April 2008. <http://www.thepolice.com/discog/?v=so&a=2&id=93></ref>

Quotations and trivia

"That's a Stewart song about making it which was a bit presumptious because we only just had. It's arrogant, but Stewart is good at being arrogant in a funny way - as in that Klark Kent line about 'If you don't like me, you can suck my socks'."

"We hadn't made it at all when we did this song. And we were all just as arrogant as each other from the start. At least success never changed us. Andy let me play most of the guitar, including the intro riff. He did the clever bit in the middle."

Alternative and cover versions

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See also

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External links

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References

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