Sting - Practical Arrangement Lyrics




Am I asking for the moon?
Is it really so implausible?
That you and I could soon
Come to some kind of arrangement?

I'm not asking for the moon
I've always been a realist
When it's really nothing more
Than a simple rearrangement

With one roof above our heads
A warm house to return to
We could start with separate beds
I could sleep alone or learn to
I'm not suggesting that we'd find
Some earthly paradise forever
I mean how often does that happen now
The answer's probably never
But we could come to an arrangement
A practical arrangement
And you could learn to love me
Given time

I'm not promising the moon
I'm not promising a rainbow
Just a practical solution
To a solitary life

I'd be a father to your boy
A shoulder you could lean on
How bad could it be
To be my wife?

With one roof above our heads
A warm house to return to
You wouldn't have to cook for me
You wouldn't have to learn to
I'm not suggesting that this proposition here
Could last forever
I've no intention of deceiving you
You're far too clever
But we could come to an arrangement
A practical arrangement
And perhaps you'd learn to love me
Given time

It may not be the romance
That you had in mind
But you could learn to love me
Given time





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  1. Sabrina Cheref

    who are the 92 assh*** who put a thumb down ?!!!! this is one the most moving songs I've ever heard

  2. cookaboorra

    Oh my goodness. this is our practical arrangement, you see...

  3. Adela HRNJIC

    ❤❤❤❤❤😢

  4. Andre Scheeren

    Ein Lied das in diesen Zeiten wohl vielen Leuten aus der Seele spricht. Nur das große Glück zählt, man übersieht so leicht die kleinen Dinge die verbinden...

  5. Arnold Sherrill

    This song both in music and lyrics is a literal gut punch, it's about memories and lost opportunities and it doesn't matter what race you are or gender or orientation this song will make you feel something and that's the whole point. Especially if you're over 40 this song makes you feel like you just survived your own personal Trainwreck and are left to deal with the aftermath

  6. Hamid Ĥussin

    حد عربي يستمع لهذه التحفه. ❤❤❤

  7. Holland VanDieren

    Love Sting's sophisticated lyrics and sincere, subtle delivery. Quite a refresher from the usual over-the-top, coarse and hyperbolic music of today. Sting would have been a comfortable contender for National Song Stylist aside Sinatra.

  8. Adi Farhan Yusof

    Love you Sting

  9. Nik Tour

    Heartbreaking

  10. whale 75

    Simply a masterpiece. Heart breaking. Suggestive. Sensitive to extreme. Here's a fusion-progr-metal drummer speaking.

  11. Gabriele Caleca

    Am I asking for the moon'
    Is it really so implausible'
    That you and I could soon
    Come to some kind of arrangement'
    I'm not asking for the moon
    I've always been a realist
    When it's really nothing more
    Than a simple rearrangement
    With one roof above our heads
    A warm house to return to
    We could start with separate beds
    I could sleep alone or learn to
    I'm not suggesting that we'd find
    Some earthly paradise forever
    I mean how often does that happen now
    The answer's probably never
    But we could come to an arrangement
    A practical arrangement
    And you could learn to love me
    Given time
    I'm not promising the moon
    I'm not promising a rainbow
    Just a practical solution
    To a solitary life
    I'd be a father to your boy
    A shoulder you could lean on
    How bad could it be
    To be my wife'
    With one roof above our heads
    A warm house to return to
    You wouldn't have to cook for me
    You wouldn't have to learn to
    I'm not suggesting that this proposition here
    Could last forever
    I've no intention of deceiving you
    You're far too clever
    But we could come to an arrangement
    A practical arrangement
    And perhaps you'd learn to love me
    Given time
    It may not be the romance
    That you had in mind
    But you could learn to love me
    Given time

  12. леся винидиктовна

    Твоё творчество- счастье 🍾🌠✨🎉

  13. maricielo torres

    Am I asking for the moon'
    Is it really so implausible'
    That you and I could soon
    Come to some kind of arrangement'

    I'm not asking for the moon
    I've always been a realist
    When it's really nothing more
    Than a simple rearrangement

    With one roof above our heads
    A warm house to return to
    We could start with separate beds
    I could sleep alone or learn to
    I'm not suggesting that we'd find
    Some earthly paradise forever
    I mean how often does that happen now
    The answer's probably never
    But we could come to an arrangement
    A practical arrangement
    And you could learn to love me
    Given time

    I'm not promising the moon
    I'm not promising a rainbow
    Just a practical solution
    To a solitary life

    I'd be a father to your boy
    A shoulder you could lean on
    How bad could it be
    To be my wife'

    With one roof above our heads
    A warm house to return to
    You wouldn't have to cook for me
    You wouldn't have to learn to
    I'm not suggesting that this proposition here
    Could last forever
    I've no intention of deceiving you
    You're far too clever
    But we could come to an arrangement
    A practical arrangement
    And perhaps you'd learn to love me
    Given time

    It may not be the romance
    That you had in mind
    But you could learn to love me
    Given time

  14. D Wood

    This is a “Simpish” song. All the Fish Taco will do is pop out a couple of kids, divorce u and take half and put u on child support and alimony.

  15. alice m

    You could learn to love me given time...

  16. Natalie Moffat

    Sent shivers down my back, beautiful

  17. Aniela Teodora M.

    My wedding song 💙

  18. Kutalp Kaplan

    Steve Borden gece horlasa dinlerim.

  19. Angélique Nomade

    Against all odds.... She loves you

  20. GREGORY RUSSO

    Such a wonderfully SAD song. Itr makes me so sad, yet the song is beautiful & full of hope...

  21. Bilbi111

    heard it on the radio first time yesterday and was shocked I never heard this before. Such an emotional song and great voice by Sting

  22. yash agar

    Awesome

  23. W Trolleybus

    I burst into tears when I first heard this as it's exactly how I feel about somebody whom I have fallen a little bit in love with but there is nothing that be done about it AND I have no idea if she knows how I feel.  I see her infrequently & this old heart flips.

  24. Ruizinho

    I came here after watching Salvador and Luisa's interview in RTP 1 :D

    Gaby P

    Same XD

    aerrhh

    Rui Carvalho hahahah eu também!

  25. Curtisr Ramsaroop

    God bless you Sting

  26. Kenneth LaFave

    Astonishingly simple, direct, and perfect. This is what happens when a great artist looks straight at an emotion and lets it run through his art.

  27. Linda Rose

    This is the most beautiful song and lyrics I have heard in ages. A real melody!Sting just brings me to tears.Unique.

  28. Roxtrongo Opercot

    desgarradoramente perfecta solo llegemos a un arreglo

  29. Camille Freda

    Beautiful tune. Sting was great in "The Last Ship" ; great talent writing, dancing, singing....what can't that man do? LOVED IT in NYC!!

  30. Ron Barzilai

    .Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling's stellar performance of this song brought me here, and I honestly think they did it better

    Ed Espinoza

    Ron Barzilai I also caught them at the Monterey Jazz Festival and I also think they did it better. Such a beautiful song. Bravo Sting.

    Ahmed 'AQ' AlQasim

    Totally agree. I love Sting, but I just think that he was rushing with such beautiful lyrics.

    anya rasmussen

    Ron html.

    Cody Martin

    I agree Ahmed. A song like this definitely needs to be sung slower, give the words more weight. It sounds like he's badgering the object of his affection more than offering a 'practical arrangement'

    MaikoZafiro

    I'll have to listen to Marsalis's and Elling's rendition, but to be fair, this was composed to be sung in a musical. That's what would have been on Sting's mind, and in a theatrical setting, while slow songs are a must, you never want to take it so slow that it slows the pace of the production. Actually, I rather like Sting's tempo because rather than being "sung," the text is almost spoken - it feels a little "Sunday in the Park with George" to me. :) Regardless, this song is a masterpiece.

  31. Goharik Yepremyan

    This is perfection

  32. sig iaro

    brilliant song about two lost people

  33. dechagny

    This song makes me cry like a little bitch... I don't know why I find it so sad, but it's the combination of hope, desperation and something else I can't put my finger on to.

    Naomi B-Y

    Strike "like a little bitch" and this is a lovely sentiment. Frankly, just stop using that statement; it doesn't speak well of you.

    TEMUJIN ARTS

    Naomi B-Y Hey, listen.. if he want to express himself in that fashion LET HIM.
    Come down from your high horse

  34. Phoenix25

    This is realistic love..Love without delusions and fairy tales. Love is amazing but only of you accept the fact that no human being is perfect...it takes work and selflessness...

  35. marco deliso

    so beautiful this song

  36. James J

    I've always enjoyed Sting's work, but this song just floors me. To me, it reveals a true genius for composition and lyrics, but it also shows the depth of his voice. This is definitely one of the top 5 songs of my life. Beautiful beyond words.

  37. SCHULTZ HENC

    so beautifull............

  38. Anas Nih

    The perfect proposal song ..

  39. Marija Branković

    Humility and modesty without the mystifications about love. Very rare in the sea of romantically exalted love songs.

    Dean burney

    Marija Branković brilliant!

  40. Speggy Wee

    Out of all Sting's works, I'm gonna admit that this is the most richest in emotion of them all... You can disagree, but this one has specific meanings reflecting on my life when i listen to it, so this doesn't speak for everyone. Different ears hear different things.

    Philip Richard Greenwood

    +Speggy Wee Yes, you can relate to it, we get it............. What I dont get is the "Different ears hear different things", everyone hears the same, its just what they choose to take on board or not, and of course, there is the argument of subjective interpretation, but it is not as strong an argument in all cases, especially when there is a clear message.

    ofsaytosman11

    @Philip Richard Greenwood o9

    Philip Richard Greenwood

    @ofsaytosman11 whatever that means

    Adela HRNJIC

    Bravo❤👍

  41. Pedro Miranda

    Magnificent!

  42. David Hancock

    Something so quiet and sad and beautiful and wonderful.

  43. Vikaash Mahabir

    Great song, great lyrics. Just about people yearning for love, even in unfavourable circumstances...

  44. Gabriella Occhino

    Words of this song make me so melancholy. Amazing song, really.

  45. Marina Brunner

    And I see an angel in the sky, is going straight on me and you :)

  46. late fall chill

    This song is just like my life. My "Practical Arrangement" to a 12 years younger woman than I was never accepted, so now I'm all alone and old with only hollow memories of intention ...... At least my life has been done in a song ... Thank you Sting.

  47. Keith A. Sanford

    This song is amazing. It's so beautifully desperate.

    Ann Cymonka

    @Keith A Sanford I wouldn't call it desperate.

  48. 30081967iwa

    Ileż miłości w tych słowach...do tej kobiety... Piękna pieśń.

  49. mitsos76

    Why Sting?

  50. Lars Olav Tungesvik

    wow. the old man can still make beautiful songs.

  51. Elda Di Bez

    Que canción impresionante. Excelente, como todo lo que compone e interpreta Sting. Hubiera merecido un Gramy

    Gabriel Villicaña Martínez

    Disculpe muy buena observacion pero no se preocupe este sr es como los buenos vinos sin promosion pero solo los conosedores finos lo saben saludos

  52. jingnan zhang

    Given time!

  53. Anna Karin Karlsson

    I just love this music! Thank you so much for this brilliant song!

  54. Kjeld Pedersen

    Man, there's a time a song hits hard and wow this one does it it in so many levels! I'm just celebrating my thirties, and looking back, I wouldn't be ready for this song before and neither am truly today. It takes life to understand this, to have failed, and grown from it. How often does a song ever graces the ones who've ended here. (It's usually the romantic encounter that is sang). I've thankfully haven't gotten there, but I can see that with age things are a little more complicated and we have to simplify them and thrive to be happy, encountered this with my mom, with a new friend, a single lady with an young son. I hope that this shines the days to the ones who've found them in this position and more songs of older life, shines the young as the natives indians pray respects to the elder's wisdom. As for Sting, this is an art lesson to what every artist should strive for, to move people, represent them and allow them to see things in a different perpective, and he did an entire broadway show for gods sake with amazing track and stories. Thank you for presenting new to me after thirty years!

  55. tips22

    The duet version with Jo Lowry really gives a different twist to this song. It's so hauntingly real either way. Love the entire album and this is my fave!

  56. NetteaDG

    I'd say YES! It wouldn't take much time, I'm there!

  57. Daniel Lenz

    so clever and sensitive

  58. Mandotwang

    THIS is songwriting.

  59. Elisabetta Pagani

    Un groviglio di emozioni...

  60. speedkinger

    Really Great Song !!!!

  61. Caroline Gilbert

    so hauntingly beautiful

  62. Aeteros Rusbody

    Damn it... Those are some truly sincere lyrics. How can someone come up with words like that if he hasn't lived through a similar situation?

    Adelina Graichen

    This showef his sensitivity and incredible empathy

  63. Dominique Klein

    Masterpiece.... coming from a man....

  64. Pattaya Upara

    2 saddest parts about this song is:
    1. it's totally idealistics
    2. the ending spoiled on the 10th song in the album, and it broke me badly

    Sting is such storyteller I never found another in my 20-years time of life.

  65. mrmedallis

    ive always been a realist...................

  66. Marlis Holmes

    Maybe sting should find a good osteopath and straighten out his ideas. Couples should sleep together in the same room at least. What is his problem?

    straycat316

    @Marlis Holmes
    You're welcome, and it's been really nice to do :)
    A bit of romance isn't that bad indeed, can be a bit of dark to me at all...:)
    Thanks for your nice wishes, well, summer's quite far away here, i'm waiting for some snow...**
    Enjoy your summer and Christmas.

    Mikael Flarup Bagger

    Wonderful conversation. A rarity here on YouTube

    Marlis Holmes

    Don't get me wrong stray cat you romantic spirit you,  I love sting and there is nothing dark about it apart from the dog star and the southern constellation eg the southern cross. Let's get it straight about the rigging shall we? Anyways just think about the seagulls because they can be quite relevant although that may surprise some folk, they do call out a warning for a drop in barometric pressure.  Watch for that. Hearts spades and diamonds abc  

    straycat316

    @Marlis Holmes Lol, don't worry :)
    I'm really not THAT romantical spirit, btw, i just love such lovely harmonical songs.
    Ok, i will have a eye upon the seagulls, though i like their 'warnings', such a great seaside mood!
    Happy belated Valentine's Day, hope, it's been nice...;)

    Toi Hendricks

    Interpretation  as if I were the  songwriter, it  sounds to  me that this  song  was  written  for the  x  lover  and  it  was a plea  to rekindle what they once  had  ... growing  trust  for [him] ....given time, things  would  end up  back the  way it needs  to  be !   I love this  song   excellent  arrangement!   #myowninterpretation  

  67. straycat316

    This is but very beautiful :)

  68. Michael Mirnoff

    Reminds me of Beauty and The Beast

  69. Denise Chicheportiche

    C'est d'une telle beauté belle vidéo

  70. Tetske van Ossewaarde

    This morning my pilates teacher opened class and started the song after the first excercise. I was truly moved from the opening notes and could only lie still and listen. What a beauty of a song in all aspects. Thank you Sting

  71. TheBastet24

    Восхитительная музыка, прекрасные слова)

  72. LEVITATE

    Masterpiece

  73. Wilberta Berry

    Another winner from Sting except, this is so soulful and so REAL and meaningful.....love it!

  74. Sally Gomez

    As we all get older, I am only 56, but the lyrics to this song really hits home. Thanks to you, Sting, for making my not only my day, but the years since my divorce. I have been oh so depressed. I only hope there is someone else out there that feels the same way.

  75. classiclover123

    Gosh, Sting's songs are always so moving. This is heartwrenchingly beautiful!

  76. SIEKIERA

    If you find Sting lyrics for Police" fantastic","provoking" and "vapid" I give up.If it is working for you that is fine with me and Sting probably as well.He is great musician but unfortunately graphomaniac.There is not many musicians that can combine writing lyrics and music .Sting is not one of them.Maybe if you could try listen to David Sylvian than maybe you would know what I mean.Respect

  77. ChakrockChalk

    The wonderings....the honesty...the reassurances with remaining questions...the depth of the offering...absolutely moving.

  78. Katie Layne

    Wow, incredible. No other voice could make these beautiful lyrics so powerful. Perfection. Gives me chills.

  79. Becky Cherry

    so beautiful!!!

  80. George Garcia

    I find him to be a wonderful songwriter. The songs he wrote for The Police are lyrically fantastic. He's had numerous hits in his solo career where his lyrics have been excellent. They are often thought provoking and they stir the emotions. At least they do for me. His songs are not simple and vapid like most of what we hear today. Is this one a masterpiece? No. But saying that he "shouldn't touch a pen" is harsh. And I'd think it would also be a disservice, as he still has plenty to offer.

  81. PastExpiryDotCom

    Thumbs up if my personal ad brought you here.....

  82. Isrin Saaid

    Beautiful song. So much like The Pirate's Bride...

  83. hapefirst

    Why this sounds like the sequel of his old song When We Dance? :P

  84. SIEKIERA

    fuck can be sad?

  85. SIEKIERA

    OMG why is he still writing?great musician but do not touch a pen

  86. SIEKIERA

    if you are in need of inteligent lyrics you should maybe listen to Smiths

  87. SIEKIERA

    Sad as fuck ? Maybe .....but not graphomanic sad as fuck and I am loving it..

  88. unkomannn

    you are SAD as fuck

  89. SIEKIERA

    Graphomania from Police days continous" there is is no political solution
    To our troubled evolution
    Have no faith in constitution
    There is no bloody revolution" BRAVO
    ...Greatness?.... maybe for some I find greatness somewhere else where musicians do not put band together to make load of cash.Maybe some of you should introduce yourself to David Sylvian or after Sting "poetry" that would be one step to high.I feel so good living like that do not feel sad for me.

  90. kierannn

    I'm not even angry at that. Sure, I could spend ages explaining why you are wrong on so many levels - but in reality, I just feel sad for you. Sad that you don't understand it's greatness. What it has endured and given to lovers of art and entertainment around the world. Sorry you have to live like that.

  91. SIEKIERA

    thank you for reading my comment and wasting your time but any Broadway production is waste of time period....unless you are old jewish/ lady or someone who likes to hum simple two notes in shower respect

  92. Gosia Broniszewska

    these words are so simple but so elegantly put together in a marvelous poem...

  93. Александр Майданов

    красивая песня

  94. Elena Manrique

    Sencillamente impresionante

  95. kierannn

    Hmmm, I'm going to have to say that your comment is far more of a waste of time. But thanks for playing anyhow!

  96. kierannn

    Heard this song (and the album) for the first time today. What an absolute work of brilliance. Goosebumps every time I listen to this song. Once again Sting provides us hope in the musical world that their is still great music out there to be made.

  97. SIEKIERA

    anything from broadway is waste of time