STING (1993): The title is a mild literary joke because my name, Sumner, comes from the medieval name Summoner and a Summoner was someone who summoned you to court or to see the king. The Canterbury Tales which was written by Geoffrey Chaucer in the fifteenth century is a collection of stories told by a group of pilgrims – there’s a nun, a miller, a knight, a summoner, a pardoner and they each tell a story…romantic stories, funny stories, rude stories and they are all told in different styles. It’s a kind of ragbag. So I thought there was a connection, because the album is essentially a ragbag of styles – it comes from everywhere and the only thing that connects it is me. So I thought of my connection with this name Summoner and with the album being an eclectic ragbag of tunes I’ll call it ‘Ten Summoner’s Tales’.
1. Prologue (If I Ever Lose My Faith in You)
♥2. Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
Love is stronger than justice
Love is thicker than blood
Love, love, love is stronger than justice
Love is a big fat river in flood
♥3. Fields of Gold
A classic. Please also check out the cover by Eva Cassidy.
4. Heavy Cloud No Rain
5. She’s Too Good for Me
♥6. Seven Days
It bothers me that this song is #6. Can’t help but compare this one to The Cure’s Friday I’m In Love. The Cure wins, but not by much. Did you catch parts of Every Little Thing She Does is Magic at the end?
7. Saint Augustine in Hell
Another possible allusion to Canterbury? Don’t love this one.
8. It’s Probably Me
9. Everybody Laughed but You
♥ 10. Shape of My Heart
He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He don’t play for respect