Sumner's Tales: Sting talks...
"I think it would be an obvious single, which is probably why it's not gonna be the (first) single. I think it sounds like a Sting song. It's a big sort of rousing chorus and it's a very recognisable sound from me. It's a fairy tale I suppose. It sounds like something from "A Thousand and One Nights" about a thief and a princess and how he takes her out of her set life, which is to be promised to someone she didn't know. I think you can be robbed of everything in this life - your home, your money, your self-respect - yet if you only have love, if you have a relationship, then it doesn't matter because that is really the one thing that sustains you through your whole life, and ought to. So I think love conquers all is the message I'm trying to give there. I actually believe it. I'm not just being a romantic."
Interview for Interscope Records, 5/99
"I'd been trekking in India and I walked into a rajah's palace one night, really late. It was the middle of the night. And there were all these guards sleeping with rifles on their chests, in the courtyard, and the first line of the song became, 'The palace guards are all sleeping.' It's a beautiful sight - and that didn't stop me (from) going in."
"After the Rain was actually the one I spent the most time on. It's very satisfying, too. I work with some of the best musicians in the world, and it always pleases me when they turn around and say, "I don't know how you do that!" They're so much better than I am - but this is my niche. It's what I do."
Bass Player, 3/00
'After The Rain Has Fallen' appears on the 'Brand New Day' album and was released as a single in the UK. The song was an ever present on the 'Brand New Day' world tour, often sequeing into 'We'll Be Together'. Arguably the most typically 'Sting' song on the album the video featured Sting seemingly trapped in a small glass box avoiding falling material, and a "Repulsion" like walls with hands effect. Very strange. The single featured a number of mixes of the song - the 'Video Edit' mix, the 'Tin-Tin Out' mix, the 'Tin-Tin Out Edit' mix and the single also included the promo video. Sadly, the single exited the charts after only one week in the UK.