Song of the Day #3,754: ‘Fill Her Up’ – Sting

Brand New Day, released in 1999, was Sting’s sixth solo album. It’s the last of his albums I chose to own, despite him releasing six more since.

I can’t argue that this album soured me on Sting because, looking at the tracklist, it’s damn good. ‘Desert Rose,’ ‘After the Rain Has Fallen,’ ‘Ghost Story’ and ‘Brand New Day’ are all top-notch. And ‘Fill Her Up,’ today’s random SOTD, is one of Sting’s most successfully ambitious efforts ever.

Part country and part gospel, with a little James Taylor thrown in for texture, this is a musical journey, not just a song. I’d call it the last great thing Sting ever did, but I guess I’d have to listen to those next six albums first to confirm it.

[Verse 1]
Mobile station
Where I stand
This old gas pump
In my hand
The Boss don’t like me
Face like a weasel
All on my hands
The smell of diesel
Here comes the big shot
Here he comes!
From the city
God Damn!
A V-8 engine
She runs so pretty
Woo!
Fill ‘er up son
With unleaded
I need a full tank of gas
Where I’m headed
Up in the front seat
A pretty red head
We’re going to Vegas
We’re going to get wed
Fill her up son!
Don’t be staring!
Yeah that’s a real diamond she be wearing

[Chorus]
I’m going to treat my baby one day
I’m going to fill her up and head out West
I’m going to find some money alright. Yeah
That’s it

[Verse 2]
See those tail lights headed West
I got no money
To invest
I got no prospects
Or education
I was lucky to get the job at this gas station
That old cash box [x2]
On the top shelf [x2]
The boss is sleeping [x2]
I’ll just help myself
Let’s consider this
As just a loan
I can sort it out later on the phone

[Chorus]
I’m going to pick my girl up tonight
I’m going to fill ‘er up and head west
I’m going to show her all the bright lights
We’re going to say we lived ‘fore we come home

[Verse 3]
And as I head through the woods on the way back
The evening sun is slanting through the pine trees real pretty
It’s like I walked into a glade of heaven
And there’s music playing
And this money is cold in my hand and a voice somewhere says
Why were you going to take that stolen thing?
What real happiness can it bring?

[Outro]
You’re going to fill her up with sadness
You’re going to fill her up with shame
You’re going to fill her up with sorrow before she even takes your name
You’re going to fill her up with madness
You’re going to fill her up with pain
You’re going to live with no tomorrow
You’re going to fill her up with hate
You’re going to fill her up darkness
You’re going to fill her up with light
You got ta fill her up with Jesus!
You got ta fill her up with light!
You got ta fill her up with spirit! Fill her up!
You’ve gotta fill her up with faith
You gotta fill her up with heaven!
You’ve got the rest of life to face
You’ve got ta fill her up right away
You’ve got ta fill her up with faith
You’ve got ta fill her up with babies
You’ve got ta fill her up with this way
You’re going to love that girl forever
Your going to fill her up for life
You’re going to be her loving husband
She going to be your loving wife
You’ve got to fill her up with gladness
You got to fill her up with joy!
You got to fill her up with love [x3]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,754: ‘Fill Her Up’ – Sting

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I agree there were some good songs on this album, but I too lost track of Sting after this record. I’ve heard him p,ay some new material since promoting new albums on talk shows, but nothing I’ve heard has made me think I’m missing out by not exploring his subsequent output.

  2. Amy says:

    He made six albums after this?! Wonder why we all stopped caring/listening.

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