Just so we're clear, I have a healthy respect for Lethal Weapon. I'm even proud to say that I once wrote an essay on the first installment for my popular American film course back in my university days. But unfortunately by the time audiences had reached the third film in the series, I think it's safe to say that the magic was gone. So while most of my picks for Scenes (Songs) We Love have been happy marriages of music and film, this time, the music and the movie aren't really a marriage -- it's more like like Sting and Eric Clapton's It's Probably Me from Lethal Weapon 3 is the long-suffering partner who really does deserve better.
The song was written and recorded by Sting and Clapton (who notoriously broke the one rule of movie theme songs in his contribution to The Color of Money by giving away the ending in the lyrics) and was written specifically for the film. Sting later went on to re-record the song for his 1993 album, Ten Summoner's Tales, without any of the original musicians, and a live 'jazzier' version of the song also appeared on a CD single for the Stallone's sci-fi action flick, Demolition Man.
It was the perfect tune for the tale of man-love set amongst the explosions, and unlike the film, captured the vibe of the duo known as Riggs and Murtaugh. So while I might have been bummed to see Riggs (Mel Gibson) wacky about fatherhood and that Joe Pesci's schtick was gaining in screen time, it didn't stop me from tracking down this song for my personal collection -- right beside my Batman Forever soundtrack and filed under: Bad Movies with Good Songs.
After the jump; "if there's one guy, just one guy. Who'd lay down his life for you and die..."