Told in an interview that his song, "All This Time," the first single from his new album "The Soul Cages," sounds like Paul Simon, Sting laughs and says that he did a version of the song that's not on his new album in which he really does imitate Simon.

"It's in the phrasing, getting a lot of syllables into one line," said Sting."I'm a good friend of Paul's. He heard about it and flew from New York to Paris and said, `Play me my song.' Then he said, `Nah, it doesn't sound like me.'

"If you're attempting to write literary pop music you have to tip your hat to the master. He is the master."