Romm Diamonds Blog
May 1st, 2015
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you hit songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we have Sting of The Police singing the beautiful and timeless “Wrapped Around Your Finger” from the blockbuster 1983 album, Synchronicity.

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Sting uses jewelry imagery and literary references to describe a controlling relationship in which he's forced to dance with the devil. He sings, “I can see the destiny you sold turned into a shining band of gold.”

But in the end he turns the tables and the chorus changes from "I'll be wrapped around your finger" to "You'll be wrapped around my finger."

The 63-year-old singer/songwriter/musician explained in Lyrics By Sting that, "this song is vaguely alchemical and probably about a friend of mine, a professional psychic and my tutor in tarot, with bits of Doctor Faustus and The Sorcerer's Apprentice thrown into the pot for good measure."

"Wrapped Around Your Finger" was the fourth U.S. single released from Synchronicity, an album that topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold more than eight million copies. “Wrapped Around Your Finger” ascended to #8 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

At the 1984 Grammy Awards, Synchronicity was nominated for five awards — including Album of the Year — and won three.

Even though The Police disbanded in 1986, each member continued with successful solo careers. The group came together for a tour in 2007-2008 to mark The Police’s 30th anniversary.

Please check out the magical live performance of “Wrapped Around Your Finger” from 2008. It features Sting on lead vocals, Steward Copeland on percussion and Andy Summer on guitar. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
Written by Sting. Performed by The Police.

You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes
Hypnotized by you if I should linger
Staring at the ring around your finger.

I have only come here seeking knowledge,
Things they would not teach me of in college.
I can see the destiny you sold turned into a shining band of gold.

I'll be wrapped around your finger.
I'll be wrapped around your finger
Mephistopheles is not your name
I know what you're up to just the same
I will listen hard to your tuition,
You will see it come to its fruition.
I'll be wrapped around your finger.
I'll be wrapped around your finger.

Devil and the deep blue sea behind me,
Vanish in the air you'll never find me.
I will turn your face to alabaster,
When you'll find your servant is your master.

You'll be wrapped around my finger
You'll be wrapped around my finger
You'll be wrapped around my finger


Image: YouTube screen capture