Fragile (Sting song)

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Single by Sting
from the album ...Nothing Like the Sun
Released 1988
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1987
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 3:54
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) Sting
Sting singles chronology
"Englishman in New York"
"They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)"

"Fragile" is a song written and performed by English musician Sting from his 1987 album ...Nothing Like the Sun. Released as a single the following year, it placed to number 70 on the UK Singles Chart. Sung additionally in both Spanish and Portuguese under the titles Fragilidad and Fragil, it appeared twice more on his 1988 EP variant of the album, Nada como el sol. The Spanish version features as a b-side to "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying".

The song is a tribute to Ben Linder, an American civil engineer who was killed by the Contras in 1987 while working on a hydroelectric project in Nicaragua.[1] The studio version is widely regarded as Sting's signature song, along with "Fields of Gold".


The song was featured in the 1992 Academy Award winning documentary film The Panama Deception, about the U.S. invasion of Panama in December 1989.

"Fragile" was the opening song in Sting's ...All This Time concert, recorded on the evening of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The song also appears in the closing scenes of "Come from the Shadows", episode 59 of 21 Jump Street, the fourth episode of Season Four.[citation needed]

The song also appears in the 1995 Oscar nominated documentary The Living Sea.[citation needed]


The song has been covered by many international artists including Québécois singer Bruno Pelletier, Turkish bağlama artist Ahmet Koç, American jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, American trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, American soul singer Isaac Hayes, Mercedes Sosa and Pedro Aznar from Argentina, Nils Landgren, Shirley Clamp, Dionne Warwick, Julio Iglesias, Anita Lipincka, Jesse Cook, Stringmansassy, Holly Cole y Javier Ruibal in spanish.

  • It was performed during the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
  • It has scored rendition on the instrumental music side as well, trumpeter Bruce Glover covered the song from his 2005 album Fragile.[2]
  • In 2006, saxophonist Michael Lington covered the song from his album "A Song for You."[3][4]
  • The following year, guitarist Blake Aaron covered the song from his album "Desire."[5][6]
  • Brazilian recording artist Marina Elali recorded a Brazilian version of the song for her self-titled debut album, also singing some parts in English.[7]
  • A version is played by Sting with Stevie Wonder.
  • Sting performed this song with Paul Simon on their "Paul Simon & Sting On Stage Together" tour in 2014.