Wrapped Around Your Finger

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"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
Single by The Police
from the album Synchronicity
B-side "Someone to Talk To" (UK)
"Tea in the Sahara" (live) (US)
Released July 1983 (1983-07) UK
January 1984 (1984-01) US
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 1982 at AIR Studios, Montserrat for basic tracks, then January–February 1983 at Le Studio, Quebec, Canada for overdubs and mixing[1]
Genre New wave
Length 5:13
Label A&M - AM 127
Writer(s) Sting
Producer(s) The Police, Hugh Padgham
The Police singles chronology
"Every Breath You Take"
(UK, 1983)
"Synchronicity II"
(US, 1983)
"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
"Synchronicity II"
(UK, 1983)
"Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"
(US, 1986)
Alternative cover
FRA/NL 7-inch single cover

"Wrapped Around Your Finger" is the second UK single (and fourth US single) from The Police's 1983 album Synchronicity. It was released worldwide by A&M Records and featured the non-album track "Someone to Talk To" as a B-side in the UK, while a live version of "Tea in the Sahara" was the US B-side.

Like other Police songs from this period, it features mythological and literary references, including the Scylla and Charybdis monsters of Greek mythology, and the German legend of Faust. It has a relatively slow, almost foreboding feel in the beginning verses, modulating to evoke a lighter, triumphant feel during the chorus. It reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1983[2] and was the fourth single from Synchronicity to chart in the US, making it to #8 on the Billboard chart in March 1984.

The song clearly references the 1973 song Sea Journey by Chick Corea[citation needed].

Music video[edit]

The music video furthers the ethereal feeling the song gives off, by having footage of the band performing in a candle-lit, gloomy room, interspersed with scenes of Sting running among tall candlesticks arranged in a sort of maze. Andy Summers is shown playing an acoustic guitar, an instrument not used in any of the Police's recordings.

The music on the recording of the video was played fast and the "singing" was mimed fast. When the music was slowed down to normal speed, the members of the band appear to be moving in slow motion.

The video was directed by Godley & Creme.


In a positive retrospective review of the song, AllMusic journalist Steve Huey described Wrapped Around Your Finger as "a complex take on power dynamics in relationships." He suggested that "the complexity of its jumpy rhythms mirrors that of its emotional psychology."[3]

Allmusic colleague Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the song as "a devilishly infectious new wave single".[4]


Track listing[edit]

7": A&M / AM 127 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - 5:07
  2. "Someone to Talk To" - 3:08
  • also released on picture disc (AMP127). One per member.

7": A&M / AM-2614 (US)[edit]

  1. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - 5:07
  2. "Murder by Numbers" - 4:37

12": A&M / AMX 127 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - 5:07
  2. "Someone to Talk To" - 3:08
  3. "Message in a Bottle" (live) - 4:52
  4. "I Burn for You" - 4:50

12": A&M / SP17264 (US)[edit]

  1. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - 5:07
  2. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" (live) - 5:21
  3. "Murder by Numbers" - 4:37
  4. "Someone to Talk To" - 3:08
  • US promo 12"


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Preceded by
"Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" by Paul Young
Irish IRMA number-one single
July 30, 1983 – August 13, 1983 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Give It Up" by KC and the Sunshine Band