Shape of My Heart (Sting song)

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"Shape of My Heart"
Sting - Shape of my heart.jpg
Single by Sting
from the album Ten Summoner's Tales
Released 1993
Length 4:41
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Sting and Dominic Miller
Producer(s) Sting & Hugh Padgham
Sting singles chronology
"Fields of Gold"
"Shape of My Heart"
"Nothing 'Bout Me"
"Fields of Gold"
"Shape of My Heart"
"Nothing 'Bout Me"

"Shape of My Heart" is a song by English artist Sting from his album Ten Summoner's Tales, released in 1993. The song was co-written by guitarist Dominic Miller. Sting explained that through "Shape of My Heart", he wanted to tell the story of a "card player, a gambler who gambles not to win but to try to figure out something; to figure out some kind of mystical logic in luck, or chance; some kind of scientific, almost religious law."[1] The song was used for the end credits of the film Léon with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.

Samples and interpolations[edit]

The song's backing track has been sampled or interpolated by several artists. At least two songs, Sugababes' "Shape" and Pastor Troy's "For My Soldiers", have also sampled the original recording's vocals.

Artist Song Album Year Comments
Nas "The Message" It Was Written 1996 Released as a single but did not chart
Monica "Take Him Back" The Boy Is Mine 1998
Blaque "Release Me" Blaque 1999
Hikaru Utada "Never Let Go" First Love 1999
Carl Thomas "Emotional" Emotional 2000 #47 in the US
Lil' Zane "Ways of the World" Young World: The Future 2000
Brainpower "Je Moest Waarschijnlijk Gaan" 2001
Craig David featuring Sting "Rise & Fall" Slicker Than Your Average 2002 #2 in the UK
Sugababes "Shape" Angels with Dirty Faces 2002 #11 in the UK
Kyo "About Thirty Times" My Girl 2006
Shontelle "I Crave You" Shontelligence 2008
Pastor Troy "For My Soldiers" Attitude Adjuster 2008
K Koke featuring Maverick Sabre "Turn Back" I Ain't Perfect 2012 #70 in the UK
Kyndall "Bullet" Still Down 2015
Tory Lanez featuring 50 Cent "Pieces" Memories Don't Die 2018
Juice WRLD "Lucid Dreams" Goodbye & Good Riddance 2018 #9 in the US

South Korean singer Rain's 2003 hit "Ways to Avoid the Sun" also has a backing track that has been compared to that of "Shape of My Heart".


Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman released a cover of "Shape of My Heart" on YouTube in February 2017.