"wrapped around your finger" as written by and Sting....
You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis
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

[Chorus]
I'll be wrapped around your finger
I'll be wrapped around your finger

Mephistopheles is not your name
But I know what you're up to just the same
I will listen hard to your tuition
And you will see it come to it's fruition

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

You'll be wrapped around my finger


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"Wrapped Around Your Finger" as written by Sting

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    General CommentI like this song. It's about a man who's been screwed over by the woman he loves, when all of a sudden, he turns the tables on her. Payback's a bitch.
    Bodesteron October 29, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"You consider me the young apprentice
    Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes,"

    Younger man older woman..."Scylla and Charibdes" greek monsters ie "rock and a hard place."

    She has the advantage, she thinks.

    "Staring at the ring around your finger"
    She is married...

    "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"

    He is not as deep into her as she thinks.
    It's a fling, and he nows she is taking a the chances..."destiny you sold"

    "I'll be wrapped around your finger"
    He's playing her...

    "Mephistopheles is not your name
    But I know what you're up to just the same"

    She not the "devil" but the game she is playing is not a good one.

    "I will listen hard to your tuition
    And you will see it come to it's fruition"

    He'll play along..

    "Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
    Vanish in the air you'll never find me"

    It's over....he's out of there..

    "I will turn your face to alabaster
    Then you'll find your servant is your master, "

    Alabaster....her face is white with dispair.

    the end
    stephenwson December 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentan amazingly touching song . the video could have been amazing . but its crap...... they should have been on an island............i too like the twist at the end . that is the sound of revenge
    for_akilleron September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou know, I think it's sung "wraps around your finger" instead of "wrapped" even though everyone says wrapped. Not that it matters. Know what I think, Al? Another prophesy song and he's got your number. "Mephistopheles is not your name" and it isn't but man, you can do a pretty mean imitation when you get cooking.
    Why, thank you!
    That wasn't supposed to be a compliment, but okay. I now think that he, as Pete, KNOWS he's going to get past you and he's going to ...
    Turn my face to alabaster? Don't think so.
    This presents such exciting developments! I never dreamed that maybe Pete and Ariana could sit on you!
    They can't!
    You sound slightly nervous, Al. Maybe they can. Maybe I'm not the baby. Maybe it's you. Maybe they just let the toddler have a free hand for a few years. Paybacks can be hell, ya know!
    A sweetheart like me has no concerns.
    Who are you referring to? Surely not yourself!
    I'm a playful darling and you both love me dearly.
    I believe that. I truly do, but I also think the script could be changing here and I never dreamed that might be possible. What a rush!
    Don't count your chicks before they're hatched, kid. It might not be a prophetic song. It could have been Pete indulging in wishful thinking.
    Okay, but still ... the possibilities!
    Put a lid on it, baby.
    sillybunnyon July 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment[Stephen Holden—Rolling Stone 1983] "Wrapped around Your Finger" takes a longer, colder view of the institution of marriage. Its Turkish-inflected reggae sound underscores a lyric that portrays marriage as an ancient, ritualistic hex conniving to seduce the innocent and the curious into a kind of slavery.
    sillybunnyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn’t begin to guess what Sting intended, but I will share how I interpret the song. I don’t think this is a song about lust at all. I think it is a song of forbidden love – true love. He loves her, and she loves him. But yes, she is married, and she will not leave her husband. He is young, and therefore he cannot provide the security her husband can. It seems to me he is aware that their love is true and rare, but she does not fully understand that yet.

    You consider me the young apprentice
    Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes.

    She thinks in his youth that his dreams of love are just fantasies, and he is caught between the torment of loving her and not being able to be with her.

    Hypnotized by you if I should linger
    Staring at the ring around your finger.

    The longer he is near her, the deeper he falls under her spell, the deeper in love he falls, but he she is spoken for, and he cannot forget that.

    I have only come here seeking knowledge,
    Things they would not teach me of in college.

    He has come to learn about love, to try and understand their connection, his emotions, her emotions, human nature. Things you can only learn through personal experience, not from a book.

    I can see the destiny you sold
    turned into a shining band of gold.

    The destiny she sold is the true love and happiness she might have known, if she had not married the wrong man.

    I'll be wrapped around your finger.
    I'll be wrapped around your finger.

    He is hers, he loves her, he bends to her will. The wedding band is a symbol of true love – he is wrapped around her finger symbolically because he loves her, he is her metaphorical “husband” because his heart belongs to her.

    Mephistopheles is not your name,
    But I know what you're up to just the same.

    In a passage from Marlowe's Faustus, Mephistopheles says:
    'Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
    Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of God,
    And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,
    Am not tormented with ten thousand hells
    In being deprived of everlasting bliss?'

    Mephistopheles sold his soul to the devil for knowledge. She has sold her soul to the devil by turning away from true love for whatever benefit the marriage offers her, and she likely makes many excuses and justifications to him for why she stays, but he knows the truth, he knows what she has done, and that she will be tormented by it in the end.

    I will listen hard to your tuition,
    And you will see it come to it's fruition.
    [chorus]

    He will learn from her, how one turns away from true love, and he will find a way to break away from her and move on.


    Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
    Vanish in the air you'll never find me.

    Here I don’t think he’s talking to her – Devil and the deep blue sea is a similar reference to the Scylla and Charibdes - I think he’s addressing his own pain, saying he’ll put his heartbreak behind him, forget her, vanish and the pain will never find him again. Notice how this is part of the song that is emphasized, that is richly emotional – because this is part where he makes up his mind to break away.

    I will turn your face to alabaster,
    When you find your servant is your master

    Here he is addressing her, because once he is gone from her life, only in his absence will she truly understand how deeply she loves him, her face will go white (alabaster also means white) with the pain, her heart will turn to stone without love, and she will understand that he truly does rule her heart.

    You'll be wrapped around my finger (x4)

    Then she will know what he has felt, how she has loved him but never let herself truly know how much. Then she will be wrapped around his finger, his symbolic wife, he will be the true husband of her heart.
    Tigerlily419on August 04, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is one in a million and worth every penny as I can see I.T. sooth my desires for a soul mate with a warm heart. The review provided by TigerLilly419 is brilliant and almost spot on in my opinion. A few points to add and challenge even would be that the song is not necessarily about age. Keep in mind W.E. are forever 21 in our heart and a Lion guards her heart very closely as do all parts of the body. Consider an admiration or bond as viewed from a distant constellation, lets pick the eye of the Bull Aldebaran as our targeted optical piece to read the lyrics. The eye is observant and watches the seasons through a diamond crystal-his birthstone. He "myself" in this case desires the passion and lust of Scorpio but knows he can not keep up and will be stung. He is allured by an incestual affair with his polygamous sister May but knows that she is "clingy" which admittedly the Taurus willingly offers his neck. Deeper in the crystal sphere an answer awaits, misty that I.T. may be. So let's shift the eyepiece to the Right Ascending eye of the Draco Dragon in both partners. Can the servant share the stage with his master? She is wealthy, admired and loved already although divorced from a former lover who she release back into the ocean of stars. Is this about money? No, it is about the journey and admiration of watching a family unite and grow. A family that passes down knowledge to the youth in such a way to offer guidance and comfort. The journey is up the polar Z axis, step by step and day by day. Hand in hand they build a sand castle in her namesake honor to shelter their species from the storms. The ring around each of their fingers is the Ouroboros. The ring feeds on itself for its power and remains in Mobius balance. One ring Diamond the other Ruby, they wear them interchangeably. Between them they have two pillars of Emerald and Pearl for their family to aspire to ascend to. The rings often temp each of them like snakes however being Dragons themselves they have the power to overcome and guide the snakes up the axis of the staff. In America the flagstaff point of said such meridian line is Saint Louis her fostered Sun. With all in mind they celebrate with a feast on her birthday. A day in which Saints Joachim and Anne are celebrated, Annette being the middle name of my hearts desire. And as hunger builds we also celebrate on this bridge from West to East on my birthday a day in which Saint Arator, a priest in Alexandria, Egypt is celebrated. Her first name also being a variation of the towns illuminated sands. There is a moment in time and special logistics that this song of Sting implies in which form and shadow align into one equal body manifested into a whole. These degrees of a ruler adjacent to stone has everything to do with the numerology of my social security number, and the right ascension of the K-corona of the Sun from the Levant point of Earth. That rich point is this keyboard that I am typing ASCII characters upon which is now short circuiting from spilled Miller 64 and Bud Light drafts. So I.T.'s time for a shot of home made Jagermeister, Cheers to the Swordfish Stinger of Alabaster and BlacK ! "Two dragon heads are better than one." Right Dad?
    MediaGeekon November 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSounds like Freemasonry to me. Which Im sure Mr. Gordon Sumner would know plenty about since he is most likely a controlled puppet for the Illuminati ran music Industry. Alot of references to devils and mentioning he is a young apprentice caught between two evils.
    rueben1060on July 25, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIt's totally about Mrs. Robinson. He's seduced by an older married woman, taught by her, and then he breaks away to be his own person with the iea of coming back to show her he's the strong one.
    leahclaireon February 16, 2007   Link

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