"Wrapped Around Your Finger" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
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


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"Wrapped Around Your Finger" as written by Gordon Matthew Sumner

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is just another little peace of the genius that Sting and the Police laid out for us. The music in this song literally floats along... very slowly and hauntingly. This is really brought out by how Sting chooses to sing the lyrics - almost in a wave like motion between the notes. The music stays this way until the bassline and drums start moving in the last verse - this change of feel combined with the strong final lyric ("then you will find your servant is your master").
    As far as the meaning, I can only guess it is about being with a married woman and lusting for her. And she lusts for the narrarator too.
    In Greek Mythology, Scylla and Charibdes are female sea monsters who lived in caves opposite of each other and devoured sailors. I think this is a representation of maybe the narrarators girlfriend, and the married woman he is seeing. The Narrator is constantly staring at the ring, which is almost taunting him as he can't have her.
    The 'destiny sold' is her life almost. She is now stuck forever with one man(her husband). It is now all reflected in that ring.
    Mephistopheles is a devil who Faust(a magician and alchemist) sells his soul to for more power. This is representing that The Nararratorwill sell his faith(in his girlfriend) for power(the chance to be with the married woman).

    The lyrics "I'll be wrapped around your finger" means that the Nararator will do anything for her(for the time being).

    The final verse, is kind of where the married woman wants the Nararator, but everything has happened already, and he is out. He will 'vanish' and she'll 'never find' him. He will turn her face to stone(Alabastor is a type of limestone i believe).

    The final line "Then you will find your servant is your master, and you'll be wrapped around my finger' is saying that she was basically used.

    Kind of long and over the top, but its the best I could do. ANd for an awesome song like this, it deserves it.
    Awesome song. Sting and The Police rule.
    The_Soulon November 03, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentA truly beautiful song.

    Scylla and Chayribdis are NOT two female sea monsters. Scylla is the sea monster and Chayribdis is a whirlpool. Odysseus had to sail between them and he had to make a difficult choice of which one to sail closer to. If he chose to sail close to Chayribdis, he risked losing his ship and everyone aboard, if he sailed close to Scylla, she would eat some of his men. He chose to sail close to Scylla. It's choosing between the lesser of the two evils.

    My Interpretation: It has nothing to do with the Lord of the Rings. It's about a younger man falling for an older MARRIED woman (at least in her mind). That's what the "staring at the ring around your finger" line is about. The Scylla and Charybdis line is alluding to how torn he is(she thinks), should he even do this, "have the affair?" He's doing this for experience, but he knows she's doing this with an alterior motive: "I can see the destiny you sold Turn into a shining band of gold", ie They'll get married so and live happily ever after, "I'll be wrapped around your finger"

    But, he doesn't want the same thing: "Mephistopheles is not your name
    I know what you're up to just the same"
    He's not going to fall for it.

    One day she'll realize that it's her pursing him, not the other way around: "I will turn your face to alabaster, When you find your servant is your master"

    In the end "You'll (she) will be wrapped around MY finger" meaning she'll be pursing him. He has her and she doesn't know it (yet).
    dengeiston February 26, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThanks, The Soul. I appreciate this song now even more. Is it possible that the reason Sting smashes all the candles down at the end of the video is the realization that perhaps she's been had? The candles are formed in a path and when she reached the end she realizes that he's gone and these candles mean nothing (candles representing the romance of it all). Maybe I need another coffee.

    As a side note, there was one very cheesy Country singer who did a video something very similar with the candles. It was just pathetic. So obvious where he got the idea.
    christoson July 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think everyone is missing the real meaning of this song. The mythological references cleverly mask what was going on in the songwriter Sting's head at the time. While recording the album in remote Monserrat for tax/relaxation purposes hostilitis between the band members often reached boiling point. They were all bearing grudges toward each other. Indeed, they broke up after the album was recorded. This song is about the relationship between the growing superstar Sting and the by then vastly experienced Andy Summers.

    Remember, Andy Summers had limited success during the 1960s when Sting was still a kid, his guitar playing had since become known as groundbreaking. At the groups inception it is assumed his experience in the business and his superior musicianship made him the most important member of the group. Sting was 'the young apprentice' who needed Andy Summers knowledge in order to make it big.

    In the second verse Sting iterates that he cleverly listened to all the lessons Andy Summers taught him to the point where he would see this 'come to it's fruition'. In both verses Sting states thet 'I'll be wrapped around your finger'.

    The third verse is an internal victorious celebration that reaches it's crescendo in the last line 'when you find your servant is your master', along with the change to 'You'll be wrapped around my finger'. Sting has become the power and driving force of the band. Their fame has grown, but it's really all about him. The alabaster reference is saying his career will be frozen whereas Sting will move on to bigger things when they split.

    The ring is more situational than metaphorical - Andy Summers was married, Sting was about to get divorced.
    Dylanvillainon March 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwould not agree this is a love song.

    master and student, belive this is all about, in some company, precisly shipping or more over on board of some vessel. At first, they both have theoretical knowledge, but sudent need practical knowledge, and after some time his master have to chose btw 2 sudents / sailors, let's say for 1.officer on board. After choice sudent is satisfied for quite short time, and along time pass by he seek more knowledge / distances / lands and he's in tihgt relation with his superior / master. After some time his intuition become masters intution (master - capitan on ship). For gratitude he will turn his face to alabaster (statue) and keep educate for generations of knowledge...

    As Sting is englishman, this explanation looks to me colser than love song.
    anybody maybe agree...
    zuficon May 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just another little peace of the genius that Sting and the Police laid out for us. The music in this song literally floats along... very slowly and hauntingly. This is really brought out by how Sting chooses to sing the lyrics - almost in a wave like motion between the notes. The music stays this way until the bassline and drums start moving in the last verse - this change of feel combined with the strong final lyric ("then you will find your servant is your master").
    As far as the meaning, I can only guess it is about being with a married woman and lusting for her. And she lusts for the narrarator too.
    In Greek Mythology, Scylla and Charibdes are female sea monsters who lived in caves opposite of each other and devoured sailors. I think this is a representation of maybe the narrarators girlfriend, and the married woman he is seeing. The Narrator is constantly staring at the ring, which is almost taunting him as he can't have her.
    The 'destiny sold' is her life almost. She is now stuck forever with one man(her husband). It is now all reflected in that ring.
    Mephistopheles is a devil who Faust(a magician and alchemist) sells his soul to for more power. This is representing that The Nararratorwill sell his faith(in his girlfriend) for power(the chance to be with the married woman).

    The lyrics "I'll be wrapped around your finger" means that the Nararator will do anything for her(for the time being).

    The final verse, is kind of where the married woman wants the Nararator, but everything has happened already, and he is out. He will 'vanish' and she'll 'never find' him. He will turn her face to stone(Alabastor is a type of limestone i believe).

    The final line "Then you will find your servant is your master, and you'll be wrapped around my finger' is saying that she was basically used.

    Kind of long and over the top, but its the best I could do. ANd for an awesome song like this, it deserves it.
    Awesome song. Sting and The Police rule.
    The_Soulon November 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am inclined to think this song is about the young single man/older married woman angle. Generally, the song is about being under control by another person, so this could be interpreted many ways as discussed already. Remember, however, Sting was going through a divorce to Irish actress Frances Tomelty in 1982 and began his relationship with current wife Trudy Styler. 1982 was a very tumultuous year for Sting. Synchronincity was recorded in December of that year and Sting had written many deeply personal songs with The Police. Synchronicity is filled with songs of despair, desperation, pain, and catharsis. I almost think that this song is the consequence to Synchronicity II as if the whole album tries to tell the story of the pain Sting is going through.

    The symbolism in this song is incredible - scylla and charibdes (choosing the lesser of two evils), devil and the deep blue sea (a nautical reference to being stuck between a rock and a hard place), reference to going to college (which Sting never did, as far as I know), Mephistopheles (the devil, Faust) and the listeners own interpretation of the lyrics.

    This is truly one of Sting's finest songs of his illustrious career.
    pdempseyon March 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou consider me the young apprentice
    (you’ve been through more life experience)

    Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes
    (and I’m torn between two painful, dangerous choices)
    Hypnotized by you if I should linger
    (you know I am stunned by you)
    Staring at the ring around your finger
    (and gaping at your other commitments)
    I have only come here seeking knowledge
    (but I have come to know you [‘biblically’])
    Things they would not teach me of in college
    (and learn what cannot be taught in school)
    I can see the destiny you sold
    (I can see you’ve traded your life in for this other commitment)
    Turn into a shining band of gold
    (and the ring is the shining proof)

    I'll be wrapped around your finger
    (you know you’ve got me)


    Mephistopheles is not your name
    (You’re not really the devil)
    I know what you're up to just the same
    (But you’re not up to saintly deeds)
    I will listen hard to your tuition
    (I will listen to the cost of having you & and your intuition)
    You will see it come to it's fruition
    (We will have each other)

    I'll be wrapped around your finger
    (You know you’ve got me)

    Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
    (Once I’ve chosen and the danger is past)
    Vanish in the air you'll never find me
    (The unbearable choices forced on me will not find me again)
    I will turn your face to alabaster
    (I will turn the manipulators face white)
    When you find your servant is your master
    (when you find I’ve mastered all manipulation or mastery)
    Oh, you'll be wrapped around my finger
    (Then you’ll be wrapped around my finger)
    You'll be wrapped around my finger
    (Instead of me wrapped around yours like a servant)
    You'll be wrapped around my finger

    With Police lyrics removed it reads:
    (you’ve been through more life experience)
    (and I’m torn between two painful, dangerous choices)
    (you know I am stunned by you)
    (and gaping at your other commitments--marriage or whatever)
    (but I have come to know you [‘biblically’] and learn about life)
    (and learn what cannot be taught in school)
    (I can see you’ve traded your life in for this other commitment)
    (and the ring is the shining proof)
    (you know you’ve got me)
    (You’re not really the devil)
    (But you’re not up to saintly deeds)
    (I will listen, consider the cost of having you & and your intuition)
    (We will have each other)
    (You know you’ve got me)
    (Once I’ve chosen and the danger is past)
    (The unbearable choices forced on me will not find me again)
    (I will turn the manipulators face white or the “masters” face white)
    (When you find I’ve mastered all manipulation --or innate mastery of yours)
    (Then you’ll be wrapped around my finger)
    (Instead of me wrapped around yours like a servant)
    You who once had me subservient because of my desire for you
    Will become subservient to me because of your own for me
    genevivaon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsome good interpretations, i agree with the one that looks at this song's time reference, which is the future.

    the seeing of the ring of gold, the wrapping around the finger, and the discovery that "the servant is the true master" all refer to the future. the singer himself is the ring of gold (i'll be wrapped around your finger) that will eventually be wrapped around her finger (and she around his), in other words they will marry as the ring represents that and both of them will wrap the other's finger.

    the reference to the woman as not being mephistopheles means she is not the devil, though still immersed in the lies that the devil spins (i know what you're up to just the same). the best line of the song is "when you find out that your servant is your master..." which means that she will find out that the one who is serving her, listening to her in"tuition" to find what's best, is also the one who has become her saving grace. But for the meantime, he "will vanish" until she will make this discovery.

    the line of the servant becoming the master is very true- those who serve others and ideals higher than themselves are the true kings and queens of this world.




    jmax1983on February 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know how you come up with that but this is absolutely not a love song. It has indeed nothing to do with it. I think the meaning is pretty clean here.

    It's obviously telling the story of a relation between a master(teacher) and his student. He listenes well and he learnes. He serves, he does whatever his master says. He's wrapped around his finger, the teacher is the student's master. But eventually the student reaches the master's level and even becomes better at it. Then "the servant(student) becomes the master". He's became better than his master while the master didn't see it coming. Now the once master might be wrapped around once the student's finger, to learn.
    Teaisgoodon September 25, 2013   Link

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