Song of the Day #4,287: ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ – The Police

My #5 album of 1983 is The Police’s fifth, final, and top-selling album, Synchronicity.

This album went 8X Platinum in the U.S., and even unseated Michael Jackson’s Thriller at Billboard’s #1 spot for a spell. It featured the hits ‘Every Breath You Take,’ ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ and ‘King of Pain,’ all of which appear on the album’s stacked Side Two.

Bookending the otherwise lesser-regarded Side One, tracks ‘Synchronicity I’ and ‘Synchronicity II’ are two very different-sounding highlights. Also on Side One, ‘Walking in Your Footsteps’ demonstrates world music influences that would show up in Sting’s solo work.

Throw in the pretty, atmospheric ‘Tea in the Sahara’ and the jazzy ‘Murder By Numbers’ and you have eight standouts on an album of eleven songs. I won’t mention the Andy Summers-penned track ‘Mother,’ the only misstep on an album otherwise dominated by Sting.

This is the only Police album I know well, and it’s a great one. Its singles made an impression on me at the time, so much so that I named ‘Every Breath You Take’ as my favorite song of the 80s when I did that countdown back in 2009.

The whole thing holds up just as well today.

[Verse 1]
You consider me the young apprentice
Caught between the Scylla and Charibdis
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
Turn into a shining band of gold

I’ll be wrapped around your finger
I’ll be wrapped around your finger

[Verse 2]
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 its fruition

I’ll be wrapped around your finger
I’ll be wrapped around your finger

[Verse 3]
Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
Vanish in the air you’ll never find me
I will turn your flesh to alabaster
When you find your servant is your master

And you’ll be wrapped around my finger

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,287: ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ – The Police

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    There was considerable buzz in my junior high and the local bowling alley I haunted every Saturday morning about a handful of bands, including U2, Rush, AC/DC, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and the Police. Because I found most of those kids to be either obnoxious, pretentious or both, I was predisposed to have some level of dislike to disdain in varying degrees about these bands. In some cases, like with U2 and Rush, that dislike never faded even when I heard their music, but in other cases my disdain faded away the more I heard. The Police with this album was an example of the latter.

  2. Amy says:

    I never was a fan of the repeated refrain ad nauseum (though I’m sure the artists would find another way to describe it), so Synchronicity, the song and the album, never were favorites. That said, I did enjoy the hits you mentioned. I just never understood why Sting had to sing the same lines (or, sometimes, just phrases) over and over and over and over again. Definitely kept The Police from being a band I could love. As a solo artist, he still did it, but not quite as obnoxiously or as often.

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