"Wrapped Around Your Finger" is the second UK single from The Police's 1983 album Synchronicity. It was released worldwide by A&M Records and featured non-album track "Someone To Talk To" as a B-side in the UK, while "Tea in the Sahara" (Live) 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 in the UK charts in August 1983[1]and was the fourth single from Synchronicity to chart in the US, making it to #8 on the Billboard chart in March 1984.


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Music video[edit]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 tallcandlesticks arranged in a sort of maze. Andy Summers is shown playing an acoustic guitar, an instrument never used in any of the Police's recordings.

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."[2]

Allmusic colleague Stephen Thomas Erlewine described the song as "a devilishly infectious new wave single".[3]


Track listing[edit]Edit

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

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

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