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Music inspiration and story telling: Tell Me You Want Me; Chapter 7 "I'll be wrapped around your finger"

January 19, 2018



Stewart's version of "I'll be wrapped around your finger" gives you an idea how interesting the song is from a drumming standpoint as he "carries the load" of the song.



Music has always inspired me and played a huge role in my life. It was only natural that music would have a influence in my writing style. Each chapter  of TMYWM a mood from a song was defined in each chapter and subsequently synchronized with the story.


Chapter 7 "I'll be wrapped around your finger" deals with Sebastian; a controlling rock star that grooms a young Gina to be his dutiful girlfriend and lover.


The lyrics of the song according to Sting: "I'll be wrapped around your finger" is a spiteful song about love. Like other Police songs from this period, it features mythological and literary references, including the Scylla and Charybdis monsters of Greek mythology. The song has a relatively slow, almost foreboding feel in the beginning verses, modulating to evoke a lighter, triumphant feel during the chorus.


In these verses I was thinking about what was playing out in Gina's head as the young back-up singer and feelings she may have had looking over at Sebastian in a hotel room before having sex.
.....You consider me the young apprentice
.....Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis ( deriving from Greek mythology, meaning having to choose between two evils ) having sex with a married man, and or having a romance with a rock star who she works for. (both equally bad choices)

.....Hypnotized by you if I should linger 
....Staring at the ring around your finger
(Gina was intoxicated by Sebastian's admiration of her but, she always held a fear that after sex, Sebastian would go back to his wife.)


The final verse, is where the woman wants the singer, but sex between the two has happened. He will 'vanish' and she'll 'never find' him. (this verse plays on Gina's fear of how to deal with a married Sebastian when or if the wife showed up on tour.)


The final line "Then you will find your servant is your master, and you'll be wrapped around my finger' is about being used for sex. (Sebastian's personality and the control he held over Gina is depicted in this last line of the song and was the inspiration used for his story line)



"I'll be wrapped around your finger" was released on MTV circa 1983.



Kris Embrey is the author of Tell Me You Want Me, and Till The Other Side Of Time by Archway Publishing, a Simon and Schuster Company. 



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