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Fragile (Sting song)

"Fragile" is a song written and performed by English musician Sting from his second studio album ...Nothing Like the Sun. Released as a single the following year, it placed to number 70 on the UK Singles Chart. Sung additionally in both Spanish and Portuguese under the titles "Fragilidad" and "Fragil", it appeared twice more on his 1988 EP variant of the album, Nada como el sol. The Spanish version features as a b-side to "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying".

Single by Sting
from the album ...Nothing Like the Sun
GenreAcoustic rock, jazz
Sting singles chronology
"Englishman in New York"
"They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)"

The song is a tribute to Ben Linder, an American civil engineer who was killed by the Contras in 1987 while working on a hydroelectric project in Nicaragua.[1]

"Fragile" was the opening song in Sting's ...All This Time concert, recorded on the evening of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Sting performed the song with cellist Yo Yo Ma during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. The song appears in the 1995 Oscar-nominated documentary The Living Sea.[2][citation needed]


  1. ^ "> Discography > Fragile, CD". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  2. ^ The Living Sea: Soundtrack from the Imax film