Wind Him Up
by Saga

Album: Worlds Apart (1981)
Charted: 64

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a compulsive gambler. Written by the band, lead singer Michael Sadler came up with the story of Aldo, who hits the casino and gets entranced by the action. He is "wound like a clock," a metaphor for how he's spinning out of control.

    The character in the song is not based on any particular person, but is the embodiment of someone who can't control his compulsions. "I don't know if there's a lesson to be learned or a moral to that," Sadler said in our 2014 interview. "But it's about gambling and the addiction factor."
  • Saga didn't have MTV in mind when they wrote this song, but the story was very video-friendly, and their record company commissioned a clip that shows Aldo falling on hard times in an upscale casino. MTV had launched just a few months before this song was released, and they were desperate for new videos, since most artists didn't make them for their songs.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Millie Jackson

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.

Commercials

CommercialsFact or Fiction

Was "Ring Of Fire" really used to sell hemorrhoid cream?

Church Lyrics

Church LyricsMusic Quiz

Here is the church, here is the steeple - see if you can identify these lyrics that reference church.

Al Kooper

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Brandi Carlile

Brandi CarlileSongwriter Interviews

As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.

American Hits With Foreign Titles

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?