"Dont Stand So Close To Me" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Young teacher, the subject
Of schoolgirl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be

Inside her there's longing
This girl's an open page
Book marking, she's so close now
This girl is half his age

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it's not so easy
To be the teacher's pet

Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
Wet bus stop, she's waiting
His car is warm and dry

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Loose talk in the classroom
To hurt they try and try
Strong words in the staffroom
The accusations fly

It's no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabakov

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me


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"Don't Stand So Close to Me" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General CommentWell... This one is pretty obvious, do I really have to spell it out for you?
    slagoniaon May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust for those who don't already know... What he means when he says "That book by Nabakov", he's referring to the novel by Vladimir Nabakov called "Lolita" about a grown man who moves into a lady's house and has an affair with her 12 year old daughter. At first he finds his acts totally justified, but nearing the end, he sees the creep he really is..
    kdiddy33on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a student that wants to have sexual relations with her teacher, but I don’t think that he does, I think its just implied that he had, and he’s accused because she made it seem like they had sex. But I could be wrong.
    Corym4on May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I didn't have much of an idea where it came from (inspirationally speaking), cause I didn't get that Nabokov part listening to it (no net back then, so no lyrichs). And when I later found out Sting used to be a teacher at a Girl school, I said "Well, no wonder". But I was a bit in shock ("He couldn't have! She must have been like, 15!")
    But I later reab an interview (yes, I had net, finally), and Sting denied having such an afair when a fan asked him about it. I was so relieved! :)
    AprilMoon1991on July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFrom Chris Robinson: I know 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' takes some influence from Nabakov's 'Lolita' but is there SOME autobiographical influence? After all, you were a teacher.

    Sting: ...absolutely not! How dare you?

    From Mr Showbiz Celebrity Lounge Webchat transcript [1995], I am surprised by Sting’s apparent indignation over the question when the song’s content and the idea that he was a teacher could lead many people to that possible conclusion if they weren’t privy to the contents of his mind. Surely being a perceptive man, this might have occurred to him but then perhaps he was just in a mood when he did this particular interview. Perhaps it was just that CAPS have a way of being curiously accusatory and he reacted to this …
    sillybunnyon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSting used to be an English teacher before making the big time.
    worldtraveller001on March 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think its pretty simply about the situation in general girl likes teacher and the teacher feels the attraction back and is trying to resist it.
    Ive been the girl in this situation..... ultimately it ended up as a short affair and alot of sneaking around, after i graduated we kept in contact for a while but it all kinda cooled off....and one thing i think was that i felt like i was using a manipulating him way more then he ever did me.

    interesting thing to ponder tho....i was 17 at the time....not a minor and he was 25....i probably wouldnt have thought this was anything to do with paedophilia.....i think it would be hard for a young guy teaching and being around attractive girls all the time who throw themselves at him.....i feel way more sorry for the teacher then the child.....maybe thats what hes trying to point out....that sometimes its not the teacher being creepy and controlling....its the girl being crazy and in loveand willing to do anything...
    fallenpandoraon August 30, 2011   Link

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