"Don't 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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  • +7
    General Commentomg. i never read the lyrics to this song; I only knew the chorus. & i just realized what song i've been singing around my p.e teacher ! ekk no wonder he looks at me kinda weird sometimes. hahaha
    jasssson May 07, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song is about a fart "Don't stand so close to me"
    joelowtoneon April 19, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI also think he wants to save him from himself. Like the man in 'Lolita', he knows if he keeps getting tempted he might not be able to stop himself. Even if he wasn't a teacher he knows it'd still be wrong, so he has to repeat the chorus line over and over and over again, pleading for her to keep away from him, for his own sanity.
    Booyackaon January 02, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's not about anything that's happened but the tension of desire and waht can't be. Girls at the school where he works fancy him for being youing and handsome and such, so the rumours fly fast when he takes on a protegé [teacher's pet] as they work out of class hours, but although the rumours are unfounded, he finds himself attracted because while she's so young, she's obviously intelligent and interesting. He can;'t show any concern for her because of social politics, and he wishes she'd stop innocently being near him for fear it will make the other girls hurt her and him loose his job.

    Just a quick note on Lolita- while it is set in America, Vladamir Nabokov was indeed Russian. The allusion is a bit of a spoiler, but to put is quickly, the narrator loved Lolita from afar for a great deal of their time together, even after consumation as initiated on her part.

    I adore this song, for less-than-lovely reasons.
    selfunderstaredon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe lyrics indicate that they both know that it would be wrong for them to be together, but they can't resist the allure of 'forbidden love'
    stacibugon May 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell its really about forbidden fruit, you always want what you can't have. and the more you see it dangling in front of you the more you want. its just pasion
    lilly2705on August 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentu gotta be in the situation to understand it. Its not fun, i'd imagine.
    mooon August 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyour wrong...only partially though...its da other way around...
    HalfLifeSuicideon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLike MayorMenley, I relate to it. I fancied one of my teachers for three years, but obviously realised nothing could happen.
    It's not about a girl being a slut, it's about the pain of forbidden love, and when you're in the situation, it's extremely easy to relate to.
    missmeon January 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can really relate to this song. I fell totally in love with one of my teachers last year and just recently he seems to be returning my feelings. I mean, I don't know for sure but that's the way it seems.

    Anyway, why is the chorus 'Don't stand so close to me'? Which one of the two of them in supposed to be saying that and why? Surely if they had feelings for each other, they would WANT to be close, even if it was killing them. That's the way I feel anyway.
    Psychoteenon April 05, 2005   Link

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