"Roxanne" as written by and Gordon Matthew Sumner....
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night
Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets for money
You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right

Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Put on the red light, put on the red light
Put on the red light, put on the red light
Put on the red light, oh

I loved you since I knew ya
I wouldn't talk down to ya
I have to tell you just how I feel
I won't share you with another boy
I know my mind is made up
So put away your make up
Told you once I won't tell you again it's a bad way

Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
You don't have to put on the red light
Put on the red light, put on the red light

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"Roxanne" as written by Gordon Sumner

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    General Commentprostituuuuution
    abchak1on March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, and falling in love with a prostitute. From the Police era
    2Mon May 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy friend told me about when he finally figured this song out. He was so disturbed, it was hilarious.
    Bodesteron October 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfalling in love with a prostitute
    Ninon November 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefintiley about a prostitute
    the red light usually means
    th area where
    prostitues are
    ULlilLadyon February 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about falling in love with a slut .This song is not all about prostitution , something philosophical how a guy falls in love with a harlot ,,, a true love (... and I am pretty sure I am not overanalyzing ).
    Anyway, apart from the lyrical beauty , I just like the way it is sung especially the 'Roxanne ' part .
    It is splendid ... a must have for sting fan .
    avi.floydon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI’ll start by saying I love the rendition of Roxanne—Le Tango de Roxanne from Moulin Rouge—especially the added lines of passion that Sting would so approve of

    His eyes upon your face
    His hand upon your hand
    His lips caress your skin
    It's more than I can stand

    Why does my heart cry?
    Feelings I can't fight
    You're free to leave me, just don't deceive me
    And please believe me when I say I love you
    sillybunnyon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSting more recently said he wrote this song—which I’m sure endeared him to prostitutes everywhere—because he was freaked out as a boy of 10 or 12 to see his mother kissing another man. This surprised me because I had previously felt the song was written as a favorable tilt to ladies of the night. Discovering his mother’s infidelity, his trust in women was crushed—something I’m sure was disillusioning but also delightful—perspective is everything—motivation to write a very good song.

    Remaining unforgiving of his mother, when asked about his own indiscretion that led to his divorcing his first wife, he said he and Trudie had been honest about this whereas his mother had not been. I found this so intriguing—and not just in the gossipy sense—because I wondered how happy he might have been as a boy if his mother had been honest and destroyed the relationship she had with his father. Her silence and her honesty would both have brought unhappiness just as his honesty—kind as it seemed at the time—could only bring Fran unhappiness. My point is that there is no right way to handle such difficulties of the heart. It could be that his mother didn’t love the man enough to leave his father but he loved Trudie enough to leave Fran so silence was obviously not an option. Honesty in his own situation is not a better option—it was his only option and I am not condemning it. I can’t condemn anyone who finds themselves in the throes of a passionate challenge—they are difficult to handle!

    But I felt he might understand that the mother he loved and admired was human and it is not easy for a mother who loves her family to place integrity before love—especially when she isn’t sure which way to turn. I would love to hear that he forgives her decision, does not place his own decision above hers, and does not harbor guilt or grief over what happened between him, Trudie and Fran—who were friends. Such things happen!

    Trudie was apparently part of his destiny. He was ending one chapter of life and moving to another. He had a lovely life with Fran and now has a lovely life with Trudie. “Love, love, love, love. Look what you’ve done to me!”—Betty Boop song. Hopefully this will occur to all three of them so they can lay some obsolete pain to rest. Oh, and … duh … I’ll give the song a 9. It’s got a great beat and it’s easy to dance to.
    sillybunnyon July 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about pancakes
    crymeasandwichon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsory evry1 but ur rong here. my little bro went to school with stings son and i talked to sting when i went round there once. i asked him about this one and he siad "wel this one (roxanna) is about a crush he had when he was a kid. it was on a waterpark operator and the green light meant go and the red one stop when u were waiting to go on the slide. sting wanted roxanna to put the red light on so he could stay and talk to her because he didnt actually like water slides.
    muziCoolon April 24, 2007   Link

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