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Roxanne - The Police

Roxanne

Outlandos D'Amour
rock classic rock 80s new wave The Police


Roxanne is a hit song by the rock band The Police, first released in 1978 as a single and on their album Outlandos d'Amour. It was written about a prostitute in southern France. Police lead singer Sting wrote the song, inspired by the prostitutes he saw near the band's seedy hotel while in Paris, France in October 1977 to perform at the Nashville Club. The title of the song comes from the name of the character in the play Cyrano de Bergerac, an old poster of which was hanging in the hotel foyer. Sting had originally conceived the song as a bossa nova, although he credits Police drummer Stewart Copeland for suggesting its final rhythmic form as a tango. During recording, Sting accidentally sat down on a piano keyboard in the studio, resulting in the atonal piano chord and laughter preserved at the beginning of the track. The Police were initially diffident about the song, but Miles Copeland III was immediately enthusiastic after hearing it, becoming their manager and getting them their first record deal with A&M Records. The single did not chart at first, but it was re-released in April 1979 and reached #12 in the UK and #32 in the U.S., and went on to become one of the classic Police songs as well as a staple of Sting's performances during his solo career. Roxanne has appeared on every single one of The Police's Greatest hits albums. Rolling Stone ranked it #388 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This was also the appropriately first song the band performed live (at the 2007 Grammy Awards) to kick off their 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour.


The Police were a new wave band which formed in 1977 in London, England. The band consisted of Sting (vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The band released five albums -- "Outlandos d'Amour" (1978), "Reggatta de Blanc" (1979), "Zenyatta Mondatta" (1980), "Ghost in the Machine" (1982) and "Synchronicity" (1983) -- before entering a hiatus in 1984 and ultimately disbanding in 1986 The band reunited in January 2007 for a reunion tour that lasted until August 2008. Show more ...

Roxanne - The Police

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 ha ve 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
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You don t have to put on the red light

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I loved you since I knew you
I wouldn t talk down to you
I have you to tell 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

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