The Police: Roxanne Meaning
Song Released: 1978
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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
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...
Surfer_Coyote Nov 26th, 2008 11:43am report
Roxanne is a prostitute. There are many cultures and cities of the world that have used red lights throughout history and even now, to advertise prostitution. This is where we get the term "red-light district". The lyrics "Put on the red light" is a reference to this. Sting sings the part of the young man who has fallen in love with this prostitute, and he is pleading with her to give the lifestyle up. He says the hooker lifestyle is wrong, and she doesn't need to demean herself anymore. He wants to take her away from all this, and wants her all to himself. Hence, "I won't share you with another boy"
This song has parallels for anyone who has been in love with someone who might not be a literal whore, but is letting themselves be used and abused by life and/or others.
anonymous Aug 12th, 2011 8:42am report
About a girl named roxanne who like turning on red lights..
adamssong91 Feb 14th, 2008 2:21pm report
Roxanne is a simple song. If you have ever watched the movie Moulin Rouge it explains it plain and simple. It's about a man who falls in love with a prostitute but she still stays a prostitute though he loves her and she doesn't have to. "Roxanne, You don't have to wear that dress tonight." "I won't share you with another body." and so on.
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