5 pages | PDF | 1.1 MB"Roxanne" is a song by English rock band The Police. Written by lead singer Sting, the song received a great deal of critical acclaim and has become one of the band's best-known songs. It was released as a single in 1979, becoming a global hit. The song is written in the key of C major and A minor, with 58 measures. It has a simple and steady tempo, with a syncopated drum groove, electric guitar and piano. The chorus has a soaring melody over suspensions and turnarounds. The song also features a horn section. Lyrically, the song is a plea to a woman to consider the narrator's love, despite his flaws. The classic lines "Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light" refer to the woman working as a prostitute. The song has become an anthem for themes of unrequited love and self-reflection. Roxanne has been covered countless times, becoming a cornerstone of The Police's legacy in popular music.