''We were in Paris, we were staying in a very cheap motel in a very sort of seedy part of the town and in the streets there were all these ''Belles de nuit'' (Ladies of the night). It was the first time I’d seen prostitution on the streets, I was kind of fascinated by. Those birds were actually beautiful but I couldn't afford one. I had a tune going around in my head, and I imagined being in love with one of those girls and what it would be like actually to be married to one of them.'' - Sting
''I remember the first time I heard ''Roxanne'' on the radio. I was painting my kitchen in my basement flat in London. My little son was on the floor and I was up some ladders painting some white emulsion on the ceiling and that song came on the radio. I started singing it and then I realize ''Fuck! I'm on the radio!'' - Sting
''We were a bit embarrassed about Roxanne because this was the raging punk scene, where everything was at furious speed. And we had this kind of ballad. But Miles thought it was great. He took it to A&M, and they wanted to release it. It didn’t become a hit at first, but a few people noticed it.'' - Andy Summers
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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