Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Police & GLEE: Don't Stand So Close to Me | Schoolgirls Desire Teachers Badly

In 1980, The Police, not the NYPD but the British rock group, released the song "Don't Stand So Close to Me", which is about a sexual relationship between a high school English teacher and one of his students. 

In the first verse, the student fantasized about her teacher. “She wants him so badly.” 

The second verse revealed that the girl was the teacher's favorite student, which made her friends very jealous. 

The closeness of his young student left the teacher tempted and frustrated: “So bad it makes him cry.” 

It is implied in the song that their teacher-student affair began after the teacher noticed the girl waiting in the (cold) rain at a bus stop while he idled in his “warm and dry” car. 

Sting, the lead singer of The Police and the song's writer, elaborated in the book The Police: l'Historia Bandido that, after the nymphet entered the comfort of the warm car, the teen's virginity was subsequently taken by her English teacher.

Interestingly, The Police won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Don't Stand So Close to Me".

Here are the lyrics:

Young teacher, the subject
Of schoolgirl fantasy
She wants him so badly
Knows what she wants to be
Inside him, there's longing
This girl's an open page
Book marking, she's so close now
This girl is half his age
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Her friends are so jealous
You know how bad girls get
Sometimes it's not so easy
To be the teacher's pet
Temptation, frustration
So bad it makes him cry
Wet bus stop, she's waiting
His car is warm and dry
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Loose talk in the classroom
To hurt they try and try
Strong words in the staff room
The accusations fly
It's no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like the old man in
That book by Nabokov
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me
Don't stand, don't stand so
Don't stand so close to me

On Glee's "Ballad" (s01e10), the song "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl" was performed, which is a mashup of the The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap's "Young Girl".

On the episode, the glee club at William McKinley High School was divided to perform ballads. Rachel (Lea Michele) was placed with Will Schuester - the club director, Spanish teacher, the Rachel's crush. 

In an effort to get Rachel to stop crushing on him, Will performed "Don't Stand So Close to Me/Young Girl"; however, it didn't work. Rachel didn't comprehend that Will was trying to inform her that, for obvious reasons, they couldn't have an age-gap affair.

Unsurprisingly, Rachel wasn't the first student to have a crush on Will. Suzy Pepper had a student-teacher crush on will too, but for obvious reasons, Suzy's crush was unrequited, but Suzy didn't take it well. Consequently, she attempted to harm herself by eating a dangerously hot pepper, which resulted in an esophagus transplant. 

As for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap's "Young Girl", the song is about a man who was distraught after he discovered that the age of his love interest was below the age of consent. In an attempt to fight off the allure of a nymphet, he sang:

"Get out of here / before I have the time / to change my mind / 'cause I'm afraid we'll go too far."

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