I have been reading the high profile corruption case in the papers recently, as the media plays up on the character involved. I approached the newspaper report with skeptical mind, and I choose not to have any pre conceived opinion of the people involved in the case.

But I am sure many who  works in my industry (I have been working in the IT industry for 8 years) will have their fair share of stories where people who traded their bodies for benefits, some did it to protect/advance their career, while others use it to close commercial deals. While everyone pretends that our world is a fair and free , we cannot deny that deep within our heart  we are aware of similar stories  happening around us.

The modern work place is treacherous and people who do not play fair tend to be the winners. It is actually very difficult to maintain ones integrity while being successful in their career. Sometimes the cost of maintaining integrity may have force us to endure injustice and to choose to suffer wrong rather than to go against the commands of God.

There are times when we ask ourselves is the sufferings worth it?

I guess our only comfort is the words of Solomon, when he concluded as he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes in his old age.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.

For God will bring every work into judgment,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.” – Solomon (Eccl 12:13-14)

As I was reading the news, the lyrics of this song keeps appearing in my mind. So I would like to dedicate this song to all my friends who are striving hard to survive while holding on to integrity.

I first encountered this song when I was watching the movie Moulin Rouge!, I remember then it was a Sunday orderly duty in camp and I was resting in the barracks as I watch it.

The song was used in a very elaborate tango scene. So I did a bit of a read up, and I realized that the tune I heard in Moulin Rouge was in a way a remix of the old song “Roxanne” sang by the rock band Police. The original song had a pretty simple lyrics.

Personally, I liked the movie version more.  I was reading some other comments made about the video clip. People who understand film,sound and media will appreciate how  the director  communicated the feeling of the character Christian in the movie. The scene is suppose  to display the feeling of anger,  jealousy and confusion which is present in the characters mind.

I was wondering how the song received the title “Roxanne”. Wikipedia said that Sting (the lead singer of the band Police) wrote the lyrics. He was in Paris, and he saw an old poster of a French play  “Cyrano de Bergerac” in the hotel he was staying and it featured a female character in the play known as Roxanne.

When he wrote the song, he was depicting a point of view of a man in love with a prostitute known as “Roxanne”

The Roxanne in his song is very different from the Roxanne in “Cyrano de Bergerac”. He just merely borrowed the nam for the title.

The song is reference in many movies and advertisement.  I have chosen to display the one featured in Moulin Rouge! as it the movie that got me curious about the song.

Title: El Tango De Roxanne
Perform By :Jacek Koman and Evan Mcgregor

(Argentinean was practicing Tango moves as the scene starts , these are his words spoken before the song)

We have a dance!
In the brothels of Buenos Aires
Tells the story Of the prostitute
And the man  Who fell in love… with her.

First there is desire
Then… passion!
Then… suspicion!
Jealousy! Anger! Betrayal!
Where love is for the highest bidder,
There can be no trust.
Without trust,.
There is no love!

Jealousy.
Yes, jealousy…

(Song starts)
will drive you will drive you will drive you…mad
Roxanne,
You don’t have to put on that red light,
Walk the streets for money,
You don’t care if it’s wrong or if it is right.
Roxanne ,
You don’t have to wear that dress tonight .
Roxanne,
You don’t have to sell your body to the night .

Christian:
His eyes upon your face
His hand upon your hand
His lips caress your skin
It’s more than I can stand
(Roxanne)
Why does my heart cry?
(Roxanne)
Feelings I can’t fight
You’re free to leave me, but just don’t deceive me
And please believe me when I say I love you
(Dialog in Spanish)

Yo que te quiero tanto, qué voy ha hacer
Me dejaste,

me dejaste
En un tango
En el alma se me fue
Se me fue el corazon

Ya no tengo ganas de vivir
Porque no te puedo convencer
Que no te vendas Roxanne

(My guess based on results from  Babelfish and Google translate)
I love you so much, what did I do to make you leave me?

you left me
to tango
in the soul
of my heart

I have no desire to live
Because I can not convince you not to sell yourself  Roxanne

(Roxanne)
Why does my heart cry?
(Roxanne)
Feelings I can’t fight
(Roxanne)
You don’t have to put on that red light
Roxanne
(Roxanne)
(Roxanne)

Note : As I have no experience with Spanish, I constructed the sentence base on results of Babelfish and Google translate, human translation will be welcome.

As usual, you can listen to the original song here as well

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