Sting, Shirazee – Englishman / African In New York – YouTube

Why does Sting wear a big hat and carry a cane in this video? Is the song about him or about someone else?

Don’t look it up on the interwebs because that’s no fun.

Woah, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m a German in Santa Fe… dum di dum


The song, from the 1987 album “Nothing Like the Sun”, is about Quentin Crisp, an Englishman who lived in New York for a number of years. A 2009 biographical film about Crisp was named Englishman In New York after Sting’s song.