This song seems to be about discovering a woman whose remarkable qualities are unnoticed by others, perhaps by her own design. Like many of Stewart's songs, this one runs on the long side and takes place while the narrator is traveling.
The Time Passages album was produced by Alan Parsons, whose influence is apparent on this song.
Suggestion credit: Mike - Santa Barbara, CA, for above 2
Larry from Detroit, MiJust behind "Year of the Cat"...this is my next favorite Al Stewert song.....great driving song...
Lisa from Milwaukee, Wi, WiDoes anyone know the lyrics? loved this song the first time I heard it, and still do.
Steve from Torrance, CaThis song did appear on the Billboard charts in the United States, making it up to #29 as a single release.
Steve from Torrance, CaWhile not as popular as "Year of the Cat" or "Time Passages", this song is Al Stewart's definitive recording. The sax is played by Phil Kenzie, who also plays on the previously mentioned titles as well as on the Alan Parsons Project's "Pyramid" album from the same year (1978).
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"