Dance For You

Album: 4 (Expanded Edition) (2012)
Charted: 78

Songfacts®:

  • Beyoncé penned this song with the hitmaking duo of Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. It finds the singer proclaiming her love for her man and saying that to show her gratitude she will dance for him. Said Beyoncé regarding the song's concept: "'Dance for You' is about giving yourself fully to one person, it's about being able to lose control with the person you're meant for. Both the melody and the lyrics make it one of my most intimate songs."
  • Beyoncé's former group, Destiny's Child, had a single with a similar theme - "Cater 2 U."
  • The song's black and white film noir-inspired video finds Beyoncé channeling movie star Marlene Dietrich. The visual was co-directed by the singer and Alan Ferguson, who was dating her sister Solange. Said Beyoncé in the behind-the-scenes film: "I wanted the video to have the same rawness that both the melody and the lyrics of the song have because 'Dance for You' is one of my most intimate songs. I wanted the video to have a classic feel; to be seductive but still keep the sense of mystery. When I write, when I perform, and when I make music videos, I don't hold anything back. 'Dance for You' is about that same passion; to be free and unrestrained."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)Songwriter Interviews

The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

John WaiteSongwriter Interviews

"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.

Into The Great Wide Open: Made-up MusiciansSong Writing

Eddie (played by Johnny Depp in the video) found fame fleeting, but Chuck Berry's made-up musician fared better.

Loudon Wainwright IIISongwriter Interviews

"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit - his latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.