The title track to her second album, this is one of Crystal Waters' favorites. Inspired by fantasy films like The Princess Bride, it envisions a higher power guiding a relationship to its end. Along the way, there are references to King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, the Three Little Pigs, and other famous tales.
In an interview with Crystal Waters, she told Songfacts: "I just envisioned a man with a long beard - a big wizard - writing the book of life and you're under his hand. He decides that this relationship is going to end. I used a lot of the nursery rhyme stuff entwined in there to make it work."
Waters wrote this with Sean Spencer and Neal Conway, the Baltimore-based producers of the track.
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."