Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

Album: Lament (1984)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • This international hit was released in 1984, a time when anxiety over nuclear war was at a peak. The song describes the terror a nuclear war would bring, describing the last day on earth after the bomb. The narrator hears the news that "It's Over" and drives home to be with his lover.

Comments: 9

  • Clodhopper from East CaliforniaI prefer the John Foxx Ultravox but this song is good.
  • Wimbledon Fiend from Wimbledon CommonI think this is about the Wombles of Wimbledon being driven out of their rubbish collecting duties by a corrupt city councilor who has connections to a mafia backed refuse company
  • Lugi from Bologna, ItalyShameless Trivia: It shares the title with "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" Words and Lyrics by Al Dubin and Joe Burke, a 1930 song.
    Sung by Ruth Etting, it song reached #1 on the charts in 1930.
    In fact I came here because of her.
    The lyrics are about a man that is dancing with tears in his eyes,
    "'cause the girl in my arms isn’t you".
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaLove this song. Ultravox at their finest hour..
  • Howard from Wakefield, United KingdomOne of my favourites, alongside 'Love's Great Adventure' & 'Reap The Wild Wind'. You can hear George Martin's influence in the latter song. Ultravox's music is catchy & haunting.
  • Ralf from Frankfurt, GermanyThis is one of my favorite songs from the 80s. Having watched the video again after so many decades, I am pretty sure, it is NOT about nuclear war NOR about a dying romance. The song simply deals with the maximum credible accident at a nuclear power plant.

    No one is having an affair. They drank the champagne "to forget the coming storm".

    Great song & great video (especially the sad ending) :-(
  • Dave from San Diego, CaI think this song, given that it was released in 1984, at the begining of the AIDS crisis, when so many of us lost so many lovers, friends, dance partners, is about a gay man, dancing at a club, crying because so many of his closest friends are dead or dying...
  • Ret from Bristol, United KingdomAside from the synth squawks, this is about as good as they got (aside from All Stood Still), sunset pianos and a melancholy lyric from the ever-sincere Midge Ure
  • Doug from Los Angeles, CaI never interpreted this song to be about nuclear war. I don't know if the band ever stated this is what it's about. The video depicts a nuclear holocaust, but it was a reactor meltdown, not a bomb. I saw this as a symbol of a dying romance. How about the line (repeated several times in the song), "Living out a memory of a love that died"? Also in the video we see an open champagne bottle when he gets home, it suggests the woman was having an affair. (4/30/09)
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