Let's Dance

Album: Let's Dance (1983)
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  • Let's dance
    Let's dance

    Let's dance, put on your red shoes and dance the blues
    Let's dance, to the song they're playin' on the radio

    Let's sway, while color lights up your face
    Let's sway, sway through the crowd to an empty space

    If you say run, I'll run with you
    And if you say hide, we'll hide
    Because my love for you
    Would break my heart in two
    If you should fall
    Into my arms
    And tremble like a flower

    Let's dance
    Let's dance

    Let's dance, for fear your grace should fall
    Let's dance, for fear tonight is all

    Let's sway, you could look into my eyes
    Let's sway, under the moonlight, this serious moonlight

    And if you say run, I'll run with you
    And if you say hide, we'll hide
    Because my love for you
    Would break my heart in two
    If you should fall
    Into my arms
    And tremble like a flower

    Let's dance
    Let's dance

    Let's dance, put on your red shoes and dance the blues
    Let's dance, to the song we're playing
    Let's sway
    Let's sway, under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
    Let's dance
    Let's
    Let's
    Let's

    Let's sway
    Let's
    Let's dance let's dance let's dance let's dance let's dance
    Let's dance
    Let's sway
    Let's sway
    Let's dance let's dance let's dance let's dance let's dance
    Let's dance
    Let's dance Writer/s: David Bowie
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 22

  • Joesockit from New YorkNiles made this happen. I remember when I first heard it. I believe it was still tape, but the production, the monster drums, the mix, Niles and the engineering team got 110% out of the signal. I can only think of Donald Fagans "Nitefly" album as the only other recording at that time that had the dynamics, and punch, without sounding so compressed that it lost the kick. As a studio and live sound company owner THIS is what you want your live shows to sound like. The new digital equipment can do this, but you can also overdo it. Rodgers hit it perfect. David and the songs were great. The production pushed it over into greatness.
  • Robert from Springfield MoOh man I can't believe it was so good.
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.Bowie's tired-sounding, dry voice in this song adds a tinge of world-wearyness to the song's story...when I was younger and singing it, I could not quite imitate that timbre of his voice....now decades later and being more world-wise, my voice can sing it like Bowie did...
  • Josh from Champaign, IlJust read that Carinda is in trouble due to an extensive drought there. Mr. Bowie is involved in an attempt to bring in more tourism to save it!

    http://www.newser.com/story/184006/can-david-bowie-save-a-dying-outback-town.html
  • Bruce from San Jose, Ca"Dance the Blues..." I never knew one COULD dance to Blues Music....but with the intoxicating rhythm and beat of this song, I'm sure I could if I tried.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxI always wondered if this was a dig at a certain classic. Picture Elvis or Carl Perkins putting on their blue suede shoes and dancing the reds.
  • Ozzie Outback from Bangkok, ThailandRory in Sydney. The pub featured in the video 'Lets Dance' was the Carinda pub in NSW. I know, I spent a bit of time there when I was a young chap. ;-)
  • Jema from South Portland, MeI really love the intro to this song.I replay it a bunch before I listen to the whole song.This is totally random but my little sister has sparkly red shoes and it seems that whenever she wears them she's also wearing a blue shirt.I always think of the line "Put on your red shoes and dance the blues".
  • Britt from Boston, MaAwhhhhhh, Awhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Awhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, AWHHHHHHHHH.

    LETS DANCE!

    I don't like how Bowie copied the Isley Brothers/The Beatles with the progressing 'Awh, Awhh, Awhhhh' part. It just reminds me of Twist and Shout too much. You know?
  • Emma from Adelaide, Australiaim from australia and i could tell straight away that it had been filmed here. there are still places like that, oddly enough for a city slicker like myself
  • Rory from Sydney, Australiadoes anyone know where abouts in australia that pub where everyone dancing is in. i want to go on a pilgrimage their
    to me it looks a bit like maralinga
  • Dan from Sandiego, Cawhen stevie ray played guitar on this song he still had a day job as a truck driver that seamed surprising to me being on a hit album and all
  • Hanny from Roden, NetherlandsYes,Andreas,I think you are right about that.Especially at the end of the video,you can see a part of the Sydney skyline with the Operahouse in the background.And a few aboriginals were playing in the video.The young couple is dreaming about a better life when the girl is putting on the red shoes.They then see what could happen and they accept their lives how they are.While crushing the red shoes and walking away from the city.
    It may not be the song that David Bowie likes best,but I think that even these lyrics are close to perfect.But that is my opinion!
  • Matthew from Milford, MaThis song is used for Mission #13 in Elite Beat Agents.
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma"Tremble like a flower"? Does that mean dying in his arms?
  • Andreas from Melbourne, Australiathe songs music video was filmed in australia yer?
  • Nathan from BrugesDavid Bowie probably had this in mind:
    KISS: 'keep it simple suckers'.
    He did, but what a song!
  • Rabalac from Kingston, OtherThis song was also sampled by Diddy for Been Around The World with Notorious B.I.G. & Ma$e.
  • Clovis from Ft. Wayne, Ingotta sing this for fantacular, gunna have to practice. I love ?David Bowies voice!
  • Rus from Noble, OkWhile Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar on this song, he didn't get credit for it in the liner notes. It seems that shortly after recording this song, Bowie and Vaughan had a falling-out centered around Vaughan's girlfriend.
    If you pay attention to the video, Bowie pantomimes playing the solo at the end of the song. Goofball ;)
  • John from Newcatle, EnglandCan't quite work out if i love this song, or if i hate it
  • Leya Qwest from Anchorage, AkThis blue-eyed rock and soul tune was David's comeback single after nothingness on the music scene since his Scary Monsters album in 1980. It was Memorial Day weekend 1983 at the US (us, not U.S.) Festival, Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino California, and The Thin White Duke was decked out in a gold suit with yellow hair as the artist chosen to climax the EPCOT of music concerts that to this day still holds the Guiness World Book of Records as "Largest Rock Festival Attendance" with a record crowd for all four days of 670,000 fans. I was one of 'em and, man, I gotta tell ya ZIGGY ROCKED. He did Modern Love and China Girl, but when he performed LD everybody in the crowd and I mean everybody went completely nuts. I'll never forget it! Then his Serious Moonlight Tour took off and he was paid a million bucks for one of the appearances, an incredible feat back in the day by a solo artist. After this hit, David practically owned the airwaves of MTV for months with videos from the slick, stylish post-disco dance sound album.
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