They're pickin' up the prisoners And puttin 'em in a pen And all she wants to do is dance, dance Rebels been rebels Since I don't know when And all she wants to do is dance
Molotov cocktail, the local drink And all she wants to do is dance, dance They mix 'em up right In the kitchen sink And all she wants to do is dance
Crazy people walkin' round with blood in their eyes And all she wants to do is dance, dance, dance Wild-eyed pistols wavers who ain't afraid to die And all she wants to do is And all she wants to do is dance And make romance She can't feel the heat Comin' off the street She wants to party She wants to get down All she wants to do is All she wants to do is dance
Well the government bugged the men's room In the local disco lounge And all she wants to do is dance, dance To keep the boys from sellin' All the weapons they could scrounge And all she wants to do is dance
Yeah, but that don't keep the boys from makin' a buck or two And all she wants to do is dance, dance The still can sell the army All the drugs that they can do And all she wants to do is All she wants to do is dance And make romance
Well we barely make the airport For the last plane out As we taxied down the runway I could hear the people shout They said, "don't come back here Yankee" But if I ever do I'll bring more money 'Cause all she wants to do is dance And make romance Never mind the heat Comin' off the street She wants to party She wants to get down All she wants to do is All she wants to do is dance And make romance All she wants to do is dance
Writer/s: DANNY KORTCHMAR
Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Georgie Girl from EarthThe song makes me think of a woman called Donut Hole Dolly dancing in an NCO club on a US military base in Southeast Asia in the early 70s. She is young and has a deep, desperate, and hysterical need to dance the anxiety of the world around her away for a while. This dancer is also likely very destitute and dependent on American GIs for money to feed her family — and very aware of all of the goings on - but just has to block it out because she is trapped in a social condition with no where else to go - in a society that sees her as an expendable commodity. Also, someone she loves will probably go hungry if she doesn’t dance.
The protagonist telling the story in the song lyrics however is young, naive, and arrogant and judgmental of Dolly and he has no idea what her life is like. He thinks she is stupid and unaware - and all she wants to do is dance. Maybe she just needs him to keep thinking that about her so she can keep coming back there. Or maybe she’s a spy for the Viet Cong...or all of these things at once.
Of course this was only my impression of these lyrics when I heard them for the first time in 1985. Obviously I’ve thought about this too deeply.
Lynn from EarthThe song is about all that was wrong in the world in the 80s but all the girl wants to do is dance. Your interpretation can be one of two things. 1. She is resigned to all of the unrest in the world so all she wants to do is dance. 2. She is so completely unaware of what's going on in the world she just wants to wallow in her ignorance and go dancing.
Rod W.bruyere from Los Angeles,california'Don't come back here yankee' is referring to Mexico. 'I'll bring more money' is his arrogant answer to those ppl who told him this... And he is kinda tryna defend himself: 'yeah I got money and you will always welcome me back.'
Rod W.bruyere from Los Angeles,californiaQuite simply the song is about a girl who is a newly sober dancing fool at A.A Glendale Calif. sober dances.
She doesn't know how to hook up sober. She was a drunk player - she likes to 'get down' she likes to 'boogie' - but now all she wants to do is dance.
The rest of the song describes ppl at the sober dances. The 'wild eyed pistol wavers' with 'blood in their eyes' is purely an artistic poetic expression of newly sober jealous men at the dance. The 'molotov cocktail the local drink' is like an alcoholic drinking again.
This song has not a deep worldly political agenda - it's about a young man wishing to get 'a piece' of her action.
Chris from NycI don't think anyone in America would say "Don't come back here, Yankee." Maybe Mexico, or South America.
Ken from Louisville, KyWhen the Eagles reformed in 1994 and went on tour, Glenn Frey asked Don Henley to do this song. Frey said that despite rumors that they were feuding, he was a "big Henley fan" in the 1980's and considers "Building The Perfect Beast" one of the best albums made in the decade. When the Eagles perform their version, Frey is playing keyboards and can be seen dancing to this song.
Angus from Ottawa, OnYou know I'm not sure the issue is settled w/these "facts". All the images about political activism is all about militancy and illicit or amateur soldiering. Molotov cocktails weren't among any Americans' professed aims to change the world at that time. Maybe in the 70s, but not the Reagan era.
Meocyber from Alma, CoI get the silver medal ,Camille. Loved Henley w/ the Eagles and solo. Great dance song. Plus, some sharp satire lyrics about political apathy and the real world.
Camille from Toronto, OhWow! First one to comment on this tune! Love Don Henley's voice. Fun upbeat song.
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