Private Dancer

Album: Private Dancer (1984)
Charted: 26 7
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  • All the men come in these places
    And the men are all the same
    You don't look at their faces
    And you don't ask their names
    You don't think of them as human
    You don't think of them at all
    You keep your mind on the money
    Keeping your eyes on the wall

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'll do what you want me to do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    And any old music will do

    I want to make a million dollars
    I want to live out by the sea
    Have a husband and some children
    Yeah, I guess I want a family
    All the men come in these places
    And the men are all the same
    You don't look at their faces
    And you don't ask their names

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'll do what you want me to do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    And any old music will do

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'll do what you want me to do
    Just a private dancer, a dancer for money
    And any old music will do

    Deutch marks or dollars
    American Express will do nicely, thank you
    Let me loosen up your collar
    Tell me, do you want to see me do the shimmy again?

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'll do what you want me to do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    And any old music will do

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'll do what you want me to do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    And any old music will do

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money Writer/s: Mark Knopfler
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Comments: 15

  • George Pope from Vancouver BcChris Fox: Io think t he person in the song is living the sordid side of that life --I've been there myself - it in no way disparages all. Survival is a bitch.
  • George Pope from Vancouver Bc@Paige: Thanks for your story -- interesting & amazing! I suspect you understand this song better than Tina did, but in her way -- doing small shows. You're obviously well-read & intelligent-- now I'm going to go get me some Erickson to read! As I'm autodidactically learning Developmental Psychology
  • George Pope from Vancouver BcThe fact she didn't write this one suggests that it's not about her life. This is clearly about a private stripper, who does personal shows in men's hotel suites, & possibly 'more,' as is usual in such a profession. Nowadays it could be about a male gigolo who bills himself as a dancer, to keep it classier, & not admit ot others or self that he's a whore. Tina classes the song up, & I can believe it's not the sordid story of a stripper-prostitute, but, as she describes her impressions, about an actual dancer, who is classy, & works as part of a small troupe, dancing for small audiences. I love this woman's voice & stage moves! I had a GF who had the exact same legs as Tina, just shorter; &, oh boy, did I love 'em!
  • Paige- Cheerleaders Throwback from Philadelphia/nj SuburbsIm conflicted with the news of TINA TURNER having no primary ties to this song. Im always happy for those who only saw this life from a window safely on the outside. Curious however, to the song writer- the inspiration- as to where these words may EXACTLY frame the first several decades of my life… my opinion, def “ a dancer”.
    As a woman, who has spent her first “ grown-up” 20 years - (age 19-39) -( with no extended family, only an immediate family torn by abuse and alcohol) singularly raising a child at a naive and scared 19 years old) continued on an “abusive (mentally & emotionally & physically) family tradition, beginning ADULT LIFE AT 16 with only a GED in hand. I found refuge and independence in the 1990s as a DANCER in Nj/PHILA. I found myself surrounded by young women in the same boat- not the media-scarred reputations that most middle-upper class easily scorn upon as a way to maintain their own social status. But young women who were blessed with beauty yet cursed with a proper upbringing and values… young women left to make decisions based initially on survival (ie ERIKKSONS THEORYOF EMOTIONAL GROWTH) and ultimately socially isolated by their life choices, as they continued through the LORDS plan, raising children and finding themselves. These women & MYSELF can relate to these words of PRIVATE DANCER. I’m only now, at 15 years removed, occupation as an RN, 2 girls raised 25 years apart, struggling through life’s societal demands and expectations (it’s cruel hand outs when the piece doesn’t fit) that I am proud of what I did- in the face of MY LIFES TURMOILS, and I hope I can represent the women I encountered over the years, as finding pride, forgiveness and ultimately solace in reflection of their past- and most importantly- NOT TO ASSUME THAT THEIR JOURNEY SHOULD BE DISMISSED c of their “ ending point” but to relish in the lords strength that carried us through the journey that began at a different starting point.
  • Superstarr from New JerseyChris Fox, those lyrics are excellent! Good work!
  • Chris Fox from San FranciscoI've always loved this song musically as well as Tina Turner's delivery, and I think the lyrics work whether there is prostitution involved or not. The ambiguity there makes the song relevant to more circumstances. But at the same time, as a sex worker myself, the message has always bothered me. The character in the song is definitely in the wrong line of work – she can't even see her clients as human! With apologies to Mark Knopfler and Tina Turner, as written it sends a harmful message of sex workers as exploited victims.

    So I've taken it on myself to pen some revised lyrics – I call it "Private Dancer (the sex-positive remix)". Since the song isn't originally mine, I'm putting these out there for anyone who wants to use them. For me, they more genuinely capture the true spirit of our profession, and the joy and benevolence it ought to embody.

    All the hopeful nervous faces
    Life can be a bitter game
    Don’t forget that we’re all human
    Smile warmly, ask their names
    You don’t worry about the stigma
    Keep an eye out for the law
    Tonight we’re gonna have a good time
    We’re gonna have a ball

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Believe me I love what I do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    An artist of pleasure for you

    Gonna make my clients happy
    Show them how fun this can be
    Everyone needs some connection
    While we’re together it’s you and me
    All the hopeful nervous faces
    Life can be a bitter game
    Don’t forget that we’re all human
    Smile warmly, ask their names

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Sex symbol, love what I do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    A healer with pleasure for you

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Believe me I love what I do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    An artist of pleasure for you

    Worth every dollar
    Bitcoin or other crypto is perfect, thank you
    Let me help you with that collar
    Tell me, do you feel done or shall we do it again?

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Why shouldn’t I love what I do?
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    A healer with pleasure for you

    All the hopeful nervous faces
    Life can be a bitter game
    Don’t forget that they’re all human
    Smile warmly, ask their names
    You don’t worry about the stigma
    Keep an eye out for the law
    Tonight we’re gonna have a good time
    We’re gonna have a ball

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I hope you’ll love what I do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    An artist of pleasure for you

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Believe me I love what I do
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    A healer with pleasure for you

    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    I'm your private dancer, a dancer for money
    Just a private dancer, a dancer for money
  • Chris from Germany Wow what would be if Tina Turner had not released this Album and especially those singles on that album.
    Tina Turner reached new paths and new generations of fans with this album. I am rather young and i don't know all the Dire Straits stuff and especially not the early works but Private Dancer is a typical Mark Knopfler song. Some can hear the similarities to Dire Straits songs.
    I remember the video it was even played in the early 90s on MTV.
  • George from Vancouver, CanadaClearly a stripper; &, to me, I agree that it sounds like a classy one(thus unlikely to do double-duty as a prostitute); the only dance a hooker's gonna do is the Horizontal Mambo!
  • Eric from Beaverton, OrI didn't know this was written by Mark Knopfler, but now that I think about it, it definitely sounds like one of his songs.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiMy favorite Tina Turner song! She doesn't sound like a prostitute.
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnNot only was this intended for Dire Straits' Love Over Gold album, but the chorus of that album's title track is, melodically, an echo of this song's chorus.
  • Scott from Blackwood, NjThe 'Private Dancer' is not a prostitute or stripper. The character is in fact a Dancer, much along the lines of the girls in Sweet Charity. While yes there was usually sex involved, in the early 20th century there were dance hall girls who men would pay to dance with (sex was implied but never expected).
  • Joey from Boston, MaI always thought this song was about a stripper, not a prostitute. Some people might think they're the same thing, but there's a difference IMO.
  • Wes from Springfield, VaI think it's a modern version of Richard Rodgers' bluesy "Ten Cents a Dance," about a dance hostess, notably sung by Doris Day in "Love Me or Leave Me" (1955).
  • Marvin from East Brady, PaMark Knopfler originally planned on using it on the Dire Straits album Love Over Gold but left it off so he gave it to Tiny Turner.
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