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Slow dancing in the dark
Joji Lyrics


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I don't want a friend (just me)
I want my life in two (just want my life)
Just one more night
Waiting to get there
Waiting for you (all night)
I'm done fighting all night (waiting for you)

When I'm around slow dancing in the dark
Don't follow me, you'll end up in my arms
You have made up your mind
I don't need no more signs
Can you?
Can you?

Give me reasons we should be complete
You should be with him, I can't compete
You looked at me like I was someone else, oh well
Can't you see?
I don't wanna slow dance (I don't want to slow dance)
In the dark
Dark

When you gotta run
Just hear my voice in you (my voice in you)
Shutting me out of you (shutting me out of you)
Doing so great (so great, so great)
You

Used to be the one (used to be the one)
To hold you when you fall
Yeah, yeah, yeah (when you fall, when you fall)
I don't fuck with your tone (I don't fuck with your tone)
I don't wanna go home (I don't wanna go home)
Can it be one night?
Can you?
Can you?

Give me reasons we should be complete
You should be with him, I can't compete
You looked at me like I was someone else, oh well
Can't you see?
I don't wanna slow dance (I don't want to slow dance)
In the dark
Dark
In the dark
Dark

Overall Meaning

The song 'Slow dancing in the dark' by Joji initially gives the impression of a romantic song. However, on deeper interpretation, it becomes clear that Joji is addressing the crippling feeling of loneliness and the fears that stem from the prospect of falling in love. The first stanza begins with Joji expressing his desire to be alone and have his life in two. The second line refers to his struggle with a decision, which is also the central theme of the song. Joji knows he wants to be with someone, yet he is paralyzed by the fear of losing his independence. He counts one more night until he can finally muster the courage to make a decision.


The chorus ‘when I'm around slow dancing in the dark, don't follow me, you'll end up in my arms’ is an invitation and a warning all at once. Joji is suggesting that the person should not give in to their attraction because he is not ready for anything more than friendship. He has made up his mind, and he does not require any more signs. At the same time, he acknowledges that he enjoyed the intimacy of slow dancing in the dark, and he's afraid it may have sent the wrong signal to the person.


In the second stanza, Joji pleads with the object of his affection, asking for reasons why they should be together. He is aware that the other person is already involved with someone, and he can't compete with their relationship. Joji also feels unnoticed and unimportant because the person they are with did not recognize them when they looked at them. The last line 'I don't wanna slow dance in the dark' repeats the sentiment that he is not ready for a relationship, at least not one that involves losing his independence.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't want a friend (just me)
I don't want someone who is just a friend, I want someone who is more and my life to be shared with them


I want my life in two (my life in two)
I want my life to be shared with someone else, creating two halves that make a whole


Just one more night
One last night to be spent together


Waiting to get there
Patiently waiting for the moment to arrive


Waiting for you (all night)
Waiting for the other person to arrive and spend time together


I'm done fighting all night (waiting for you)
I'm tired of arguing and fighting all night while waiting for the other person to arrive


When I'm around slow dancing in the dark
When we're together, dancing slowly in the darkness


Don't follow me, you'll end up in my arms
Don't resist me, you'll eventually succumb to my advances


You have made up your mind
You've made a decision


I don't need no more signs
I don't need any more indications or hints


Can you?
Can you understand or relate to what I'm saying?


Give me reasons we should be complete
Tell me why we should be together and make each other whole


You should be with him, I can't compete
You should be with someone else, I can't measure up to them


You looked at me like I was someone else, oh well
You didn't see me as myself, but that's okay


Can't you see? (Can't you see?)
Can't you understand or realize what's going on?


I don't wanna slow dance (I don't want to slow dance)
I don't want to take it slow, I want to move forward


In the dark
Hidden away from the world, keeping things private


When you gotta run
When you have to leave quickly


Just hear my voice in you (my voice in you)
Just remember what I said to you and carry it with you


Shutting me out of you (shutting me out of you)
Pushing me away and closing yourself off


Doing so great (so great, so great)
Acting like everything is going well, ignoring the problems


You
Referring to the other person


Used to be the one (used to be the one)
I used to be the one who was always there for you


To hold you when you fall
To be there for you when you're struggling and need support


I don't fuck with your tone (I don't fuck with your tone)
I don't like the way you're speaking to me


I don't wanna go home (I don't wanna go home)
I don't want to leave, I want to keep spending time with you


Can it be one night?
Can we just have one more night together?




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: George Kusunoki Miller, Jonathan Patrick Wimberly

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