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Dancing in the Dark
Bruce Springsteen Lyrics


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I get up in the evenin'
And I ain't got nothin' to say
I come home in the mornin'
I go to bed feelin' the same way
I ain't nothin' but tired
Man, I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there, baby, I could use just a little help

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark

Messages keeps gettin' clearer
Radio's on and I'm movin' 'round my place
I check my look in the mirror
Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man, I ain't gettin' nowhere
I'm just livin' in a dump like this
There's somethin' happenin' somewhere
Baby, I just know that there is

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark

You sit around gettin' older
There's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
I'll shake this world off my shoulders
Come on, baby, the laugh's on me

Stay on the streets of this town
And they'll be carvin' you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry
Hey baby, I'm just about starvin' tonight
I'm dyin' for some action
I'm sick of sittin' 'round here tryin' to write this book
I need a love reaction
Come on now, baby, gimme just one look

You can't start a fire
Sittin' 'round cryin' over a broken heart
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
You can't start a fire
Worryin' about your little world fallin' apart
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Hey baby

Overall Meaning

In Bruce Springsteen's hit song "Dancing in the Dark," the singer expresses his restlessness and dissatisfaction with his life. He begins by describing his monotonous routine of going out at night without any real purpose, only to come home feeling tired and unfulfilled. He craves a little help in the form of some excitement or inspiration. The song's chorus emphasizes the idea that in order to make a change in his life, he needs a spark to ignite the fire within him. He offers himself as a "gun for hire," so to speak, willing to take on any challenge or opportunity that comes his way.


As the song progresses, he continues to analyze his life and the world around him. He mentions the passing of time and the feeling of being stuck, unable to make progress. He desires to shake off this feeling of stagnation by making a change in his appearance and attitude. He feels that something important is happening somewhere in the world, and he wants to be a part of it, to experience the thrill of living fully. The song's final verse reveals that he has been writing a book, but he is growing restless with the process and craves a love reaction, or some inspiration to make the words come alive.


Overall, the song is both a commentary on modern life and a call to action to break out of the monotony and find fulfillment in something extraordinary. It urges the listener to take risks, to embrace change, and to pursue their passions with vigor.


Line by Line Meaning

I get up in the evenin'
I wake up in the evening


And I ain't got nothin' to say
I have nothing to say


I come home in the mornin'
I return home in the morning


I go to bed feelin' the same way
I go to bed feeling the same as when I woke up


I ain't nothin' but tired
I'm just exhausted


Man, I'm just tired and bored with myself
I'm bored with myself and my own life


Hey there, baby, I could use just a little help
Hey there, I could use some help


You can't start a fire
You cannot ignite a fire


You can't start a fire without a spark
You need a spark to ignite a fire


This gun's for hire
I am available for hire


Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark


Messages keeps gettin' clearer
The message is becoming clearer to me


Radio's on and I'm movin' 'round my place
The radio is playing and I'm moving around my house


I check my look in the mirror
I look at myself in the mirror


Wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
I want to change my clothes, my hair, my face


Man, I ain't gettin' nowhere
I'm not getting anywhere


I'm just livin' in a dump like this
I'm just living in a place like this


There's somethin' happenin' somewhere
There's something happening somewhere


Baby, I just know that there is
I just know that there is


You sit around gettin' older
You sit around and age


There's a joke here somewhere and it's on me
There's a joke somewhere and I am the punchline


I'll shake this world off my shoulders
I'll get rid of this burden on my shoulders


Come on, baby, the laugh's on me
Come on, baby, make fun of me


Stay on the streets of this town
Stay on the streets of this town


And they'll be carvin' you up alright
They will harm you


They say you gotta stay hungry
They say that you must stay motivated


Hey baby, I'm just about starvin' tonight
Hey baby, I'm really hungry tonight


I'm dyin' for some action
I'm desperate for some excitement


I'm sick of sittin' 'round here tryin' to write this book
I'm tired of sitting here and trying to write this book


I need a love reaction
I need love


Come on now, baby, gimme just one look
Please give me a chance


Sittin' 'round cryin' over a broken heart
Crying over a broken heart


Worryin' about your little world fallin' apart
Worrying about everything falling apart


Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark


Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark


Even if we're just dancin' in the dark
Even if we're just dancing in the dark


Hey baby
Hey baby




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Bruce Springsteen

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@songs-80s

"暗闇の中でのダンス"

私は夕方に起きます
そして、私は何も言うことはありません
朝家に帰ります
同じ気持ちで寝ます
疲れただけじゃない
男私はただ疲れていて、自分自身に退屈しています
Hey there baby 少しだけ助けてあげられるよ

火を起こすことはできません
火花がないと火を起こすことはできません
この銃はレンタル用です
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても

メッセージはより明確になります
ラジオがオンになっていて、私は自分の場所を移動しています。
鏡で自分の姿を確認する
服も髪も顔も変えたい
どうにもならない男
私はこのようなダンプに住んでいます
どこかで何かが起こっている
ベイビー、そこにいることを知っているだけ

火を起こすことができない
火花がなければ火を起こすことはできない
この銃はレンタル用です
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても

あなたは年を取ると座って
冗談があります、ここのどこかで、それは私にあります
この世界を肩から振り払う
歌詞の意味: 赤ちゃんに来てください。

この街の通りにいて
そして、彼らはあなたをうまく切り刻むでしょう
彼らはあなたが空腹のままでなければならないと言います
Hey baby 今夜はもうお腹が空くよ
私はいくつかのアクションのために死にます
この本を書こうとしてここに座っているのはもううんざりだ
愛のリアクションが欲しい
さあ、ベイビーギミー一目だけ

傷ついた心に泣いて座って火を起こすことはできない
この銃はレンタル用です
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても
あなたの小さな世界が崩壊することを心配して火を起こすことはできません
この銃はレンタル用です
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても
暗闇の中でただ踊っていても



All comments from YouTube:

@jerrynavratil2629

My wife and I are now 75 n 76 yrs old and every time this song comes on she gets up and dances like she's 20 yrs old is terrific and I'm playing the drums on the table like I know what I'm doing thank you Bruce for a great song

@helenehamon1237

Greetings from France ❤

@josiereedus45

Greetings from Germany!😍💖

@robertwagner8544

@@josiereedus45 So süß...and more greetings from Germany!

@Rachel-vx7tj

Beautiful ❤️

@tahirasultan8280

so cute💞💞

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@sharynwilkerson9900

:No one but no one can ever perform this song like he does. I'm 78 yrs. old, have cancer and kidney failure etc. and even though I can't get up and dance to this song, I'm pretty good at dancing in my chair. lol He just lifts my spirit listening to him and watching him perform. I give thanks to you, Bruce, for making my day a little brighter.

@roger80371

Saúde e vida longa de Brasil 😊

@lindadavis5668

Keep listening Sharyn ♥. Life is minute by minute. I have chronic pain and other illnesses. I try to set very small goals for myself and still have long term goals for the future. Easy does it. My aunt said, if u can't do it, it will be right there waiting for you.

@lynnbrockel

rite here with you joan brockel@@lindadavis5668

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